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Haste makes waste. Three simple words, and literally billions of dollars later, as a planet we’re at a crossroads of needing to address the issue of food waste and take steps to a greener planet, starting in food retail.
We’ve all been there. Cleaning out the inside of our refrigerator at home, purging the shelves of expired product and emptying the produce bin of spoiled and forgotten fruits and vegetables. Now, imagine the magnitude of this in a food retail environment. These are very unsettling numbers, and the issue of food waste in both the United States and Canada something that not only needs to be addressed but implemented — immediately.
It’s our job to take a challenging dilemma like food waste and turn it into a lucrative opportunity. While it’s our main initiative to work towards beneficial solutions for the environment, that doesn’t mean we also can’t find strategic paybacks for your sales along the way. Read on for cost-saving solutions, tactful alternatives, and innovative products to increase sales and decrease waste.
Besides back of house operations resulting in shrink, it’s no secret that consumer habits also play a crucial role in the food waste issue. So, we’ve found non-obtrusive ways for front and back of house operations to mitigate spoilage and waste through solution-driven products.
About 50% of all produce is thrown out—while it’s still edible. In a time when world hunger is so prevalent, this is a stat that’s truly hard to swallow. Believe us; we understand better than anybody about the significance of visual appeal and why good-looking produce is getting picked up first by shoppers. Sprucing up your produce section with impulse crate stands, pyramid risers, and display tubs can help beautify those neglected fruits and veggies. Keep in mind, although less shiny and perhaps not perfectly shaped, they’re still completely edible products.Shop Produce Display Fixtures
Innovatively designed false-bottom lid inserts allow your display bowls to be filled to the brim while throwing out less waste at the end of the day.Shop False Bottom Products
Regardless if you’re a restaurant, a grocery store, or a deli, airtight containers are a must-have for less shrinkage and cost-savings. While plastic wraps and foils seem like a cheap, convenient alternative, airtight containers lock out all elements, keeping food and ingredients fresher for longer.Shop Airtight Containers
Although it seems a likely solution, what if we told you recycling bins can also increase sales? The average person generates over four pounds of trash every day, so having waste receptacles readily available throughout stores and markets not only helps the environment, but also serves towards a more convenient shopping journey. Also a back of house necessity, recycling bins assist in properly disposing of cans, papers and bottles.Shop Recycling Bins
Besides just making sure the right amount of ingredients are going into each product for the perfect taste, portion controlled products like scales, control spoons, and measuring cups save money through using exact measurements. No more, no less.Shop Portion Controlled Products
It’s our goal to work towards a cleaner planet, so we’re always aiming to make a difference in any way that we can. In an effort to offer green food packaging supplies and help your cost-savings, we supply a variety of products.
HUBERT® has all your basic eco-friendly solutions like:
For all other environmentally friendly food packaging products, check out our eco-friendly solutions page.
Many food retailers are very open-minded to taking steps to greener initiatives through donating product, they just don’t know how. Along with the fear of lawsuits and how to properly donate, there’s already a law set in place to make these efforts possible. Check out the Food Donation and Civil Liabilities in Canada for everything you need to know about food donation
We all know plastic in food retail is a hot topic. Many have heard the trend of “biopackaging” is rising in an effort to decrease plastic usage, and in short, biopackaging is packaging made of renewable resources which are compostable in an effort to make a smaller environmental footprint. Here’s a few of our bio-friendly products we recommend to forward this initiative:
Whether you’re a food manufacturer or a supermarket, the solution stays consistent when it comes to food waste. Here’s what we recommend. Rather than taking up more space in the already over-crowded landfills, try composting. Composting helps you pay less for trash pickup, receive tax benefits, and replenish our environment in a healthy way. While services vary by location, click here learn more on Canada’s compost initiatives.