Sodexo has vowed to roll out food waste management technology to 100% of “relevant” sites within the next four years.
The contract catering giant currently has a data-driven food waste reduction programme in place called WasteWatch, which uses tracking solutions from LeanPath.
The initiative enables Sodexo teams to capture food waste data, giving clear insights into what is being wasted in their kitchens and why.
Teams can then implement operational and behavioural changes to help end avoidable food waste, whether generated in the kitchen or by consumers.
One office site in Sodexo’s corporate services business that recently introduced the technology has already seen an average food waste reduction of 9.5kg per week through, for example, cooking in smaller batches, not peeling carrots, and sharing tips among the team on reducing wastage.
Ana Svab, corporate responsibility for Sodexo UK and Ireland, said: “A third of all food produced globally ends up in landfill, and yet 870 million people go hungry every day, making food waste one of the greatest contributors to climate change and biggest scandals of our time.
“There are many reasons for this waste, including overproduction and expiration. But as a leading food services provider, we have a responsibility to help combat food waste across our operations.”
With food waste reduction a strategic priority for Sodexo, teams are regularly encouraged to consider how small changes to daily operations can make a big impact.
The company holds an annual WasteLESS Week competition, with sites using their own initiative to look at ways to reduce waste.
The winner of the 2020 competition was the team at one of Sodexo’s corporate services client sites, who used insight from food waste collected across their site to pinpoint common problem areas.
By increasing batch cooking and more careful management of grab-and-go items, the team was able to reduce food waste by 75% over a two-week period, from 14kg down to 3kg.
Sodexo has previously revealed plans to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030, in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals.