Combat food waste with these tasty cakes
Each year, food waste from households, retail establishments and the food service industry totals 931 million tonnes. Nearly 570 million tonnes of this waste occurs at the household level. 
In order to raise awareness of the issue and join the fight against food waste, the Agriculture and Fisheries Department and the Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM) have worked with chef Dominique Persoone and creative agency, Wunderman Thompson Benelux, to create ‘Shopcakes’, a smart snack that can be consumed before grocery shopping to prevent hunger-fuelled impulse buying.
The recipe uses carefully-selected ingredients that both satisfy hunger and offer a way of using products that often end up going to waste. The ‘Shopcakes’ contain:
Banana, full of satisfying natural sugar
Nuts, to help people feel fuller for longer
Whole-wheat bread, full of fiber to satisfy the stomach
Flaxseed to stimulate hormones that satisfy hunger
Dark chocolate, which adds bitterness and helps people feel sated
To launch the campaign, the ‘Shopcakes’ were handed out at the Colruyt Laagste Prijzen shop in Brugge-Sint-Pieters to fill shoppers up before they started their food shop so they weren’t buying unnecessary items that would eventually end up going to waste. Now, the organisation is sharing the recipe so you can make your own ‘Shopcakes’ to stop you from shopping hungry and in turn, combat food waste.
Chef Dominique Persoone said: “To a chef, throwing away food really is sinful. To combat the issue, we went in search of ingredients that not only taste great, but help you stay fuller for longer. We found ingredients such as chocolate, bananas, nuts, and bread often get thrown away because they’re perceived to be past their use-by date, so we created these ‘Shopcakes’ to hand out to people before they shop to quell their hunger. What’s more, is these ingredients will be found in most homes, so can easily be made from leftover ingredients to ensure the food doesn’t go to waste.”
Jan Verheyen at OVAM said: “In Belgium, 63% of Flemish people say they hate to throw away food, but every year, the average Flemish family throws 88kg of food in the bin. For the whole of Flanders, Belgium, this translates to 240,925 tonnes of food being wasted every year. We want people to be more mindful about their shopping and stop buying vast quantities of food that up being thrown away unnecessarily. With these cakes, Dominique has effectively solved food waste with food waste to show people just how easy it is to create a snack that will fill them up while they’re running their errands. We’re confident these delicious cakes will do their part in the fight against food waste and raise awareness of the huge quantities of food that are wasted and, in many cases, could be saved.”
Manuel Ostyn, Creative Director at Wunderman Thompson Benelux said: “Food waste is a huge issue globally, so we wanted to launch a campaign that would encourage people to use surplus food in a circular way. We were delighted to partner with Dominique who has brought our idea to life by creating a delicious product that people can easily replicate at home, and we’re confident these small but mighty cakes will play their part in the fight against food waste.”