The business case for reducing food loss and waste: Restaurants

Uploaded by: Kate Bygrave
Uploaded on: 14th February 2019
Author(s): Austin Clowes (WRI), Craig Hanson (WRI), and Richard Swannell (WRAP)

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In this new report, co-authored by WRAP and the World Resources Institute (WRI), we demonstrate how reducing food waste in restaurants can be a great financial opportunity to reduce costs, increase revenues, and engage staff and customers. It is the third and final in a series of ‘deep dive’ reports looking at various sectors of the food and drink industry. They all show impressive savings from minimal investment in tackling food waste. This latest report shows how reducing food waste in restaurants doesn’t have to be complicated, and highlights five types of action for achieving successful reduction programmes. Measure the amount of food being wasted to know where to prioritise efforts Engage staff Rethink inventory and purchasing practices Reduce overproduction Repurpose excess food Written on behalf of the Champions 12.3 network – the coalition of nearly 40 leaders from government, business and civil society – it calls upon restaurant owners to “target, measure and act”. It includes the success story from IKEA who have, through their “Food is Precious” initiative have, since 2016, prevented more than 1.4 million kilos of food from being wasted – the equivalent of more than 3 million meals worth of food. Through following the simple, low investment approach in the report, restaurants can deliver the business case for themselves. And they will be making a significant contribution to the global effort to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 to halve food waste by 2030.

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