Compass Group has outlined some of its initiatives to mark ‘Stop Food Waste Day’, an annual company event that was held globally across its businesses yesterday.
Roughly one-third of the food produced worldwide is either lost or wasted every year, and in the UK alone the foodservice sector throws away one million tonnes of food – 75% of which could have been eaten in some form.
Last year the caterer donated nearly 10 tonnes of surplus food to FareShare, the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste.
3,500 tonnes of food waste were sent for anaerobic digestion, where it was broken down to create biogas and nutrient-rich fertilizer.
Compass has partnered with high-profile international clients such as Google and HSBC, as well as local charities and community groups, to highlight the issue of food waste. They came together yesterday to focus on reducing food surplus and build partnerships with charitable organisations for the collection and donation of excess food to local communities.
Compass is now partnering with WRAP to provide a range ofleftover food recipes at its main head offices and is holding weekly 5-minute briefings to help on-site teams to take action on waste.
Its commitment to reducing waste includes its agreement to adopt the principles of ‘Target, Measure and Act’ within its own operations and it has invited suppliers to do the same.
Dominic Blakemore, chief executive of Compass Group, said: “Food waste is a serious problem for the world today, and as the global leader in foodservice, we are determined to play our part in driving change. Working with our suppliers, partners, clients and consumers across the 50 countries we operate in, we are focused on educating our teams and our customers on how they can play their part in cutting food waste, today and every day.”
Compass Group is a signatory of WRAP Courtauld 2025, a 10-year voluntary agreement that brings together organisations from across the food supply chain, working towards collective targets for 2025.
Stop Food Waste Day was launched by Compass in the USA two years and has now been adopted by its global operations.