Did you know that the organization of Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA) found that 84.3 percent of food waste in American restaurant are ended as garbage? This cause the major issues for various parties such as the social and environment activist, and especially the restaurateurs. For restaurateurs, this can cause major loss hence they need to reduce the food waste to increase their profit. But, what are the ways to reduce food waste in your restaurant business?
Conduct a waste audit
Without conducting waste audit you will not know the amount food waste you produce. Try to reduce food waste by sorting the waste itself every single day. Separate the paper, plastic, plastic glasses and plates, foods like vegetables and meat are also need to be placed in different places.
After you sort all the waste weigh and record the each weights. You need to calculate them every time to do it. By doing it, you will have insight how much waste you produce every year.
Reduce food waste by recording all the waste data
After you did the audit, generate the journal to record and track all the waste you have. Do not forget to calculate the weight of the waste as you prepare to collect them. Besides you need to note some special cases in the journal like rotten material, expired or broken food, and many more. Those notes will help you to monitor your waste as one of the effort to reduce food waste.
Train your staff really well to reduce food waste
Start your attempt to reduce food waste by training simple things to your staff. Give them proper and special training to reduce food waste in your restaurant. For instance, teach the cooks the special tricks on how to slice vegetables, fruits or meat in order to keep them fresh much longer.
Store the food in the proper storage
Good restaurants are those which have good inventory system. Try to store your food stock in a proper place. For example you will put the vegetables and fruits in the fridge. Meanwhile you will need to put the meat and frozen food in the freezer with particular temperature. Besides before you store the stock, you need to pay attention to their label. Check their expiry dates, lot and batch numbers before you store them.
Give your customers weekly promo
One of the best ways to reduce food waste in your restaurant is give your customers weekly promo. For example you ordered too much meat this week and there were just few customers who order that. Try to make special promo for your steak menu. Give them 50 percent discount or by doing ‘buy one get one free’ or anything that can attract your customer to buy them. Sometimes you will need to be creative to attract them more.
Use special software
Another way to reduce your food waste in your restaurant is by utilizing special software. One of the software you can use is Inventory System. This system will help you to track you stock from their quantities to qualities. Inventory system will also help you to figure out what are the most and least favorite foods in your restaurant. By doing it you can forecast which stock you need to buy more or less in the next period.