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How to make your restaurant more sustainable

March 6, 2019

If you we’re at the Restaurants Canada Show than you heard all about sustainability from innovative speaker; Manjit Minhas, Patrick Kriss, Terry O’Reilly and many more giving you useful tips. To an interactive and immersive onsite experience “Restaurant Of The Future” showcasing how you can integrate sustainable solutions within your operation.

The Canadian Food Industry has made noticeable changes in prioritizing sustainability.

Over the past few years, this area of focus has grown beyond business preservation and into one of the top requirements that patrons look for when deciding where to eat.

From restaurants and catering businesses to food trucks and cafes, sustainability concerns have forced restaurants to change the way they do business.

As today’s consumers are more conscious than ever there is an increased responsibility for restaurants to become more mindful in their business operations, food sourcing and waste-management procedures. With these in mind, here are 3 great ways to help increase your restaurants sustainability in 2019:

INCORPORATE ECO-FRIENDLY OPTIONS:

Restaurants have been going to great lengths to keep the environment at the forefront of their operations. From getting rid of Styrofoam cups and plastic straws to buying food from sustainable sources the industry standard has undergone a massive shift.

While eco-friendly packaging can be tricky, take the time to do your research to ensure that you are using functional, durable materials to match the (often) premium price tags.

Minimize unnecessary waste by using reusable packaging and don’t be afraid to ask your suppliers to send produce in reusable crates and/or cardboard boxes At the end of the day, every little bit count.

BE MINDFUL OF FOOD SOURCING AND COOK WHAT’S IN SEASON:

Two-five years ago, most chefs would develop their menus based on what they loved to cook instead of what was most sustainable or in season.

While the focus was on what people would like to eat, there was no consideration of the consequences from importing ingredients from distant places around the world.

By sourcing local, in-season produce, you can make a huge impact on saving transportation costs, supporting local businesses, adding creativity to your menu and reducing environmental overhead.

While some restaurant owners will change their menus with each season, purchase peak-season produce in bulk and/or seek out creative ways to incorporate them into their kitchens – there is also the option of growing your own produce on-site!

While planting rooftop and backyard gardens are becoming very popular among sustainable restaurants, the added benefit is the opportunity for fresher, more affordable produce and a reduced environmental footprint.

DEVELOP A PLAN TO REDUCE FOOD WASTE:

Each year, approximately 1.4 million tonnes of food is wasted in Canada Although the restaurant industry is not the sole generator of this great deal of waste, it can play a great role in helping improve it.

Even big chains are jumping in, Chipotle, for example, has recently announced their goal to divert half of its restaurant waste from landfills by 2020. To achieve this, the company plans on training their staff on best practices for reducing waste during food prep, auditing waste and donating their leftovers.

Whether you decide to donate to a local food bank or opt for compost – a small change in operations can make a huge environmental impact.

As sustainability has become an important component of the industry standard, we can expect to see many more restaurants adapt their businesses to modern needs.

By addressing these issues with sustainable practices, restaurants can contribute to improving their bottom line, supporting local businesses, defending the environment, generating a positive brand image and of course, earning trust from their local patrons

INTERESTED IN BUILDING OR RENOVATING YOUR RESTAURANT TO MAKE IT MORE SUSTAINABLE? GET IN TOUCH WITH OUR BUILD IT BY DESIGN TORONTO PROFESSIONALS AT (905) 696-0486 OR EMAIL [email protected] FOR MORE DETAILS.

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