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Compass Group, Unilever Announce Food Waste Reduction Effort

The goal is to create a domino effect of education and influence, with each guest inspired to continue the conversation at home.

On April 28th, foodservice leader Compass Group, food manufacturer Unilever, and Top Chef personality, Tom Colicchio are coordinating a Stop Food Waste Day.

Compass Group chefs across the country will celebrate with live cooking demonstrations and information to build waste awareness—like tips on ways to save at home and creative recipes that focus on using more of what you buy.

The goal is to create a domino effect of education and influence, with each guest inspired to continue the conversation at home.

"We are empowering our associates to be advocates of food-waste reduction, united on a mission to make positive changes from our kitchens to yours," Amy Keister, Compass Group vice president of consumer engagement, said in a statement.

Compass Group USA has committed to reduce food waste by 25 percent by the year 2020. As part of its Envision 2020 strategy, employees across approximately 8,000 cafes are given the resources to actively support a robust food-waste reduction plan. The platform includes tools and training for tracking waste, using rescued Imperfectly Delicious Produce (IDP), creating smart menus that maximize ingredients, and working with food recovery partners to donate excess meals to the community. 

"We are in a unique position of influence that can create a positive chain reaction," Compass Group COO Rick Post said in a statement. "We educate our managers to train their associates, who share with their customers, who then bring the solutions home to their families."

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