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WASHINGTON – New research on behalf of Champions 12.3 finds there is a compelling business case for hotels to reduce the amount of food they throw away.  For every $1 hotels invested in programs to reduce kitchen food waste, on average they saved $7 in operating costs.

In a first-of-its kind analysis for the industry, The Business Case for Reducing Food Loss and Waste: Hotels evaluated financial cost and benefit data for 42 sites – including Sofitel, MGM and more – across 15 countries, finding that nearly every site realized a positive return on its investment to reduce food waste. Within just one year, the hotels had reduced food waste from their kitchens by 21 percent on average, and over 70 percent had recouped their investment.  Within two years, 95 percent had recouped their investment.

The 7:1 return on investment comes from buying less food and thereby reducing purchase costs, increasing revenue from new menu items developed from leftovers or foods previously considered “scraps,” and lower waste management costs.

Read the full press release and full report here.

By Jillian Holzer and Amanda Williamson for Champions 12.3.

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6 Simple Tips to a Food Waste-Free Holiday

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During the holiday season, nobody wants to run out of food when holding a party or hosting a meal. To avoid embarrassment, we often end up preparing too much food, but don’t know how to manage the leftovers!

Did you know that food waste is one of the world’s biggest waste contributors? According to recycleworks.org, household waste increases by more than 25% from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. At least 28 billion pounds of edible food is wasted each year – equating to over 100 pounds per person.

Here are some tips for a food waste-free holiday.

  1. Plan Ahead!

Planning menus in advance can limit waste. Get the head count of your guests to coordinate your recipe measurements to the perfect proportions, reducing the risk of impulse purchases. Check out Love Food Hate Waste for portion planning, storage tips and recipes.

  1. Store Properly

Rotten or spoiled food is the ultimate bummer. Storing food properly in the fridge or freezer ensures a longer shelf life and less food in the trash. Consider using the app Fridgely to record and track what’s in your fridge.

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  1. Leftovers into Makeovers

Don’t let your leftovers go to waste. Transform your holiday leftovers into completely new dishes. Here are some awesome recipes to incorporate your holiday leftovers.

  1. Leftover Pooling Party

Throw a leftovers pooling party to cut down on food waste, save money and be united with the community in the process. This is a great way to clear out the fridge especially during the post-holiday season. Find out more about leftovers pooling party ideas here. Visit to our Green Tips article for a quick checklist of actions you can take to avoid or reduce food waste at your events.

  1. Donate to Feed the Hungry

If you still end up with too much food, find your local food bank and donate it to those in need. Check out our Green Tips articles on Rescue Food Scraps and Donate to Food Banks.

  1. Compost 

If food really cannot be eaten, at the very least, compost what you can. Here is a list of foods that you can and cannot compost. Also, try these simple solutions to reduce waste at home and the office.

food waste-freeReducing our food waste during the holiday season generates a host of benefits from saving money to conserving our planet. But don’t stop when the holiday season is over and keep the zero waste spirit year round.

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