Every takeaway business owner knows that there is always food that is left uneaten. This is very normal since takeaway businesses deal with large volumes of food. It is therefore not a surprise that some of the food is left uneaten. Food waste is food that can be consumed again. Many restaurants throw food away not knowing that the waste actually costs them money. It, therefore, goes without saying that proper food waste management makes good business sense and should be adopted by each and every restaurant not just for purposes of saving money, but also to help conserve the environment.
Preventing Excessive Food Waste
The very first step to take towards prevention of excessive food waste is to know what is being wasted and how it is wasted. Knowing the source of the problem brings you a step closer to success. Find out what contributes to food being wasted and what specific items get thrown out. The specifics are very important. Once you find out the specifics, you can then know exactly how to deal with the problem.
- Waste Management Team
Creating a team that specifically deals with waste management is a great way to ensure that there is no wastage. It doesn’t have to be a big team. Just one or two people will do. You can train or hire a team to carry out waste audits and to facilitate the waste management process.
- Organize Stock
Proper organization of stock is vital in reducing food waste. Keep track of your stock and ensure that every item gets used in a timely manner. Use the First In First Out system for all your stock. This means that older items get used first, preventing items from perishing or expiring before getting used.
- Donate Food
Donating leftover food to feed the hungry is a great way to prevent food waste. If food is safe for consumption, why don’t you donate it to programs that feed the hungry? You will be helping those in need while at the same time preventing food from getting wasted. Two birds, one stone.
- Encourage Customers to Take Food Home
Keeping takeaway containers for customers to take their food home with them is another brilliant way to reduce food waste. Whenever a customer can’t finish their food, encourage them to carry it with them and finish it from home to avoid throwing the food away. You can invest in high-quality takeaway containers that customers won’t mind carrying around.
- Manage Portion Sizes
Portions should not be too big for customers to finish. This just encourages food waste. Establish the correct portion size before allowing food to be sent out of the kitchen. Invest in smaller plates so that you reduce the volume of food being served. If you have a takeaway restaurant, then consider having small food containers for carrying food.
These are not the only methods one can use to manage food waste. There are so many other proven ways of managing waste like offering employees meals, recycling food and proper disposal of food waste. You can be as creative as you want. As long as you end up achieving the end goal. Restaurant owners know just how everything moves really fast in a restaurant kitchen especially if you have a full house so waste management can be a tough task to accomplish sometimes. However, If you follow the aforementioned steps, you can easily prevent excessive food waste in your takeaway business!