Sodexo is rolling out specialist kitchen technology across dozens of UK sites in a bid to double down on food waste.
Since the UK lockdown was lifted it has accelerated a project involving LeanPath food waste data systems, with 40 new sites currently undergoing installation, including sports stadia, schools and healthcare establishments.
Through its WasteWatch programme, which is now active at 229 sites, Sodexo and its clients have reduced 2,000 metric tonnes of carbon emissions.
The food waste data captured by LeanPath gives Sodexo clear insights into what is being wasted and why.
Teams can then bring in operational and behavioural changes to end avoidable food waste, whether generated in the kitchen or by consumers.
Data from client sites confirms that the programme has cut food waste by an average of 50% where it is used.
It has prevented more than 280 tonnes of food waste being wasted so far, the equivalent of 500,000 meals.
Sodexo, which provides a diverse range of services including catering and facilities management to large business and public sector clients, has a target to cut food waste by 50% by 2025.
Claire Atkins Morris, director corporate responsibility for the UK and Ireland, said: “As one of the world’s leading foodservices providers, we have a critical role to play in helping to transform the food system and supporting our clients with their own carbon reduction targets, with food waste being one aspect of this.
“Our food waste targets are ambitious and bold and demonstrate our commitment to being a force for good and creating a better tomorrow.”