ISS Commits to Food Waste Reduction
ISS Facility Services has introduced a new programme targeted at achieving a 50 per cent reduction in food waste for clients of its U.S. food management business by 2024.
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a third of all food is wasted and food waste accounts for approximately 8 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Commenting on the new commitment, Paul Fairhead, CEO of ISS Guckenheimer (the group's Food Services brand), explains: "We see this program as beneficial not only to our clients and employees but also to our shared communities and the environment.
"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."
Under a partnership with AI kitchen tools developer Winnow, more than 200 ISS kitchens will be equipped with hardware and software for capturing and feeding back data that can be used to improve food purchasing and inventory management decisions. ISS has been piloting Winnow at sites in Europe and Australia since 2019, and reported food savings of more than 38 metric tonnes - or the equivalent of 84,964 meals, in the first year alone.
Winnow CEO and co-founder, Marc Zornes, says: "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. It is a privilege to work with such a forward-thinking company and help them further improve their responsible processes in their food and beverages offer and positively influence the U.S. market."