Leading foodservice companies launch plate2planet initiative

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Editor 11th November 2015
Seven of the UK’s leading foodservice companies have come together to launch the plate2planet initiative, aiming to reduce the amount of unnecessary waste in the industry. Print The hospitality and catering sector wastes 3 million tonnes every year, which equates to 13,000 statues the size of lady Liberty, 110 rooftops to fit the iconic Sydney opera house or 57 ships the size of the Titanic. Going by the nickname the ‘sustainability seven’, the green alliance is made up of Unilever, Premiere Foods, DelifranceUK, Vegware, Planet First and Jacobs Douwe Egberts, alongside Bidvest Foodservice who is powering the campaign. Shirley Duncalf, Head of Sustainability at Bidvest Foodservice said "Our customers, and those of our plate2planet partners, care deeply about sustainability and operators across the industry are taking measures to tackle the challenges," "Caterers are looking to drive successful green initiatives that truly add value to their own community, customers and their bottom line but many of them tell us they do not have the resources to research trends, find new suppliers or dissect complicated reports and Government documents. As a result, sustainable change is inching forward rather than propelling." According to a recent survey, 83% of consumers said sustainability directly affects their dining choices. “We have listened to these concerns and responded to the need for better access. As a collective we have a wealth of knowledge that is unparalleled. Our aim, in sharing these resources in a single space, is to support the entire industry to make small but effective changes which can ultimately have a huge impact on a global scale, and on profit margins. Our message is that by working together we can truly enact positive change.” Shirley continued. The foodservice providers are pooling together their resources to enable operators to share ideas, inspiration and knowledge through a digital network. The platform acts as a forum providing access to how-to-guides, help and solutions to foodservice queries, regulation guidance, and motivating supply chain stories.Tom Hunt (1280x895) Overall, the digital site will deliver everything for a business to learn how to reduce landfill waste and save money whilst sourcing sustainably. Tom Hunt, author of The Natural Cook and chef-patron of Poco, a restaurant recycling and composting 95-100% of their waste, is supporting the new campaign and commented: “As sustainability moves from being a marketing fad to becoming a core business objective it is important that it starts to be seen as a common goal.” “That means the entire food industry must work together, if we are to achieve real change. In bringing together so many brands under a single initiative, plate2planet has the real potential to act as a catalyst to driving understanding and engagement across the entire sector. It will be very interesting to watch where plate2planet takes us.”

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 11th November 2015

Leading foodservice companies launch plate2planet initiative