19th April 2019

Using technology and data to help stop food waste

Summary:

  • Compass’s Stop Food Waste Day is about educating and igniting change.
  • ‘Change’, we believe, comes down to establishing a new mindset around food.
  • More tech which being used to allow us to play smart around food to minimise food waste.

Stop Food Waste Day is the Compass Group fuelled annual focus on one of the key issues facing the food service sector as we hurtle through the 21st century. 

With Stop Food Waste Day on April 24th it’s time to focus on the key stats: 

  • 33% of all food produced globally is lost or wasted each year. 
  • 45% of root crops, fruit and vegetables produced globally is lost or wasted per year. 
  • 25% of the food wasted globally could feed al 795 million undernourished people in the world.

Compass’s Stop Food Waste Day is about educating and igniting change. Our goal is to not only draw attention to the problems but also to share creative and high impact solutions to them.

We see more and more tech which being used to allow us to play smart around food to minimise food waste, and here’s a look at 3 to get your Stop Food Waste brains thinking!

Freight Farms: Freight Farms created the Leafy Green Machine and its supported app, Farmhand Connect. It’s a closed loop hydroponic system within a shipping container that allows the production of consistent harvests 365 days a year. 

LeanPath: LeanPath provides waste prevention solutions for commercial kitchens worldwide. Food waste metres allow kitchen staff to track exactly what food is being thrown away and overall food costs

BluWrap: By using fuel cells to monitor and reduce oxygen in shipping containers, BluWrap extends the shelf life of fresh fish and meat.  It creates a consistent atmosphere throughout a products shipping chain extending a products window of freshness. 

So, although the overarching statistics are astounding and the tech solutions emerging impressive, the fact is that if we don’t make vast improvements now all the population tides are also against us with the UN pointing towards the world population rising consistently from its base of 7.6 billion to 11.2 billion by 2100. 

‘Change’, we believe, comes down to establishing a new mindset around food, its use and our readiness to waste – and this is what Stop Food Waste Day exists; to provide focus for thought, reflections and to catalyse those thoughts into actions. 

To find out more about how we minimise food waste across our global accounts call Graeme Tomkins on 01932 573 000

 

“Food has a profound environmental impact on the world around us and will define the future more than any other sector”
Dominic Blakemore, CEO Compass Group plc.

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