Plate2Planet event boosts big sustainability commitments

Plate2Planet Live event

Plate2Planet Live event

A sustainability summit for hospitality professionals saw them make big commitments to changing the way they operate for improved sustainability.

Following the success of last year’s event, Plate2Planet Live returned with figureheads from across the foodservice sector coming together to debate the most pressing sustainability issues currently facing the industry.

The sustainability summit, powered by Bidfood, took place on Thursday 2nd November. It aims to bring to life plate2planet.co.uk, the collaborative sustainability focussed website for discussion, ideas and best practice.

Consequently Bidfood are taking on a new strategy: ‘food for the future’, linked to United Nation Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.

Five key focus areas:-

  • Leading change in foodservice
  • Offering healthier and sustainable choices
  • Managing our impacts
  • Engaging our communities
  • Empowering our people

By working with the Plate2Planet partners and members, one of the interactive sessions included the Plate2Planet ‘pledges’ to focus on how the industry can collaborate and make a difference towards a sustainable future, the pledges included:

“I will look at swapping out ingredients for more sustainable alternatives and explore ways to provide a more sustainable menu offering in my outlet.”

“I will champion ‘Your business is food’ tools within my business and the benefits of food waste measurement. By sharing results on Plate2Planet I will be supporting the sector to prevent food waste, reduce food surplus and recycle inedible food.”

“I will review distribution of surplus food at my location, provide feedback on results and raise awareness of opportunities within my sector.”

Hosted by Steve Malkin, CEO of The Planet Mark, the event was held at one of the world’s most sustainable venues, The Crystal in London. Speakers and panellists included Michael Jones Business Account Manager at WRAP, Wendy Duncan R&D Deploy Manager Food Solutions UK/IRE at Unilever, Andrew Stephen, CEO of the Sustainable Restaurant Association and Polly Hofmann, Commercial Officer at FareShare.

The theme of the day was responsible production and consumption with each attendee asked to pledge their support to change during the event. Collaboration was front of mind with the audience and speakers alike looking at three important areas of the foodservice industry; sustainable menus, food poverty and waste.

Shirley Duncalf, Head of Sustainable Development, Bidfood said, “Our second ever Plate2Planet Live event was a tremendous success and a testament to how far the industry has come in the last year.

“However, there is still so much more we can do as an industry, with events like this definitely pointing us in the right direction and driving forward momentum to change for the better.

“Last Thursday’s summit is merely the start of great things to come and I’m excited to see even more progress next year.”

To read through the issues raised at the summit search the hashtag #p2pLive2017 on Twitter. Videos of the panel debates from the summit can also be re-watched on the Bidfood Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BidfoodUK/

For more information about plate2planet Live, for tools to help reduce food waste or to register for plate2planet and become a member visit: http://www.plate2planet.co.uk/.

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