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Andrew Shakman, Co-Founder & CEO

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5 Tips: How to Fund Upfront Investment in Food Waste Prevention

Posted by Andrew Shakman, Co-Founder & CEO on May 31, 2017

Food waste reduction starts with prevention—preventing the food waste from happening in the first place is the clear optimal solution from a social, environmental and economic standpoint. And the first step in prevention is measurement—understanding exactly how much food is being wasted and why, so you know where you’re starting from, can identify opportunities for improvement, and can easily track progress over time.

In the ReFED Report, A Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste By 20 Percent, waste tracking and analytics is listed as one of the most effective solutions for food waste prevention by waste diversion potential. For foodservice institutions and restaurants, there is a very compelling reason to act, as we know that “what gets measured, gets managed.” And automated platforms, such as LeanPath, make it easy to track waste, collect detailed data and photos, and take action on your biggest opportunities for prevention.

Food waste prevention efforts have a proven and strong ROI—as much as 10x or more—over a relatively short period of 6-12 months. However, a common challenge many organizations face is how to fund the effort to start, since an upfront investment of time and resources is required to achieve the positive bottom-line impact.

Here we offer 5 tips to spark some creative thinking for your upfront program investment.


For organizations of all sizes:

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Topics: Food Waste Musings, Food Waste Prevention Newsletter, commercial kitchen

5 global challenges we can address through food waste prevention

Posted by Andrew Shakman, Co-Founder & CEO on October 31, 2016

When “sustainability” became a regular topic in the foodservice industry about ten years ago, it was common to group the conversation neatly into sub-components: energy, water, waste, food sourcing, and community engagement (among others). This was all new for most, and the learning curve was steep in each area. Operators wondered: where should I start? What matters most? Everyone made their own choices because there was no hierarchy within sustainability.

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Topics: Food Waste Strategies

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