Event catering company Amadeus claims to have posted its best food waste figures to date after putting a renewed emphasis on sustainability at its venues.
The caterer partnered with food donation scheme Olio in July and has saved more than 614,000 litres of water at the NEC since. It says the saving is the equivalent of more than 7,600 baths or 2.7 million cups of coffee.
Some 4,110 portions of surplus food have been redistributed in the community, while 3.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions have been averted through the partnership.
The food redistribution service ensures that surplus pre-packaged food such as sandwiches, salads and sushi boxes from NEC halls are distributed locally.
Marc Frankl, food and beverage director, said: “We are thrilled to see how our partnership with OLIO has flourished over the first four months.
“Our partnership doesn’t just mean that food waste is reduced across our venues, it’s the impact it has on the local community which is so important to us. At Amadeus we always aim to uphold these values, supporting local communities. We pride ourselves on the statistic that 80% of our suppliers found within a 30-mile radius.
The partnership is part of NEC Sustain – the venue’s all-encompassing sustainability programme, which has been running for a decade.
The venue this month launched ‘Prevent’, the latest campaign for the programme that focuses on how waste management supports the development of greener events.
Amadeus currently has seven Olio ‘Food Waste Heroes’ at the venue, who have helped 122 members of the local community with donations.
Delia Gadea, Olio food waste heroes account manager, said: “It has been fantastic to see that our partnership with Amadeus and the NEC Group has been so successful and it’s testament to their level of commitment.
“They have ensured that food is easily accessible to the Olio Food Waste Heroes volunteers, who collect and then distribute the surplus food in their local communities via the Olio app. The local community is notified that food items are available on our app and are able to request the food, then visiting the volunteer’s house to pick up the food.
“Our main drive is to save good food from going to waste and we know that at the same time we are helping to bring communities together and support struggling families to put food on the table.”