Official handover of the vehicle took place together with all sponsors at the Cologne Tafel site
Anuga, the world’s leading trade fair for food and beverages, has joined 24 other sponsors in supporting Tafel Köln with the purchase of a new (deep-freeze) refrigerated vehicle. The 7.5-tonne truck will enable the non-profit organisation to collect larger quantities of food from now on and thus provide better support to people in need. Instead of the previous maximum capacity of 4-euro pallets of the transporters in the existing vehicle fleet, the Kölner Tafel can now pick up – depending on the weight – up to 12-euro pallets at once. The vehicle will also be on the road beyond Cologne in NRW as part of the Tafel Köln’s distribution function.
“Anuga has supported the Cologne food bank for many years. Every two years, the food and beverages that are exhibited at the fair and not transported back to their respective home towns are made available to the association for collection. With the new larger vehicle, significantly more quantities can be collected in one go and, in terms of sustainability, an important contribution can be made to the issue of foodwaste”, explains Stefanie Mauritz, Director Anuga.
Karin Fürhaupter, Chairwoman of Tafel Köln e. V., adds: “Since 1995, we have seen our task as collecting surplus food that is still in perfect condition and would otherwise be thrown away and distributing it to people in need, in line with our motto: “Distribute instead of destroy!” Over the years, the demands on our work have naturally grown. More and more citizens are making use of the help of Tafel Köln. The larger refrigerated vehicle makes our work much easier when collecting larger quantities directly from the manufacturer, the supplier or, for example, at trade fairs. Multiple trips with our smaller vans are also unnecessary, which is an additional contribution to environmental protection.”