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
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
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.