AFFI Leader Lauds Frozens at ‘No Taste for Waste’ Event

American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) President and CEO Alison Bodor participated in a panel discussion on food waste in New York City on April 10 to commend the launch of the “No Taste for Waste” promotion. The campaign features an interactive website, “Waste Less, Save Money!,” a special edition “bookazine,” and social media resources for consumers interested in reducing household food waste.

no taste for waste logo“Frozen food is a food waste solution that hasn’t received the attention it deserves,” said Bodor. “Freezing uneaten food extends its shelf-life, and buying already frozen food means that families can prepare only as much as they need and store the rest for later use.”

Alison Bodor AFFI and other panelistsAFFI President and CEO Alison Bodor (fourth from left) is seen with fellow panelists Dave Kurns of Successful Farming, Jay Vroom of CropLife America, Brett Reinford of Dairy Farmer, and Thomas McQuillan of Baldor Specialty Foods.In opening remarks, she cited research published in the British Food Journal that revealed frozen food generates almost 50% less waste at home than non-frozen food, so families can save money while still eating healthy meals.

“There is more our industry can do,” said Bodor. “That’s why AFFI joined the Food Marketing Institute and Grocery Manufacturers Association’s voluntary product code dating initiative.”

She explained that the Institute’s support of “BEST If Used By” language to indicate best product quality for frozen foods will help facilitate consumer understanding of date labeling and lessen food waste.

In closing, Bodor encouraged attendees to “think about all the ways that frozen foods and your freezer can help you reduce waste and save more.”

The Arlington, Virginia-headquartered American Frozen Food Institute is a national trade association that represents the interests of all segments of the frozen food and beverage industry in the United States. It works to advance food safety and advocates before legislative and regulatory entities on behalf of the organization’s membership.