Intro to IFWC

The International Food Waste Coalition (IFWC) is a not-for-profit organisation, set up to foster collaboration and coordinate action to reduce food loss and waste across Europe’s hospitality and food service sector.

Driven by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 target to halve per capita food waste by 2030, we help private and public sector organisations across the value chain to identify, measure and find new solutions to reduce food waste.

For a planet with natural resources under pressure and a global population projected to increase by a third in the next 30 years, where will the extra food come from? Wasting food is no longer an option.

Global Food Waste Context


squandered annually as a result of this level of inefficiency, the impact on our planet’s dwindling natural resources is mindboggling

*Champions 12.3 - Call to Global Action on Food Loss and Waste, 2020. BCG FLW is a $1.2 trillion cost and represents a $700 billion opportunity:


Our Vision

Our vision is a more sustainable food system for everyone

We want Europe’s hospitality and food service sector to become a shining example for the rest of the world, leading the way through collaboration, innovative solutions and an uncompromising approach to food waste reduction.

Damien Verdier, President of the International Food Waste Coalition

We have a big ambition for the coalition. We truly believe that the collective organisation that we are creating will provide efficient solutions to the food waste challenge and bring back the value of food. A challenge which must not be underestimated, both in terms of the impact on the climate and on natural resources, and the big question of ‘how will we feed the world in 2050?'

Our Experts

Stéphane Leroux, Executive Director

Stéphane has over 20 years’ international experience across a range of sectors, including a decade managing Europe’s leading glass recycling company. Passionate about sustainable business, he is driven by a strong sense of purpose beyond profit
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Thomas Candeal, Project Manager

Since joining the International Food Waste Coalition in 2016, Thomas has helped private and public sector organisations across the value chain to reduce food loss and waste. He has extensive experience in sustainable innovation and has
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