Posted on: 19 November 2018

Did You Know?

1,473,000 tons of food is thrown away every year in the UK within the food sector, with approximately 600,000 tons (almost 41%) coming from pubs, restaurants and hotels.

We’ve listed some tips to help reduce the amount of food waste produced in the Hospitality industry in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

  • Use the best suppliers - While ordering, be sure to check that your suppliers store and transport their produce correctly. Transporting produce in a chilled environment allows food to stay fresh during transportation.
  • Check trends in food orders – By checking what your best-selling dishes are, you will be able to notice trends with your customers and order food accordingly. This will also help you streamline your menu by removing unpopular dishes, helping you eliminate waste from ordering less food.
  • Service refrigeration equipment – You’ve just ordered thousands of pounds worth of stock to cater for the festive period and your refrigeration equipment breaks down, causing you to throw away all produce which can’t be used. You may have insurance for the cost of the wasted stock, but you will have produced a large amount of waste. Regularly having your fridges and freezers serviced will help reduce the risk of a breakdown.
  • Introduce festive trends – As you get closer to the Christmas period you can start to offer traditional festive meals such as Christmas dinners.
  • Adjust your menu accordingly – If you’re introducing a festive menu, try to limit your options of what you will serve. Usually a starter, main and dessert will be enough, so offer a meat or vegetarian option for the starter and main, and two options for a dessert.
  • Plan portion sizes of your dishes – Your customers will want a meal that they will enjoy and that will fill them up, however, it can be hard to produce a dish that will be appetising for every customer. Have a rough idea of the nutritional values of your dishes and plan them to suit the average person who may come to you for a meal.

Safety First

As you know, food should be kept in a refrigerated environment to help keep it fresh, with raw meat being stored away from other food. Fridges should also be kept at a temperature designed to halt the spreading of germs.

Although it is important to try and reduce your waste, it is also important to dispose of it properly. Food disposal bins should be kept away from where fresh food is being prepared to avoid cross contamination.

Sources

Zywave Inc – Home matters – Reduce food waste during the festive season

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