Report: Reducing food waste and carbon emissions in food services

At present, one-third of the world’s food goes to waste. This results in a contribution of 8-10% of global greenhouse gases, through the production, transportation and rotting of food.


Sodexo is committed to tackling food waste and has recently launched a report which makes several important recommendations to industry and government on how food waste can be measured and reduced so its impact on carbon emissions is minimised. 


Download the report to access the outcomes of the expert roundtable and our research study which informed the discussion.

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Preventing food waste at source

Food waste prevention in the kitchen

WasteWatch powered by LeanPath is a global Sodexo program to prevent pre-consumer food waste (waste generated in the kitchen) as well as post-consumer food waste (food the consumer throws away).

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Ensuring we have a responsible supply chain

Sodexo is a significant purchaser with more than 4,300 suppliers, so it is essential to develop trusting, mutually beneficial, long-term relationships to guarantee the quality and safety of products across our supply chain.

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Local, seasonal and sustainable produce

From north to south, east to west, we scour the country for the best ingredients. It’s important to us that our suppliers are knowledgeable and passionate about their products and that sustainability and ethical practices are high on their agenda too.

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A new lease of life for fruit and vegetables

In the UK over 30% of UK crops never leave the farm! Sodexo's Wasteful to Tasteful initiative is helping to rescue the Grade B fruit and vegetables that would otherwise be sent to landfill.

Find out more about Wasteful to Tasteful

Redistributing surplus food

Supporting charities and community groups

FareShare is the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste, by saving good food from going to waste and redistributing it to frontline charities and community groups.  FareShare redistributes surplus food to almost 11,000 charities across the UK – from domestic violence refuges and breakfast clubs for children, to homeless hostels, community cafes and lunch clubs for older people.

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Providing nutritious food for families

The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation extended its work with food redistribution charity, The Bread and Butter Thing (TBBT), to help provide nutritious food for thousands of families in the North of England while at the same time significantly reducing food that would have been waste

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Recycling food waste to create renewable resources

Recycling food waste

Food waste should always be segregated from other waste streams, such as general waste. Where food waste cannot be reduced onsite, we work with a number of licenced waste contractors for offsite collection and processing. Food waste is removed for anaerobic digestion to create electricity and fertiliser.