Champions of Waste Management & Prevention Announced

Tonight the good and the great of the industry gathered for the Awards Party of the inaugural Waste2Zero Awards - headline sponsored by Bunzl - at the Ham Yard Hotel in London’s Soho.

The management and prevention of waste has changed dramatically over the last few years from being something of an elephant in the room to a core business discipline.

Waste, however, remains endemic and one of the biggest challenges to the foodservice and hospitality industry. Food waste, in particular, has emerged as one of the defining sustainability issues of our modern food system, whilst packaging and other non-food waste presents a perpetual and colossal problem.

Responding to demand, the objective of waste2zero - the first awards of its kind in the sector - is to specifically give the out of home industry a platform to showcase best practice and recognise excellence in this vital area for the first time.

Tonight is the culmination of an initiative we were frankly surprised didn’t exist before, given the huge steps that have been made by organisations in the foodservice industry and its associations. Our congratulations to
all the finalists tonight. Whether you win or not you are leaders in the field and deserve to be recognised as such tonight.

Announced by the reigning Celebrity Masterchef Winner Angellica Bell, the winners were:

BEST WASTE PROJECT COMMUNICATION & STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT AWARD

Sponsored by Kp Linpac

Winner: SWR at Bristol Airport

Runner Up: Wimborne War on Waste

BEST WASTE MANAGEMENT PROJECT AWARD (NON-FOOD)

Sponsored by Coca-Cola European Partners

Winner: Compass Group

Joint Runner Up: Elior and Prezzo

BEST WASTE MANAGEMENT PROJECT AWARD (FOOD)

Sponsored by Huhtamaki

Winner: BaxterStorey

Runner Up: Sodexo Defence in assoc. LeanPath

BEST RECYCLING PROJECT (PRIVATE SECTOR) sponsored by Cawleys

Sponsored by Cawleys

 Winner: Coca-Cola European Partners

Runner Up: Le Pain Quotidien

BEST WASTE PREVENTION PROJECT AWARD (NON-FOOD)

Sponsored by LeanPath

Winner: Gather & Gather

Runner Up: Wimborne War on Waste

BEST WASTE PREVENTION PROJECT AWARD (FOOD)

Sponsored by Nestle Professional

Winner: Cranswick Gourmet Pastry Co.

Runner Up: 918 Coffee Co.

FOOD REDISTRIBUTION AWARD

Presented by WRAP

Winner: Olio Exchange

Runner Up: Fareshare

BEST PRODUCT, TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION AWARD

Sponsored by RPC-bpi

Winner: Winnow

Runner Up: Coca-Cola European Partners

BEST PRACTICE IN LOGISTICS AWARD

Presented by the Foodservice Packaging Association

Winner: Fowler Welch

BEST CLOSED LOOP PROJECT AWARD

Presented by TRIFOCAL

Winner: 918 Coffee Co.

Runner Up: Vegware

RECYCLED OR UPCYCLED PRODUCT OF THE YEAR AWARD

Presented by Refill Here

Winner: Toast Ale

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Sponsored by Bunzl

Winner: Café Spice Namaste

Runner Up: Cawleys

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Sponsored by Winnow

Winner: Neil Whittall

 Matt Johnson, MD of Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division commented:

“Committed to making hospitatlity happen for a more sustainable future, we’ve taken a hands-on approach to tackling some of the big challenges around the issue of waste in the foodservice industry.

What we’ve learnt is that successful solutions are born when we work in partnership with our people, our customers and our suppliers. Waste is a shared problem, so it stands to reason that effective solutions are created when we work together.

In the spirit of this collaboration, and in line with our ongoing objectives to initiate industry dialogue around waste, and to share what we’ve learnt along the way, we’re delighted to be the headline sponsor for the waste2zero awards.

Waste is a shared problem, successful solutions are created when we work together. With the finalists of the waste2zero Awards now confirmed, we’re looking forward to seeing collaboration, innovation and best practice on the issue of waste elevated in the foodservice industry, to affect real change for years to come.”

For all of those unable to get submissions in this year or organisations with amazing projects in the pipeline now, Waste2Zero Awards 2018 will be open for entries in May. The Waste2Zero will Winners Party will take place in September next year.

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