Food waste is a growing concern around the world. Did you know that we throw away an estimated one-third of all globally produced food?
While this problem occurs at every level of the food supply chain, it is particularly prevalent in the events industry. Conferences, festivals and events often require large quantities of food. But what happens to the surplus?
Worry about running short of food and hungry delegates can lead to an overestimate of the amount of food needed!
Some level of over catering is inevitable. At ZiaBia we are working with our caterers, partners and venues to try find a home for excess food. This sometimes means introducing them to companies dedicated to this cause, such as OLIO.
In a nutshell, the OLIO app is easy to use and simply connects people and businesses with their local communities. Through their OLIO Food Waste Heroes program, an army of local volunteers collect surplus food from events to prevent it from going in the bin.
On one recent event in London, we worked with OLIO in two different ways:
You may be surprised how many venues are already working with OLIO or similar. Some hotel companies already have regular collections established across their hotel groups and policies in place.
When talking about your event catering, ask right from the outset what their food waste policy is. You can even introduce them to OLIO if they aren’t already working with them.
Our pre-event planning at ZiaBia always includes a discussion with the venue or caterer about managing the food quantities being produced; minimising the surplus; and how to redistribute any excess.
Helping the local community while making your event more sustainable is surely a win win?
Here are our top tips to start to reduce food waste at your next event:
Reducing the food waste at events is just one part of ZiaBia’s efforts towards a more sustainable future in the industry.
If you would like to speak to us about how you could reduce your food waste or how to make your events more sustainable and environmentally friendly contact us for a chat.