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Unilever gives chefs the technology to help reduce consumer food waste

Unilever gives chefs the technology to help reduce consumer food waste

With research revealing that almost one third of consumers admit to leaving food waste on their plates when eating out, a new mobile app has launched to help chefs and caterers tackle avoidable food waste.

Unilever Food Solutions has developed ‘Wise Up on Waste’, a mobile app to help chefs cut food waste in their restaurants by at least 5% - responding to 84% of consumers who believe operators should be reducing the amount of food they throw away.

Tracey Rogers, managing director of Unilever Food Solutions, says: “Up to 50% of the world’s food is being thrown away and what’s even more shocking, is that 1.2-2bn tonnes of food produced around the world never makes it on to a plate.

“Small actions multiplied by millions of chefs can make a huge difference to the environment. With over 88% of chefs in the industry using mobile apps, we know it’s the best way to engage with them and create the biggest impact. The app has been designed to make it as easy as possible for chefs to ensure food is not being wasted in the kitchen. It also gives advice on how to manage customer plate waste.”

The app allows chefs to track food waste over a three-day period to highlight the average volume of each type of waste (spoilage, preparation or customer plate waste) generated by day part (breakfast, lunch and dinner), per day, and per cover. 

More about the app

  • Gives a week-by-week comparison to track progress and identify the indicative cost savings for a business
  • Shows the indicative cost saving potential based on the chef meeting the 5% reduction goal
  • Allows the chef to choose to audit breakfast, lunch and/or dinner waste
  • Is packed full of waste action tips, recipes and spoilage prevention tips
  • Contains case study videos
  • Allows the chef to save downloadable practical tools into own bespoke ‘My Folder’ for easy access
  • Helps the chef learn how to play their part in supporting the sector in reducing waste and recycling more

Chefs can use this waste tracker to repeat their audit and monitor their success over time.

Wise Up on Waste is compatible on iOS (Apple) and android devices and is free to download from the Apple store, Google Play. A free web version is also available for Blackberry handsets (optimised for BBOS6+) and other devices.

It can also be downloaded here: www.unileverfoodsolutions.co.uk/wasteapp

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