The brainchild of foodserve leaders Compass Group US, ‘Stop Food Waste Day’ was launched in the States in 2017 before gaining global traction from 2018 onwards.
On the 28th April this year, Stop Food Waste Day aims to raise awareness of food waste and food poverty as well as educating and inspiring the world to make the most of their food stores, targeting a zero rate throwaway.
“Food waste is central to some of the key challenges facing the world today, including hunger and poverty, climate change, health and wellbeing and the sustainability of agriculture and oceans.
Food waste is a massive issue facing us all. As a global leader in food service operating in 40+ countries, we are uniquely positioned to raise awareness and make a positive impact to reduce food waste.”
Dominic Blakemore, CEO, Compass Group PLC
Sadly, in the UK alone, we throw away around 9.5 million tonnes of food waste in a single year – even though 8.4 million people in the UK suffer in food poverty.
At Jupiter, we take our commitment to food waste seriously. We produce 25-30 tonnes of fresh fruit waste from our Prepared fruit facility each week, which is collected by a local farming operation to be converted into power via biomass digesters.
Anaerobic digesters break down the waste fruit matter in the absence of oxygen, naturally producing 10,500 kilowatts of energy each day, with 8,000kw exported to power homes close by.
Not only providing power and using the heat to kiln dry logs, every tonne of food waste recycled through the process prevents between 0.5 and 1.0 tonne of CO2 entering the atmosphere!
Read more about our biomass process here.