Did you know for every $1 invested in food waste reduction in hotels, there is a $7 return over a 3-year period?*
In 2017, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) partnered to identify best practices and strategies for reducing food waste at 10 pilot projects. Based on the results, they launched HOTEL|KITCHEN, a free toolkit, training materials, and resources you can find at www.hotelkitchen.org
In 2018, WWF chose Baltimore, Maryland as one of two US cities with dedicated HOTEL|KITCHEN expansion activities.
Astrapto, along with Plisko Sustainable Solutions, LLC, managed the WWF Hotel-Kitchen Baltimore project and offered the local hospitality community education and solutions such as…
Training Workshop and Vendor Fair
Area hotels and other foodservice operators attend a workshop in Downtown Baltimore on July 11th from 1 to 5pm.
This workshop was offered with the generous support of the Baltimore Convention Center and their catering partner, Centerplate.
The Baltimore Convention Center is the premier location for conventions, tradeshows and expositions in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The team at the convention center and their catering partner, Centerplate, have enthusiastically embraced the food waste reduction strategies and best practices presented in the HOTEL|KITCHEN toolkit. They were excited to host this valuable workshop and spread a culture of food conservation in the Baltimore hospitality community.
In this workshop, participants learned best practices for reducing food waste at each stage of the flow of food. Topics included how to:
Build interest in food conservation at your workplace
Set goals and measure food waste to improve the bottom line
Create and sell sustainable menus
Conduct food waste audits
Donate excess food using technology platforms
Setup composting programs
Select diversion (from landfill) solutions
This workshop was helpful for anyone involved in any aspect of hospitality foodservice - whether you sell it, order it, handle it, prepare it, serve it, or dispose of it, you can contribute to food waste reduction.
To learn more about the Baltimore Expansion Project, download a summary report here.
ORCA Technology - http://feedtheorca.com/
BioHiTech Global - http://www.biohitech.com/
LeanPath - https://www.leanpath.com/
Waste Neutral - http://Wasteneutral.com
Maryland Environmental Service - http://www.menv.com
ReGreen Organics - http://ReGreenOrganics.com
Cureate Connect - https://connect.cureate.co/
Reduction In Motion - http://www.ReductionInMotion.com
Filta Environmental Kitchen Solution http://www.gofilta.com
MEANS Database - https://www.meansdatabase.com/
FoodBridge - www.myfoodbridge.org
Implementation Support for Hotels
Why implementation support? Because we rarely speak to a chef that does not want to reduce food waste, but rarely do we find a kitchen that has established a baseline, conducted an audit, or trained staff. And this goes beyond the kitchen! Food waste reduction is also the responsibility of sales and events teams, the marketing department, banquets managers, stewards, procurement, and more.
With so many options for prevention, recovery, and diversion, we want help hotels set achievable goals and provide the knowledge and process for a few key initiatives that will impact the triple bottom line - people, planet, and profit!
Our hope is to move the needle on food waste in Baltimore and other communities and we want to remove as many barriers as possible to demonstrate the practical techniques and solutions for tackling waste in hotel foodservice.
What type of support is offered? We offer a number of services, including:
A food waste audit. This is essential to establishing the baseline and the business case, and identifying the 'low hanging fruit' of food waste.
Train kitchen staff on awareness, reduction best practices, storage and inventory management, donation and diversion procedures
Train banquet/FOH staff on awareness, buffet and banquet design, diversion procedures
Train sales & marketing, and other staff (HR, finance, etc.) on awareness, food waste messaging in the sales and planning process, and generating demand for sustainable menus and options
Create a sustainability or food waste taskforce or work with the existing green team to integrate food waste reduction
Design workshop for creating sustainable menus and banquets
Set up donation partnerships and train staff on the legal protections of The Good Samaritan Act and donation best practices
Want to learn more about our implementation service? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
*Source: Champions 12.3 Report found at https://champions123.org/the-business-case-for-reducing-food-loss-and-waste/