ISS Facility Services in the US is piloting a scheme to reduce by 50 per cent all food waste produced in its food management facilities across the nation.
The company intends to accomplish this goal by 2024, which would make it the first large US food services company to do so. The initiative is in line with parent ISS Group’s Net Zero Emissions strategy.
The scheme is designed to help clients minimise their impact on the environment by reducing the use of energy and water, cutting both carbon emissions and production of waste, including food. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, globally, one-third of all food is wasted and food waste accounts for about 8 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
“We see this programme as beneficial not only to our clients and employees but also to our shared communities and the environment,” said Paul Fairhead, CEO of ISS Guckenheimer, the company’s Food Services brand. “We are committed to using leading-edge technology solutions to generate real-world value – which in this case has culminated in a more efficient, environmentally sustainable approach to food management.”
To meet its target, the company has partnered with Winnow, which develops artificial intelligence tools and smart kitchen technology, to equip more than 200 kitchens run by ISS with food waste technology across the US. Through a combination of hardware and software, food waste data is captured in the kitchen and fed back to teams with actionable insights that enable the kitchens to make better inventory decisions. ISS Group has piloted Winnow in sites across Europe and Australia since 2019. By 2020, over 38 tons of food was saved – equivalent to saving 84,964 meals from being thrown away.
Marc Zornes, Winnow CEO and co-founder, said: “As the industry recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, we are seeing a very strong focus on food waste. It is a foundational part of any company’s net zero goals and helps to ensure kitchens are running to their optimum efficiency. ISS Guckenheimer is leading the industry by example.”
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