Compass Group

5th International Day of Action against Foodwaste

The German Compass brand Eurest also took part in the group's worldwide Stop Food Waste Day.
Compass Group
The German Compass brand Eurest also took part in the group's worldwide Stop Food Waste Day.

Global player Compass Group held its fifth Stop Food Waste Day on 28 April. The international day of action fighting against food waste brings together the Group's customers, suppliers and country teams to build and deepen partnerships with NGOs and charities in the fight against hunger.

Launched in 2017 by Compass Group USA, Stop Food Waste Day aims to raise awareness of food waste every year and to encourage food waste reduction along the entire supply chain. The day of action took place in over 45 countries and explored feasible solutions to the global problems of foodwaste and hunger.
About Stop Food Waste Day
Stop Food Waste Day is an international day of action in the fight against food waste, an issue that has been brought into even sharper focus by the Covid 19 pandemic. Around a third of the food produced worldwide is either lost or wasted each year. On 28 April 2021, consumers, businesses and influencers in over 30 countries will work together to raise awareness and inspire change around the critical issue of food waste.

Online and face-to-face meetings

On the Day of Action, Compass customers and country teams came together remotely online or in person in compliance with Covid 19 regulations. Surplus food was collected and donated to local communities, and activities such as pop-up demos and cooking tables were hosted. Other activities included:
  • Live cooking demonstrations and workshops shared tips and tricks on how to waste less food
  • Presentations and a virtual panel discussion in the U.S. in collaboration with Food Tank and speakers from Google, Microsoft, the USDA Food Loss and Waste Liaison, and participants from various nonprofits and influencers
  • Social media campaign using the hashtag #stopfoodwasteday to raise awareness worldwide

International partnerships

Dominic Blakemore, Chief Executive, Compass Group, said: 'As the world recovers from the pandemic, the issue of food waste has never been more important. As a global leader in food service, we have a clear role in driving lasting change in our industry." The manager explained the company's motivation for Stop Food Waste Day, saying that the greatest impact is achieved together, across countries and organizations. The constant exchange of information on multiple ways to reduce food waste is of great importance within the company in order to actively shape a more sustainable future.

Rob Wilson, Chief Toaster, Toast Ale, commented, "We've been working with Compass over the last few years to collect surplus bread from their supply chain that would otherwise go to waste and brew it into our delicious, environmentally friendly beers." A circular economy is created, he said, as Compass Group in turn sells these anti-foodwaste beers to its own customers. Mette Lykke, CEO of food app Too Good To Go, notes, "We've built a great partnership with Compass Group in nine countries over the past four years, working with different brands and activities within the group." Together, he says, they have saved over 80,000 meals from the bin, avoiding around 200 tonnes ofCO2 emissions. To achieve even more in the coming years, the partnership is to be further expanded.

Halve foodwaste by 2030

By joining the US Food Loss and Waste Champions in 2020, Compass Group committed to reducing its food waste by 50 percent by 2030. To do this, Compass uses waste technology management systems such as its proprietary Waste Not 2.0 software in the US. It measures food waste to ultimately reduce it. In addition, Compass uses smart scales from technology company Winnow. Compass says these have helped avoid more than 2,900 tons of carbon emissions and save more than 650 tons of food since 2014. The technology will be rolled out globally next year.
About the Compass Group
Compass Group PLC is one of the world's leading food services companies. The group claims annual sales of 20.2 billion British pounds (€23.23 billion) through Sept. 30, 2020. The company operates in around 45 countries, employs around 550,000 people and says it serves over 5.5 billion meals a year. Compass Group specializes in the provision of food and various services in the core sectors of Business & Industry, Healthcare & Seniors, Education, Sports & Leisure and Defence, Offshore & Remote and has an established brand portfolio.