Compass Group to tackle kitchen food wastage with ‘smart scales’

Food waste recycling

Compass Group has announced an ambitious target to reduce food waste by 10% by 2020, using “smart scales”.

The group has struck a deal with food waste technology specialist Winnow to intelligently track food waste in kitchens.

Winnow claims its systems, specifically designed for busy commercial kitchens, mean users typically save 3-8% on food cost.

The smart scales system weighs food waste thrown away into the bin, staff then use a touchscreen to quickly identify the type of food thrown away and at what stage. Cloud software analyses and records the day’s waste. In real-time, staff are then shown the value of each item thrown away, designed to drive behaviour change.

The announcement comes as Compass Group released its 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report, representing the programme of activity which aims to guide the company to a sustainable future.

The report also identifies kitchen uniforms as paramount to its responsible sourcing initiative and it has set clear goals on sourcing responsibly produced uniforms.

Dennis Hogan, managing director of Compass Group UK & Ireland, commented: “Our corporate responsibility programme guides our business and we’re committed to playing our part in creating a sustainable future and making a positive social impact.

“While we’ve already accomplished a great deal, we recognise there’s still more we can undertake to ensure we’re a truly sustainable business. I’m confident we’ll succeed with the support of our colleagues, our consumers and our partners.”

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