Grandma really was right! Although I never quite bought the connection between finishing my veges and preventing others from starving. What we do know, is that wasting food has a major impact on the health of our planet. According to the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy, 3.2 million tonnes of food waste ends up in landfill each year. That’s enough food to fill 6 Olympic size swimming pools, in Australia alone. As this landfill rots it emits a large amount of carbon dioxide and methane – a greenhouse gas 25 times as potent as CO2. Not to mention the negligent waste of our natural resources with the enormous amount of water, energy and fuel that go into making and transporting food and ingredients.
Australians are becoming more and more aware of the impact their food waste has on the planet. Reducing wastage is no new phenomenon in the foodservice industry. For years restaurants and manufacturers have searched for ways to reduce their waste count as a means of improving their bottom line. With the added motivation of environmental impact, we all need to step up, take action and share in the responsibility for caring for our planet.
The two major contributors to food waste in restaurants and cafes are over-ordering and inefficient storage. In short, if you have more ingredients than you use and they sit on the shelf for too long, they will go out of date and end up in landfill. It’s imperative to control stock rotation, and as best as possible, predict the quantities needed to fill customer’s orders. But let’s face it, even with the best stock management systems, we can all get caught out with spikes and troughs in demand.
Priestley’s have taken up the challenge to help restaurants and cafes to reduce their food waste by creating the Freezer to Plate range. A complete range of dessert options for your menu that is stored frozen and ready to serve in seconds. So, you can set your dessert menu to tempt the taste buds with no waste and no fuss and turn out delicious desserts in no time.
Over the course of several months, we tried and tested our entire range to find a range of products that go directly from the freezer, into the microwave and are ready to serve in seconds. All of the pre-portioned cakes, slices and muffins in the freezer to plate range meet the high standard of taste and appearance that we pride ourselves on. So, if you want a waste-free dessert menu, keep a selection of the freezer to plate range in your freezer. Together we can reduce the amount of food waste and create a more sustainable future.
Check out Priestley’s entire Freezer to Plate range here.