Due to the long shelf life and ability to portion, frozen products are one important solution in the fight against food waste, according to the Deutsche Tiefkühlinstitut e.V. (dti). The organization was active in the nationwide action week “Germany saves food!”, featuring a number of consumer education activities. Frozen foods can contribute, through their properties, to affording a more sustainable diet because they are in significantly lower quantities are thrown away less than comparable fresh products. The targeted, needs-based storage and portioning, as well as the unproblematic long-term storage in household freezers due to the long best before dates are just some of the advantages over alternatives forms of preservation and fresh foods.
Due to the timely processing after the harvest, the vitamins and nutrients are almost completely retained. Just as important, the raw materials are fully used in the production of frozen food. This means that very little waste is generated during the manufacturing process.
The dti has long been committed to reducing food waste and has demonstrated its commitment by signing the agreement with the BMEL in March 2020.