Green is a colour washing over the Catering Industry, as operators up and down the country continue to make strides in their sustainability efforts.
And, with the Government announcing plans for a new living wage, now more than ever is the time for industry leaders to stop and think about the ways in which their operation is not only environmentally sustainable, but also socially and economically.
It’s one of the many challenges we all face and, as a forward- thinking organisation which aims to support its members now and into the future, we have started looking at the needs and challenges of the Industry tomorrow, so we can find a solution today. It’s why we conducted the largest ever global research piece into food trends and student eating – providing members with genuinely valuable business intelligence to help drive footfall and profits across campus. It’s also the reason we have launched the TUCO Academy, a unique series of sector-specific training courses, covering niche skills at all levels, designed with your needs at its core. The challenge of meeting the skills gap in the catering sector is getting ever larger; if we are to achieve future success we must train the next generation of leaders now. You’ll find everything you need to know about it here.
This past year has seen so many of our members achieve great things on the sustainability front and we could not be prouder to say that the driving forces behind the green movement in the catering sector are part of our community. We take a look at a snap shot of just some of the great initiatives you have been working on from the past 12 months.
There is always more work that can be done in the “green arena” but together we as an organisation can take university catering to the next level through sharing our knowledge, research and training. By utilising our collective expertise and working as a single body we can continue to create something that will benefit universities for generations to come.
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David Nuttall - Head of TUCO Sustainability Committee