Published Wednesday, 05 July 2017
Around 53,500 tonnes of food is wasted in Scottish restaurants each year, costing our hospitality industry £64million annually.
But two-thirds of this food waste could have been avoided with 34% of this good food estimated to be ‘plate waste’ - food left by the customer at the end of the meal.
Good to Go has been developed to change the culture around leftovers and save food from the bin by giving customers an easy way to take uneaten food home. Research has revealed that customers are keen to be offered ‘doggy bags’, however two fifths are too shy to ask. Restaurants participating in our Good to Go pilot, where customers were proactively offered doggy bags, reported average food waste reductions of 42% and that customers overwhelmingly welcomed the service.
The Good to Go programme provides the customer with instructions from Food Standard Scotland for keeping food safe on each box along with addressing safety fears. Some restaurants also said that being part of the scheme actually improves sales as customers who weren't sure if they could manage additional courses ordered them anyway and took some home.
So to back Zero Waste Scotland's drive for change in this area free starter packs of 300 boxes, bags and communication materials are being offered to businesses employing up to 250 people. It is hoped the move will help Scotland’s world-leading target to reduce food waste by 33% by 2025.