Sodexo gets on board food waste wagon

Sodexo, a company that specialises in quality of life services, has pledged to purchase at least 75 tonnes of surplus food by August 2021, through Yume’s surplus food online marketplace, as part of its ongoing efforts to lead the charge in corporate sustainability.
Yume’s online marketplace allows suppliers and buyers to connect with each other to prevent high quality, edible food from going to waste.
Yume food purchases are made by a number of Sodexo’s mining villages sites across the country, including Cloudbreak, Degrussa and Karntama in Western Australia, Olympic Dam in South Australia and Tanami in Northern Territory.
Sodexo and Yume first partnered in mid-2018 and Sodexo was the first corporate buyer to make a Yume pledge for future food purchases. Since, Sodexo has purchased more than 115 tonnes of surplus produce through Yume.
“7.3 million tonnes of food is wasted every year in Australia, of which 4.1 million tonnes is from the commercial food sector. Through the purchase of top-quality surplus food through Yume, Sodexo has become a leader in sustainable procurement and given hundreds of businesses a lifeline., said Katy Barfield, Founder & CEO, Yume.

Sodexo’s Tanami Village has purchased 8,123kg of surplus food through Sodexo’s supply chain.
Following a successful trial, Sodexo’s team at Tanami now purchases salmon, export quality pork, diced beef, chicken and more, ordering in bulk and building the products into their quarterly menus.
“We were surprised at how much food would normally have gone to waste. We now purchase almost a tonne of poultry every six to eight weeks that would have otherwise gone to waste. With Yume part of our main supply chain, we’re looking at how we can incorporate even more products as we review our menu each quarter,” said Tristan Allen, Tanami site manager, Sodexo Australia.

Sodexo’s mission to reduce waste extends across its operations in Australia.
The company recently announced it helped reduce the production of regular plastics by 156 tonnes and offset 1,122 tonnes of carbon, as part of its partnership with packaging provider BioPak.
Sodexo has also announced the deployment of its data-driven food waste prevention program, WasteWatch powered by Leanpath, at 140 food service locations across Asia-Pacific, including Australia, by January of 2021.
The WasteWatch program will enable sites to capture food waste data, identify opportunities to reduce waste and drive operational and behavioural changes.
“Collectively, corporate Australia still has a long way to go to achieve environmentally-conscious operations and supply chains. By partnering with providers like Yume, BioPak, and Leanpath we’re taking steps towards a more sustainable future. Our work with our sustainability partners serves as a reminder of the capacity of corporates to contribute to the fight against waste.” said Mark Chalmers, CFO & country president, Sodexo Australia.

Kellogg’s joins Yume marketplace

Kellogg’s Australia and Yume, an online B2B marketplace for the sale of quality surplus food, have announced a new partnership that enables Kellogg’s to list any surplus raw materials that become available during the manufacturing process exclusively through to the Yume platform.

The Yume platform enables food suppliers such as primary producers and manufacturers to safely sell their quality surplus products directly to buyers in the ­food service industry.

Kellogg’s is the first Australian manufacturer to take the Yume Pledge, helping to ensure that the company continues to find innovative ways to help reduce food waste in Australia.

Tamara Howe, director of marketing and corporate affairs, at Kellogg’s Australia and New Zealand, said that partnering with Yume is another way for us to continue tackling the issue of food insecurity, and ensure that no food or ingredients we purchase go to waste.

We know that the ingredients that go into our foods use our natural resources – including water and energy, plus our farmers work incredibly hard to grow these foods for us. Therefore, we need to make sure all of that hard work and resources don’t go to waste.

We have a multifaceted approach to minimise food waste in our business. This includes prevention through processes to reduce the risk of surplus stock & ingredients through to donating finished foods that are nearing their best before dates, but still good to eat, to people in need through our charity partners.

“The Yume partnership will make it easier for others to get access to any excess ingredients we may have from time to time, and re-use these for other foods.”

“There are many reasons why a manufacturer like Kellogg’s can have surplus ingredients. Either imperfect goods, deleted product lines or raw materials that are no longer needed for production. Due to  Yume, Kellogg’s can continue to focus on creating high-quality breakfast products we all know and love, while Yume can focus on finding a new home for their surplus ingredients.

It is great to see a market leader like Kellogg’s walking the talk and taking direct bold action into fighting food waste” says Katy Barfield – food waste leader  and founder of Yume.

4.1 Million tonnes of food goes to waste every year in Australia in the commercial food sector*, Yume exists to prevent all of quality food from going to waste.

Already, Yume – which works with hundreds of leading food manufacturers – has sold over 1,100,000kgs of quality surplus food, returning over $4.5 million to Australian farmers and manufacturers. In doing so, the award-winning social enterprise – one of only three companies globally using technology to offer an innovative market for surplus food – has saved 72,123 million litres of water and prevented 2,200 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released

Victoria’s sustainability awards open for nominations

Previous entrants in the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards say that their involvement has led to better staff morale, improved profiling with their customers and stronger community relationships.

Recent research by Sustainability Victoria says that entrants not only demonstrate increased energy efficiencies and reduced bills through their sustainability projects, by telling their stories through the Awards they enjoy a range of other benefits.

Last year’s winner of the Premier’s Recognition Award was Yume Food – Australia’s first online platform that enables food suppliers, such as manufacturers, primary producers and importers to sell their quality surplus products at a discount to commercial buyers in the food service industry such as caterers, wholesalers, restaurants, hotels and event centres.

Yume’s Founder and CEO, Katy Barfield, said “We’re asked to enter a lot of awards’ programs but have to be quite selective. The Premier’s Sustainability Awards program appealed to us for a range of reasons.

“One of the best results for us has been the recognition. Through our hard work and acknowledgement of programs like this, we have a respected voice in media, and I’m often asked to speak at conferences and other industry events. It gives us a great opportunity to spread the word even further.”

Sustainability Victoria assists entrants throughout the nomination process, then finalists and winners are provided with media releases, social media graphics, professional photos and other promotional collateral.
“Our 2018 finalists and winners tell us that the Awards’ process improves engagement and marketing opportunities at every stage. From the time they complete their entries through to the announcement of finalists, then at the prestigious ceremony to announce winners and beyond, entrants report a really positive experience,” Sustainability Victoria CEO, Stan Krpan, said.
In the Awards’ 17-year history, businesses, schools, organisations and community groups have enjoyed the chance to not only demonstrate their sustainability success but to promote it.
“Now is the time for any group doing good sustainability work to highlight their sustainability through the Premier’s Sustainability Awards,” Mr Krpan adds.
Entries close at 5.00pm Thursday, 13 June 2019.