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Hurtigruten partners with EAT for more sustainable cuisine

Press release   •   Mar 18, 2019 12:36 UTC

Hurtigruten will offer their environmentally conscious guests even more exquisite and healthier food options. A new strategic partnership with EAT Foundation is set to reduce food waste and expand menus, giving guests the opportunity to choose more plant-based cuisine.

Hurtigruten is committed to bringing sustainability into the galley, and has signed a three-year partnership with EAT Foundation, a non-profit, science-based global platform for food system transformation. The goal is to improve Hurtigruten’s sustainability efforts along the company’s entire food value chain, as well as broaden the generous on-board food offering to their guests.

- Delicious food and inspiring menus are an important part of the experience when traveling with Hurtigruten. We see a clear tendency whereby our quality-conscious guests are requesting greener food options. Partnering with EAT allows us to supplement our award-winning and highly acclaimed menus, and offer even more wholesome and exquisite on-board options, says Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.

Mouthwatering and sustainable

A few years back, Hurtigruten - the world’s largest expedition cruise company – abandoned industrially processed food and removed endangered species from all menus. Instead, Hurtigruten guests get to experience tasty and locally sourced food.

The new Hurtigruten - EAT partnership takes the sustainable food efforts and experience to a new level.

- To enable healthy and sustainable diets to become the new norm, it is crucial that companies apply this vision, innovate and realign their food priorities. We’re excited that Hurtigruten takes lead in the cruise-line industry, not only on sustainable sourcing and food waste, but that the future of food can be filling, diverse and delicious. EAT is proud to assist them in developing their ambitious plans, says Gunhild Stordalen, EAT’s Founder and Executive Chair.

Innovative responsibility

In addition to adding tasteful and healthy food options, EAT scientists and experts will work with the Hurtigruten culinary team to adapt menus to promote appetizing and plant-rich alternatives, and reduce food waste.

Hurtigruten has already committed to reducing food waste by 20 percent by 2021 – and is now aiming even higher.

The Hurtigruten – EAT strategic partnership is the latest in several Hurtigruten green initiatives. The world leader in exploration travel is about to launch the world’s first hybrid powered cruise ships at Norway’s Kleven Yard.

Hurtigruten celebrated its 125th anniversary by banning all single-use-plastics. In another industry first, Hurtigruten is completely rebuilding existing ships to run on a combination of large battery packs, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and biogas (LBG) – produced from organic waste such as dead fish.


The EAT Foundation

EAT is a bite-sized organization with an outsized appetite for impact. From its base in Oslo, Norway, EAT is playing a central role in putting food, health and sustainability on the global agenda. With a vision for a fair and sustainable global food system for healthy people and planet – leaving no one behind, the EAT team is purpose-driven and values-based. EAT is an independent non-profit organization with three founding partners: Welcome Trust, Stordalen Foundation and Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Bringing together more than 30 world-leading scientists from across the globe, the EAT-Lancet Commission recently delivered the first full scientific review of what constitutes a healthy diet from a sustainable food system – and which actions can support and speed up food system transformation.

Hurtigruten - World leader in exploration travel

Building on 125 years of Norwegian pioneering heritage, Hurtigruten is today the world's largest expedition cruise company.

Hurtigruten’s rapidly growing fleet of custom-build expedition ships takes modern-day adventure travellers to the world’s most spectacular destinations on our Planet - from the High North to Antarctica in the south.

Being the world leader in exploration travel comes with a great responsibility. Hurtigruten is enhancing destinations and runs an responsible, sustainable global operation.

Hurtigruten is introducing the world’s first hybrid battery powered cruise ships, the MS Roald Amundsen and the MS Fridtjof Nansen. A third hybrid powered expedition vessel will be added to the fleet in 2021.