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Competence Center for Out-of-Home Catering

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Competence Center for Out-of-Home Catering to reduce food waste

Food waste costs Out-of-Home Catering many millions of euros per year and additionally bundels many unused resources. In the Competence Center for Out-of-Home Catering, we want to support companies in reducing food waste through monitoring food waste and efficient reduction measures. Through our scientific monitoring, we also want to evaluate the success of a voluntary target agreement in the course of the project. 

Background and Objective

With the United Nations' "Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development," Germany has committed itsself to the goal of significantly reducing food waste. By 2030, food waste is to be halved at the retail and consumer level and the food losses that occur along the production and supply chain, including post-harvest losses, are to be reduced. For Germany, this global sustainability goal is implemented through the National Food Waste Strategy.

As part of this strategy, which was presented by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in February 2019, Dialog Forums were opened for each sector to jointly develop concrete measures to reduce food waste and develop sector-specific target agreements. 

The Dialogue Forum of the Out-of-Home Catering (AHV) ran from 2019 to 2021. The Competence Center for Out-of-Home Catering (KAHV), which the Thünen-Institute primarily accompanies scientifically, continues the dialogue in the sector and reviews and documents the successes of the sector with regard to the declaration of participation (signed by companies) for the target agreement (signed by associations). The signatories of this agreement are committed to the Union-wide indicative target for the reduction of food waste by 30 percent by 2025 and by 50 percent by 2030 for the Out-of-Home Catering sector. KAHV will serve as a neutral, inter-association body over the next three years. It will be funded by the ministry till November 2024 and self-financed until at least 2030 to implement this target agreement. 

To achieve the targets, food waste reduction measures will be evaluated and the efficiency of the implemented measures will be communicated. In addition, food waste is measured in a continuous monitoring process in order to show te reduction trend towards the achievement of the targets and to readjust them if necessary. Another important task of the KAHV is the acquisition and consultation of (future) signatories in order to achieve the highest possible market coverage and thus to make representative statements for the entire sector.


The Competence Center is coordinated and managed by United Against Waste (UAW), funded by the BMEL. The Thünen Institute acts as a scientific partner, evaluating the incoming data and the underlying process. 
As a neutral and inter-association body, KAHV continues the exchange and dialogue between the actors in Out-of-Home Catering and prepares relevant key figures for the sector. This includes in particular
- the collection, analysis and processing of food waste data submitted by companies,
- the preparation of targets for Out-of-Home Catering,
- the documentation of the targets achieved for various target groups, and
- monitoring implementation and success to verify the effectiveness of this target agreement. 

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Funding Body

  • Federal Ministry of Food und Agriculture (BMEL)
    (national, öffentlich)


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