Where large quantities of food are prepared and eaten daily, opportunities for waste abound. While customers have little control over certain wasteful industry practices, there are some parts of eating out where diners like us have a say in whether food gets wasted or not.
Places like buffets and bakeries tend to keep their food displays full because it’s more visually appealing - even though some of that food will be discarded uneaten. But with a little creativity, safely stored extras can be donated to those in need.
Excess ingredients can also be repurposed for upcoming meals. For example unserved, safely stored meat from a lunch buffet can be used in a dinner dish.
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It’s a well-believed fallacy in the food service industry that a certain amount of waste is just the cost of doing business. But research has shown that for every $1 invested in reducing food waste, caterers will save $7. Clearly, there is a business case for tracking, measuring and optimizing processes to minimize food waste - and maximize profits.