"Waste Not Want Not" is the saying but are we really prepared for dealing with food waste and how can we avoid it?

What is Commercial Food Waste?

Food waste is food that is discarded or left uneaten. The causes of food waste or food loss are numerous and occur at the stages of production, processing, retailing and consumption.

Countries are slowly beginning to realise the enormous detrimental and financial impact food waste has on businesses, individuals and the environment as a whole. On 26th October 2016, The Romanian parliament passed a new law, the 'National Food Waste Law', that requires local retailers to donate unwanted but safe food close to its expiry date to charitable institutions or sell it at reduced prices.

Romania followed France and Italy this year in adopting legislative action against food waste. EU member states are under pressure to meet a 2030 food waste target as awareness about the implications of food waste grows.

How to Avoid Food Waste in Restaurants

Waste is a key issue for restaurants. Food waste represents a cost to the UK restaurant business sector alone of £682 million each year including food procurement, labour, utilities and waste management costs or £3500 per tonne. The largest waste product in UK restaurants is potato, followed by fruit and vegetables (excluding potato) then bakery products.

Financial Implications of Food Waste

The average cost of avoidable food waste is 97p per meal. Annual statistics show that UK restaurants produce 22% of the total food waste across the Hospitality and Food Service sector in the UK.

Applying costs to food waste demonstrates the real value of what is wasted and the potential savings that can be made. By taking a few simple steps to plan better, buy smarter, waste less and recycle more, businesses can reap financial as well as environmental benefits.

"What is Commercial Food Waste and How to Avoid It" is a common question put to Wendy Sutherland at Ramsay Todd Food Services Consultants. With her wealth of food service experience in the restaurant and hospitality sectors, she can assess your food waste levels and give practical and sensible advise to limit the financial and environmental impact this has on your company.


Contact Ramsay Todd Food Services Consultants to get your step by step action plan on how to avoid food waste.