ISS announced a new initiative to reduce all food waste by 50 per cent during the next three years at all US facilities where the company provides food management services.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, globally, one-third of all food is wasted and food waste accounts for approximately 8 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions – representing a large opportunity for improvement.
To meet its ambitious goals, ISS has partnered with artificial intelligence and kitchen technology developer Winnow. ISS will install Winnow’s hardware and software in more than 200 kitchens across the country.
Through a combination of hardware and software, food waste data is captured in the kitchen and fed back to teams with actionable insights that enable the kitchens to make better inventory decisions.
ISS Group has piloted Winnow in sites across Europe and Australia since 2019. By 2020, they saved over 38 tons of food, the equivalent of saving 84,964 meals from being thrown away.
“We see this program as beneficial not only to our clients and employees but also to our shared communities and the environment,” said Paul Fairhead, CEO of ISS Guckenheimer, the company’s food services division.
“We are committed to using leading-edge technology solutions to generate real world value—which in this case has culminated in a more efficient, environmentally sustainable approach to food management.”
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