Stop Spild Af Mad, Visits

Princess Marie visits FoedevareBanken (Danish Food Bank)

On Tuesday, Princess Marie visited FoedevareBanken – the Danish Food Bank- in Copenhagen, as part of her involvement in the fight against food waste in Denmark. The NGO’s motto is “From Food Waste to Meals” (‘Fra Madspild til Maltid’)

FoedevareBanken is a nonprofit organization fighting food waste and food poverty in Denmark. The Danish Food Bank fights food waste while ensuring better food to socially disadvantaged people in Denmark: “On the one hand, huge amounts of food are discarded on a daily basis in the food sector. This means a waste of resources and it causes a great strain on the environment. On the other hand, some of the most disadvantaged people in our society are often denied the opportunity for a daily and nutritious meal, which is of vital importance to their health.”

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Princess Marie was received by Karen-Inger Thorsen, Managing Director John Køppler and Project Manager Marie Uldall. During the visit, she visited the Food Bank’s warehouse and was given an introduction to how the Food Bank and the organization’s 250 volunteers handle surplus food from industry and food producers and allocate it to schools organizations for socially disadvantaged in Denmark. They also have stores in Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Kolding. The organization doesn’t receive food that is over the consumption date but food that – for many different reasons-can not be sold. This may be due to errors on the label, seasonal items, overproduction, short date or other conditions.

Princess Marie also had the opportunity to see a van being filled with a lot of sweets that were going to be delivered to socially disadvantaged people later in the day. She also met some of the volunteers who spoke about their work at the Food Bank.

 

The Danish Food Bank was founded as a voluntary association in January 2008. Thus the organization is the first initiative amongst the Nordic countries to not only reduce food waste systematically and on a large scale, but also provide healthy food to socially disadvantaged people. The Danish Food Bank only receive food from the food sector and warehouses: ” We receive a fresh surplus of food from producers, warehouses, and wholesales. 6 days a week our volunteers collect and redistribute the food to organizations working with socially disadvantaged kids, young people and adults. Our work is made possible due to the support from the many volunteering people and organizations supporting us; food donors wanting to donate their fresh surplus food, organizations wishing to receive food, volunteers offering their labor and time and last, but not least businesses and private citizens supporting The Danish Food Bank financially or with knowhow.”

The Danish Food Bank is also supported financially by foundations. Indeed, in 2013 The Danish Food Bank received 7 million euros from the VELUX FOUNDATION covering the period from 2013-2017: “The purpose of this donation was to help The Danish Food Bank expand to East Jutland, to strengthen the organization and to develop a strategy for income, thereby ensuring the organization as a financially sustainable organization.”

Princess Marie has been very involved in the fight against food waste in the past few years. She works with the Stop Wasting Food Movement (Stop Spild Af Mad), and she is Patron of the Better Food for More People – World Food Summit. She has given several interviews about the initiative and her personal experience and she also welcomed school children in her private home to teach them how to avoid food waste as much as possible.

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After her visit, Princess Marie said to Billed-Bladet: “I am very impressed that so many volunteers work here. They help to distribute food to the whole country. It is a very good organization”

About the visit, the Food Bank’s Director Karen-Inger Thorsen said: We met a very dedicated and knowledgeable princess who clearly burns for the area of ​​food waste and who was very well-prepared. A great pleasure!”

You can view a video here.

For this event, Princess Marie wore a recycled outfit. She chose her black and white Tara Jarmon clover-printed dress.

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She paired it with her favorite Carlend Copenhagen ‘Aicha’ clutch and ufo black pumps dating back to 2015.

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©Carlend Copenhagen

She wore new Christine Hvelplund alphabet earrings. She chose an A and H for Athena and Henrik, just like her Christine Hvelplund alphabet necklace. She also wore a new Hermes black leather bracelet (with thanks to Nuria for the close-up photo).

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We’ll next see Princess Marie on September 16th when she and Prince Joachim will attend the official opening of the ‘EventyrDronningen’ exhibition with Queen Margrethe.

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Institutions, Nikolaï, Visits

Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, and Prince Nikolai attend Flag Day Ceremonies across the country

Today, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie were in Fredericia to attend ceremonies commemorating Flag Day. Flag Day takes place on September 5th each year and honors those who have served for Denmark and every year between 2011 and 2016, either the Crown Prince Couple or Prince Joachim and Princess Marie attended the ceremonies in Copenhagen. However, since last year, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary attend the ceremonies in Copenhagen while Prince Joachim and Princess Marie attend the ceremonies in another city.

 

Prince Joachim and Princess Marie first visited Ryes Kaserne were they were received by Colonel Soren Andersen. There, they took part in a wreath-laying ceremony.

Afterward, they attended a service at St Michaelis Church before attending a military parade.

In the afternoon, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie were received at Meldahls Town Hall where they met representatives from a shelter for veterans.

Prince Joachim and Princess Marie then walked from the Town Hall to Klojhuset. This walk gave them the opportunity to meet with the crowd waiting for them.

In Klojhuset, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie took part in a lunch with veterans where one local veteran held a speech.

For the first time, Prince Nikolai also took part in the Flag Day ceremonies. Indeed, Prince Nikolai is now a student at Haerens Sergentskole in Varde and the school also had its own ceremony to commemorate the day.

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For these somber ceremonies, Princess Marie wore her Giorgio Armani Fall 2009 jacket with a new white printed dress from Peserico, an Italian brand (with thanks to an anonymous reader). This jacket is her “funeral” jacket as she only wears it to attend somber events or funerals. The last time she wore it was for Prince Henrik’s funeral.

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She paired the outfit with her new favorite combo: her Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ black suede pumps and her Carlend Copenhagen ‘Aicha’ clutch. She wore the same accessories in Odense yesterday. Her earrings and her fascinator are old but sadly I don’t have any IDs for them.

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We’ll next see Princess Marie on Saturday when she’ll attend a DEMA event in Grasten.

Visits

Princess Marie officially welcomes new international students to the University of Southern Denmark

On Tuesday, Princess Marie was in Odense to take part in the official welcome ceremony of new international students at the University of Southern Denmark.

 

Princess Marie has been working with the SDU since 2009. Since she herself studied abroad and she has also learned a new culture and a new language upon becoming a Princess of Denmark, she works with the SDU to improve the experience of the new international students each year and to help strengthen the knowledge of university education and research.

After the ceremony, Princess Marie had the opportunity to meet with several students along with Principal Henrik Dam. Almost 1.000 international students from 83 different countries will spend this semester studying at SDU and Princess Marie said she was very happy to see that there were so many students interested in studying in Denmark.

Princess Marie wore a new Tara Jarmon black silk blouse. She wore the same blouse in red during the first day of the French state visit. She paired the blouse with her black Chanel skirt.

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She wore her Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ black suede pumps and her Carlend Copenhagen clutch. I believe her earrings might be new but I couldn’t find a good close up of them to be sure.

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©Jimmy Choo
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Better Food For More People, Stop Spild Af Mad, Visits

Princess Marie officially opens the Better Food for More People – World Food Summit 2018

Today, Princess Marie officially opened the Better Food for More People – World Food Summit 2018 at Christianborg Palace.

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This is the third edition of the two-day Summit and the second with Princess Marie as Patron. The summit is hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark. The ‘Better Food for More People’ movement was combined with the World Food Summit.

More about the summit from the Ministry of Environment and Food: “The purpose of the global movement “Better Food for More People” and the annual World Food Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark is to unleash the full potential of gastronomy in order to create worldwide solid solutions that ensure better food for more people. The urban population of the world has grown rapidly from 746 million in 1950 to 3.9 billion in 2014 and is expected to surpass 6 billion by 2045. The amount of information about food is huge and difficult to get right, 1 in 10 people in the world fall ill after eating contaminated food, more than 244 million people lived outside their country of origin and more than 40 % of food waste in industrialized countries occurs at retail and consumer levels. “

“The need for strong solutions across the world is calling for action among the world’s politicians, decision makers, experts, professionals, chefs, scientist and CEO’s. Better Food for More People and the annual World Food Summit in Copenhagen is framing that action to evolve and take place. Together with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which involves all nations, the aim is to push forward the agenda of sustainable development within the production and consumption of food and essentially healthy lives in the global society. “

 

Here is Princess Marie’s speech: ” Good morning ministers, CEO’s, chefs, journalists, food enthusiasts, ladies, and gentlemen.

Welcome to the 3rd edition of The World Food Summit – Better Food for More People.

It is a pleasure to be here, and it is a pleasure for me to see people from all around the world gathered here today. 

It is a joyful occasion with the focus on a subject that is very dear to me: Food. But it is also a serious occasion. Because when it comes to both food consumption and production, we are facing enormous global challenges that call for global solutions.

Today, more than 800 million people live in hunger, while more than 2 billion people are overweight or obese.

This truly is the paradox of our time.

But our food is not only unequally distributed…

Every year, almost one-third of all food produced is either lost or wasted, and we have to stop that as well. Especially, since we live on a globe with limited resources.

As patron of this summit, I urge that we use this Summit to work together to address the global food challenges.

But first and foremost, every one of us must start by looking at our everyday lives and surroundings. We all have to be role models for our younger generation.

In my house, every now and then my children have to empty the fridge before buying new food. It means that I sometimes have to be a strict and unpopular parent – and I believe the best parents are!

We have to educate all our children to eat and consume food with modesty because science shows that it is during childhood that every person’s health and food habits are formed for the rest of their life.

We can all do a difference if we have the right tools, the knowledge, and the skills.

Therefore, we must work to ensure that all children are given the possibility to live a life with a healthy diet, with the ability to cook for themselves and the knowledge of the globes limitations.

I know that from where we stand today, this dream sounds less realistic than Denmark winning the World Cup in soccer. But nevertheless, it should be our aim.

I would like to end by thanking you all for coming here today.

By working together, we can create a joint movement and hopefully a sustainable world for the sake of our children.

A lot has to change if we are to ensure better food for more people.

Thank you for listening!”

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After the opening ceremony, Princess Marie and the Minister of Food and Environment Jacob Ellemann-Jensen met students from the European School in Copenhagen and they ate the food homemade by the students. Afterward, Princess Marie and Jacob Ellemann-Jensen went back to the main room to take part in the next events of the summit.

You can see a video of the event here.

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Princess Marie wore a fully recycled outfit today. She wore her Giorgio Armani black blazer from 2015 (no stock photo but it has the name of the brand on the button) with her DKNY white wrap printed dress.

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She paired the outfit with her Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ black suede and her Carlend Copenhagen ‘Aicha’ black clutch.

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©Carlend Copenhagen

We’ll next see Princess Marie on Saturday when she attends DEMA’s Preparedness Day.

Better Food For More People, Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival, Visits

Princess Marie officially opens Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival

Yesterday, Princess Marie officially opened the Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival in Copenhagen.

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This year’s edition marks the third year of the new CCFF. Indeed, this new version of the festival was created in 2016 when the original festival ‘Copenhagen Cooking’ decided to collaborate with the Food Organization of Denmark. Since Marie was Patron of Copenhagen Cooking since 2012, she became a Patron of the CCFF. This is the seventh time she visited the Festival (2011, 2012, 2014,2015,2016,2017).

The festival aims to promote Nordic gastronomy, especially Denmark’s. Around 100.000 visitors participate each year according to the festival. Princess Marie’s growing involvement with the festival makes sense since one of her main causes is fighting against food waste and promoting healthy cooking as well as Nordic gastronomy.

More about the CCFF: “Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival is an annual event which celebrates the culinary culture of Copenhagen as well as the whole of Denmark as a great food country. The festival is for everyone who loves food and hosts more than 100 unique events over 10 days at the end of August. Our official theme, ‘Breaking the New’, signals that the festival offers unique and different dining experiences and showcases the latest food trends. Every year some 80,000 festival-goers attend to celebrate Nordic cuisine, seasonal produce, and other great culinary experiences.”

Princess Marie made a speech at the event.

“Many thanks for the invitation to participate in the opening of the Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival. As a Patron, I’m pleased this evening to declare the festival open.

I would like to thank Business Minister Rasmus Jarlov and Environment and Food Minister Jakob Ellemann-Jensen for their support.

I am pleased that the Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival this year has focused on the UN World Goal 12 on food waste, which is a matter that is very important to me personally.

I had the pleasure of promoting the fight against food waste myself with some amazing children in my own home back in January.

There I, together with chef Timm Vladimir,  and the food savvy activist Selina Juul made a whole menu of surplus food together with 10 talented and dedicated children, all of whom had been a trip to the Arla Fund MadLejr.
So out of big beetroot, old bread, crushed potatoes and carrot stuff, we created a lunch, which we all had, including my own two children, to eat.

Worldwide, one-third of all food is wasted.

The waste takes place both on the ground, in production and in households.

Global food waste amounts to 1.3 billion tonnes a year and is enough to feed 3 billion people!

So it’s incredibly important that we get better and more aware of what we’re throwing out.
Every Dane throws almost 50 kg of edible food out a year. And that’s too much.
But fortunately, most Danes have now become more aware that it is both expensive for the money and for the environment.
And there are many good initiatives and organizations that will help solve the problem.
I hope that, as Danes, we can work towards the goal of the World Goal; namely a halving of the food waste in 2030.

And now we are here, ready for this year’s program. With over 100 unique events and industry activities in front of us. Over 10 days filled with delicious food, exciting discussions, and new experiences.

All of you who stand here have contributed in one way or another to this year’s festival. I would like to thank you for that. I hope that you will enjoy the evening in this beautiful setting, and not least enjoy the dinner that will be a taste of what the Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival will offer.

Welcome – and enjoy your meal!”

After the speeches, the guests were invited to go out on the roof’s terraces to enjoy dinner.

You can see a video here.

Princess Marie wore her teal leopard print shirt dress from Charlotte Sparre. She first wore this dress back in 2016.

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She paired this dress with her black Carlend Copenhagen croc clutch and black patent leather pumps. I haven’t seen a good photo of them so I can’t say whether they are new or not. She also wore her Christine Hvelplund ring, reportedly a gift from Prince Joachim.

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