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Sustainable nutrition and prevention of food losses in canteens

The importance of out-of-home gastronomy is growing. In canteens, the challenge is particularly great to adapt the range of food to the increasing demands of the customers and to plan the quantities so that sufficient food is available. At the same time, it is necessary to keep food waste as low as possible and, especially in small canteens, to maintain profitability. Under these conditions, the issue of sustainable nutrition is rarely addressed in many canteens.

The practical project " Sustainable nutrition and prevention of food losses in canteens" (Canteen Project) addresses exactly this point, especially in the canteens of LANUV and MKULNV. The aim is to sensitize canteen operators and employees primarily through a participatory approach to the topics of sustainable nutrition and avoidance of food losses and to promote sustainable thinking and management in canteen operations.

In addition to workshops and advisory services, target group-specific online surveys are carried out in the canteens of the LANUV locations in Essen, Düsseldorf and Recklinghausen (incl. choice experiment) to determine the characteristics relevant to the customers' choice of food. The evaluation of the survey by means of quantitative methods (factor and cluster analysis) leads to the estimation of the relevance of different product (nutritional value, taste, price, etc.) and process attributes (seasonal, regional, fair trade, organic, etc.) and their influence on the decision for a dish as well as the possibly arising plate leftovers. A further aim is to determine the influence of external factors such as time budget, noise level and social factors (colleagues at lunch) on the selection decision and eating behaviour.

The cooperation with Münster University of Applied Sciences enables scientific developments and the transfer of the findings from the NAHGAST project of iSuN. The TU Berlin is responsible for the scientific preparation and statistical analysis of the surveys. The results are to be used in the planning and tendering process for the canteen in the new LANUV building in Duisburg, in order to be able to respond better to the wishes of the employees.

Duration: 06/2017 - 11/2017

Funding code: REFORDAT-325

Funding agency: Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture, Nature and Consumer Protection of North Rhine-Westphalia (MULNV)

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