Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Reducing Restaurant Food Waste – Advice and Guidance from Duct Work Cleaning Company Ingot Services

As well as our duct work cleaning services, at Ingot Services we are keen to help our customers succeed in all aspects of their business. Talking with them, we know that food wastage is a big concern for many in the catering and hospitality industries, so we have put together this useful advice and guidance on reducing food wastage within your commercial kitchen and what it means to the environment.

Reducing Food Waste in the Hospitality and Food Service Industry

While for a number of years there have been different organisations set up to help reduce waste in business, reducing food waste is a relatively new topic. In fact, it was only in June 2012 that WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) launched their Hospitality and Food Service Agreement, setting targets for a 5% reduction in waste food and associated packaging , and a 70% increase in the amount of waste food and packaging that is recycled by 2015. However, many still feel that the infrastructure to support this is slow to be put into place.

This support includes the likes of AD (anaerobic digestion) facilities, which break down biodegradable matter such as food waste, releasing energy through fermentation that can be used as a renewable source (biogas), helping to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels too.  

Reducing Food Waste – Good For Your Bottom Line

Reducing food waste is not just good for the environment – research from WRAP suggests that around £720 million a year could be saved by the hospitality industry if avoidable food waste was stopped and unavoidable food waste was sent to AD facilities. Many customers are also now very aware of environmental issues and therefore interested in eating in restaurants that are more sustainable, and this can be seen by the rise of organisations such as the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) supported by leading industry figures such as Raymond Blanc.

Top Tips For Reducing Commercial Food Waste

Taking some time out from our duct work cleaning, we have put together these top tips on reducing commercial food waste:

  • Plan your menus so that you can use all parts of the food item – for instance using chicken carcasses for soup stock
  • Train your staff to create as little waste as possible when preparing food  – perhaps serving potatoes with skins on
  • Try to order for delivery just when you need the food items to avoid spoilage

  • Offer two different portion sizes – ample and generous – to suit differing appetites
  • Make a note of customer eating habits and review your menu to suit
  • Offer customers the option to take away their leftovers
  • Make your customers aware of your commitment to reducing food waste and encourage them to help
  • Encourage your customers to tell you if there’s something they’d rather you didn’t put on their plate,  e.g. “I’ll have a salad but please don’t give me any tomatoes”
  • Create a separate food waste bin which can be collected separately and taken for composting or AD
  • If there is no provision to take away your food waste separately, consider creating your own on-site composting
Introducing Ingot Services – Duct Work Cleaning and a Whole Lot More

A duct work cleaning company with a passion for our customers’ welfare, at Ingot Services we place great emphasis on service. Working with commercial kitchen clients for over 25 years, offering duct work cleaning, kitchen deep cleaning and more, we have built a firm understanding of the commercial health and safety needs of kitchens within the food service industry.

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