How many times have we heard our mums’ rattle on about not wasting food? “Think of all the poor starving children in Africa” mine would repeat daily! Nowadays when looking in the mirror, perhaps I shouldn’t have obeyed 🙂 However the fact remains that waste is the scourge of the 21st century. Not only does it harm the environment, but as a restaurateur it can seriously impact your bottom line. 

In this post we will share helpful advice and practical solutions to help you minimise food waste in your restaurant. You may improve the sustainability of the future and boost the profitability of your restaurant by putting these methods into practice. Besides, your mum will be proud!

1. Conduct a waste audit

Restaurant Food Waste

You must first identify the source of food waste in order to address it effectively. Pinpoint the exact places and procedures in your restaurant that produce the most waste by conducting a waste audit.

  • Keep track of and calculate the quantity of food waste produced each day, each week, and each month.

  • Categorise the waste to identify patterns and areas for improvement.

  • Examine the causes of the waste, such as excess production, spoilage, or incorrect portioning.

2. Improve inventory control

Managing inventories well is crucial for decreasing food waste. Optimise your inventory procedures to help you reduce overstocking, spoilage and unnecessary waste.

  • Create a system to keep an eye on stock levels and expiration dates.

  • Make sure that older ingredients are used first by using the first-in, first-out (FIFO) approach.

  • To prevent repeated orders, put in place a centralised purchasing system.

  • Create a solid rapport with your suppliers to guarantee precise deliveries and reduce unnecessary inventory.

3. Fine-tune menu engineering

Menu engineering is a useful tactic to cut down on food waste while boosting profits. You can maximise the use of ingredients and reduce waste by reviewing your menu and altering it as necessary.

  • Focus on promoting the menu items that are most profitable and well-liked.

  • Use cross-utilization of ingredients to cut down on excess stock.

  • Provide a range of quantity sizes to satisfy different customer appetites.

  • Adjust the specials on the menu based on the supply of ingredients and excess inventory.

  • Read more about menu engineering and boosting restaurant profit

4. Staff training and development

Your personnel are essential in reducing food waste. You can encourage a culture of sustainability at your restaurant by giving employees training and giving them the freedom to take charge. 

  • Inform your team of the necessity of minimising food waste and its effects on the environment and business success.

  • Teach kitchen workers the right practises for storage and portioning.

  • Urge servers to interact with customers, to prevent over-ordering or plate waste, 

  • Give staff members the freedom to offer creative waste-reduction strategies.

5. Encourage creative leftover use

Not only is using leftovers to create new dishes a sustainable approach, but it also allows for some culinary innovation. 

  • Offer daily specials that utilise yesterday’s leftovers.

  • Develop a “chef’s choice” menu item that makes use of extra ingredients.

  • Add leftover ingredients to sauces, soups or stews.

  • Give extra food to charitable organisations or food banks in your area.


Waste not want not

So there you have it, reducing food waste in your restaurant is not only environmentally responsible but also financially beneficial. Adopting sustainable practices can improve your restaurant’s reputation and make your mama proud! Start putting these crucial suggestions into practice right away to create a restaurant that is more sustainable and successful.

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