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Food and Beverages | Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Food waste reduction should be a proactive goal for all restaurants, as it will minimize cost, boost revenue, demonstrate the company's dedication to sustainability, and benefit the environment.

Fremont, CA: Food waste costs the restaurant business an astonishing 162 billion annually. This is mostly caused by overspending, overproduction, and spoiling, which may significantly decrease with more intelligent systems. Therefore, food waste reduction should be a proactive goal for all restaurants, as it will minimize cost, boost revenue, demonstrate the company's dedication to sustainability, and benefit the environment.

Restaurant owners would be wise to follow these recommendations to cut down on food waste and save money.

Implement the most recent technologies in inventory and ordering systems

Managing inventory properly is crucial for reducing food waste and cutting associated costs. Use a computerized system to precisely forecast what things users will need to purchase based on previous trends (such as a POS system or predictive ordering technology). With digital technologies, the team can accurately determine what is already in stock, what has to be reordered, and how much of each new item is necessary. Consequently, there will be reduced food waste, more accurate data, a better knowledge of food order trends, and a reduction in overordering.

Develop your workforce

Inform and teach your staff about the need to decrease food waste and the best ways. Teach staff the correct cutting and storage methods to keep food items fresher for longer. Teach them to obtain the maximum flavor and nutrition from a piece of meat, poultry, fish, and other foods. Encourage kids to use leftovers in novel ways. The more food you can use, the less food waste there will be.

Maintain effective stock control

Food waste and deterioration will get reduced through the efficient ordering and stock rotation. Dates such as "sell by" or "best before" should be displayed on food packaging. Every employee should manage their inventory according to the principle of "first in, first out."

Improve your supplier network

Software-based supply chain optimization enables business items to ship and arrive at the restaurant more promptly and efficiently. Reducing the duration it takes for their items to reach the restaurant can lessen food waste and spoil.

Feed the ravenous

Humans throw away a lot of perfectly good food. Reduce waste and feed the hungry in the neighborhood by donating unwanted but still-good food to food banks and soup kitchens.

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