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Andrew Shakman, Co-Founder & CEO

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10 Steps to a Building a 2016 Food Waste Strategy

Posted by Andrew Shakman, Co-Founder & CEO on January 27, 2016

What's your operation's strategy to minimize wasted food? If you're like many foodservice operators, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed by all of the potential solutions to this critical issue, and wondering where you should start.

Earlier this month we held a webinar to provide guidance on just that: Building Your 2016 Food Waste Strategy, a Checklist for Success. Crafting a strategy can feel like a daunting task, but we simplified it to just 10 steps to help get you started in the right direction. If you missed it, you can still watch the full recording and download the companion "Checklist" template. For a cliff notes version, read on.

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Topics: Food Waste Musings, Food Waste Prevention Newsletter

Food Waste Forecast: 17 Food Waste Trends We’ll See in 2016

Posted by Andrew Shakman, Co-Founder & CEO on December 16, 2015

2015 was the biggest year yet for those of us working on solving the global issue of wasted food. It’s an exciting time to be working on this topic! But what’s ahead for 2016—will the momentum continue?

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Topics: Food Waste Musings, Food Waste Prevention Newsletter

Food Waste Prevention vs. Food Donation: Initiatives at Odds?

Posted by Andrew Shakman, Co-Founder & CEO on October 26, 2015

Earlier this month I attended the Feeding America food recovery summit held in Washington, D.C. Since I focus on food waste prevention, I’m sometimes asked if there’s tension emerging between prevention and recovery. After all, if we prevent food waste from happening, doesn’t food recovery lose out?

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Topics: Food Waste Musings, Food Waste Prevention Newsletter

Principles of Prevention: Food Waste is a Front-Line Issue

Posted by Andrew Shakman, Co-Founder & CEO on August 26, 2015

One of the myths we often hear in foodservice related to food waste is that if you have food waste, it means that a chef or manager isn’t doing his/her job (check out our full food waste myths post here). And while reducing food waste certainly needs to be on the management agenda, solving food waste doesn’t come from a management edict or better IT, solving food waste is about shaping behaviors.

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Are You Underestimating Food Waste?

Posted by Andrew Shakman, Co-Founder & CEO on July 7, 2015

Most Consumer Survey Respondents Say They Waste ‘Less than the Average American’

Last month the results from a unique consumer-focused food waste survey were released. The study was conducted in 2014 with research funded by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. As far as the researchers know, it’s the first nationally representative consumer-focused U.S. food waste survey of its kind.

The survey asked a series of questions including how “aware” consumers are about wasted foods, what shapes their behavior, and what motivates them. Also, of particular interest to our readers in the foodservice industry, respondents were also asked what changes they would support in the retail and restaurant industry to help prevent wasted food.

Here are a few highlights from the survey results that I found to be particularly interesting (you can read the full study here):

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Topics: Food Waste Musings, Food Waste Prevention Newsletter