Food waste pre­ven­tion vi­tal for busi­ness

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Tack­ling food waste was on the menu last week for East Cork restau­ra­teurs, food pro­duc­ers and food re­tail­ers as the Savour Food pro­gramme served up awards for best prac­tice in food waste man­age­ment.

Savour Food, a food waste re­duc­tion pro­gramme for busi­nesses has been work­ing with those in the food sec­tor in East Cork for the past year.

It pro­vides free con­sul­tancy, food waste pre­ven­tion train­ing and ad­vice on le­gal obli­ga­tions in re­la­tion to food waste man­age­ment.

Sup­ported by the Clean Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre (CIT), SECAD, and Taste Cork, the Savour Food Awards ac­knowl­edge par­tic­i­pa­tion in the pro­gramme, and were pre­sented to 11 East Cork busi­nesses.

Speak­ing at the awards, Savour Food pro­gramme lead, James Ho­gan of the Clean Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre said: “In Ire­land, we gen­er­ate over one mil­lion tonnes of waste food each year, 75% of which is gen­er­ated in food pro­duc­tion, ser­vice and re­tail.

“Wasted food is wasted money, as well as hav­ing im­pli­ca­tions for the en­vi­ron­ment and cli­mate change.

“The Savour Food pro­gramme ad­vises busi­nesses on how to mon­i­tor and pre­vent food waste which re­sults in re­duced food waste and cost sav­ings.”

Mr Ho­gan noted: “One restau­rant in Youghal has re­duced its waste col­lec­tion costs by €160 per month or €2,000 per an­num at ‘no cost’ to the busi­ness.

“This equates to in­creas­ing turnover by €10,000 per an­num,” he said.

“We are de­lighted to see 11 food com­pa­nies re­ceiv­ing Savour Food Awards and look for­ward to rolling out the next phase of the Savour Food pro­gramme this Jan­uary

“We are cur­rently invit­ing food busi­nesses from the Clon­akilty and Bal­ly­houra re­gions to join the pro­gramme.”

Bet­ter plan­ning, food waste seg­re­ga­tion, waste au­dit­ing and waste cost analy- sis are key el­e­ments of the Savour Food pro­gramme, which is funded by the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Food and Marine, and pro­vided free of charge to food busi­nesses.

Pro­gramme part­ner SECAD CEO Ryan Howard said, “The Savour Food pro- gramme is a win-win for the food sec­tor.

“Not only is it an ideal way for busi­nesses to save money on food waste, meet best prac­tice guide­lines for the food sec­tor, it also en­sures that we are re­spect­ing our en­vi­ron­ment for a more sus­tain­able fu­ture.”

Pic­ture: Dar­ragh Kane

Steve Guiney, food and bev­er­age man­ager at Jame­son Dis­tillery, Mi­dle­ton, with Keelin Tobin, Savour Food (Clean Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre), and Ross Cur­ley, SECAD, at the Savour Food Pro­gramme event in East Cork.

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