Photo credit: Anders Brinckmeyer
Photo credit: Anders Brinckmeyer
Photo credit: Anders Brinckmeyer
Photo credit: Anders Brinckmeyer
Photo credit: Anders Brinckmeyer
Photo credit: Anders Brinckmeyer
Photo credit: Anders Brinckmeyer
Photo credit: Anders Brinckmeyer
Photo credit: Anders Brinckmeyer
Photo credit: Anders Brinckmeyer

Food Waste and the Danish Food Bank


Food & Talk | Monday, Feb 18 | 6.30pm

Come and join us for our next Food & Talk! We are delighted to have the CEO of the Danish Food Bank Karen-Inger Thorsen with us to talk about the important topic of food waste.

Food Waste in Denmark

In the past five years Denmark has become one of the leading European countries in the fight against food waste.  According to numbers published by the Ministry of Environment and Food, Danish households had a total food wastage of 261,000 tons in 2011-12, a figure that was reduced to 247,000 tons in 2017.

About the Danish Food Bank

The Danish Food Bank was founded in 2008 as a voluntary association. It was the first institution in the Nordic countries to reduce food waste systematically and on a large scale, by redistributing healthy food to socially disadvantaged people.

As a member of FEBA, the Federation of European Food Banks, the Danish branch works within an international network defined by a common set of values and procedures, which are developed in corporation with the largest international stakeholders within the food industry.

In 2017 the team of the Danish Food Bank moved 914 tons of fresh surplus food. What does that mean? How much food is this? Well, it translates into 2.285.000 meals. Broken down to a day-to-day level this means 3 tons of food redistributed instead of going to waste, served 6.200 meals for people in most need of nutritious meals - every day, all year round, in all parts of Denmark. It is mostly dairy, fruit, vegetables and colonial goods such as cinnamon, buns and pickled cabbage, that are donated as surplus food.

What do this figures show? What does it mean for our society and our consumption of everyday food? What is the value of food? We are impressed by the numbers and the amazing work the Danish Food Bank is doing – and we have a lot of questions. For sure you will have a lot of questions too.

Join us for this next Food & Talk! We are very much looking forward to Karen-Inger sharing her experience over the past years and her knowledge about this topic with us. 

You can find out more about the Danish Food Bank here.

What is the evening about

Doors open at 6.30pm and you will be able to purchase drinks at the bar. Karen-Inger will share her insights on food waste and the story of the Danish Food Bank in conversation with Trine.

We’ll be serving a tasty stew with bread in the break. Here on after the conversation can continue amongst everyone, bar will stay open until 10 pm.


This is an event in Danish. Ticket incl. food and talk is DKK 150.