How much do we waste, and how much is that costing us?

A third of all food produced annually is thrown away or lost. This amounts to around 1,3 billion ton each year. Annually the average Dutch citizen wastes 50 kilos of food. That's about 110 pounds. This costs each household between 270 and 400 euros. The biggest cause of waste is storing products too long or incorrectly.


Febo - People from the Netherlands like to eat croquettes: a drum of fried, breaded ragout usually containing horse meat. Taking a croquette out of the wall is a typical Dutch custom. You just put a coin in the machine and take your snack out. Perfect when you are in a hurry or when you are drunk. Willem Velthoven

In developing countries, 40% of food loss occurs during transportation or processing. 40% of food loss in developed countries is lost at retail and consumer levels.

Sources: Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation.