Food Waste? BAM!!

One rule at this humble site is that any time a food service provider with 400+ venues launches a food waste reduction campaign, they’ll receive some favorable coverage. (Between you and me, I’ll pretty much write about any kind of food waste initiative.)

And so…Bon Appetit Management Company (BAMCO) recently announced its food waste reduction plan. For the next 12 weeks, the Palo Alto-based food service provider will be:

  • Educating chefs and kitchen staff on the negative environmental impact of food waste
  • Distributing educational tools to kitchen staff on proper portioning and prepping techniques
  • A weekly waste monitoring program in all kitchens that includes weighing and measuring food scraps in the kitchens as well as as dishes are returned by customers in the cafĂ©

promotional material from Bon Appetit. Photo by J. BloomThe waste reduction campaign is part of BAMCO’s Low Carbon Diet program. And not surprisingly, it corresponds with the works of the nonprofit BAMCO Foundation, which aims to make food service more sustainable.

Come April, we’ll hear back from BAMCO on how they’ve fared with their campaign. I’m anxious to hear the results, as the company has trimmed 20 percent of their waste just in the last few years.

Thus far, BAMCO has been a real leader in the field of institutional waste reduction. That’s why I was surprised to read that only about half of the eligible venues they serve are trayless. I had them pegged for 100%! Perhaps come April…

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