How Can my Restaurant Improve Sustainability?
The Foodbuy Foodservice Team Has Several Tips and Tricks
The restaurant industry is one of the most important industries in the world, providing food to millions of people daily. As such, it’s important that restaurant operators take steps to ensure sustainability. From reducing food waste to switching to different ingredients, here are a few ways your operation can become more sustainable.
Reduce Food Waste
Food waste is a major problem in the United States, as restaurants often throw away large amounts of food that could be donated or
composted instead. To reduce food waste, restaurants can start by tracking how much food they’re throwing away and then taking steps to cut back. This could include donating food to local charities, composting food scraps, or using scraps in creative ways.
Switch to Sustainable Ingredients
Another way to make your foodservice operation more sustainable is to incorporate more carbon-friendly ingredients into your menus. This could include sourcing seafood rated as sustainable by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program, local produce, or HFAC certified eggs. By making the switch to sustainable ingredients, restaurants can reduce their environmental impact, all while supporting local farmers and producers.
Encourage Sustainable Practices
Finally, restaurants can encourage sustainable practices among their customers. This could include offering discounts for customers who bring their own reusable containers. It might also mean looking into compostable packaging options. By promoting sustainable practices, restaurants can help create a more sustainable industry. The key is to not only look at the purchase, but also the full life cycle of the product and where it goes after being used at your restaurant.
Overall, the restaurant industry has a huge potential to limit its environmental impact. From reducing food waste to using sustainable ingredients, there are many steps your restaurant can take to make a positive impact. By taking these steps, the restaurant industry can help create a better, more sustainable future for everyone.
Changing your procurement practices can be an attainable first step in becoming more sustainable. Speak with your Foodbuy Foodservice account manager today to get started.