This year is our fourth Stop Food Waste Day in the UK business. It was initially launched by Compass Group USA in 2017 and has become an annual, global event to raise awareness of the issue of food waste and encourage the industry and consumers to reduce the amount of food thrown away.
There are some shocking and worrying facts about the amount of food wasted across the world. We know that there is a direct link between food waste and climate change, so we must all take responsibility for change. Not only this, but it can save us all money and food, if we try to avoid throwing food in the bin – it’s win-win!
We were an early signatory of the WRAP Courtauld 2025, a 10-year voluntary agreement bringing together organisations from across the food supply chain, working towards collective targets for reducing food waste, cutting carbon and protecting critical water resources. In 2019, Compass signed up to the government’s Step Up to the Plate pledge to help halve food waste by 2030 and to adopt the UK’s Food Waste Reduction Roadmap.
I’m really proud to be part of this initiative which sees clients, customers, chefs and our people join in helping raise awareness of this issue. There is no doubt that the last year has been incredibly challenging for our industry, with areas of our business and the wider hospitality industry being shut down for long periods of time, often with little notice. However, as we emerge from lockdown in the UK, I would urge organisations to think about reopening in the most sustainable way possible and this includes thinking about how to reduce the amount of food going to waste.
This is an opportunity for many organisations to review quantities you need, as well as using the food in the most innovative and purposeful way possible. And, if there is ever any surplus food, I would encourage organisations to donate it – this way it’ll go to those that need it most.
Stop Food Waste Day is a great initiative and I really hope we see more and more people get behind it, so that together we can have a big impact in reducing the problem of food waste.
If you want to find out some food waste tips, take a look at the videos below from some our chefs and colleagues in the business for inspiration.