Food Service Business Compass Group Reduces Food Waste at the Source

When someone wants to see new details online from Hampton Creek, all this person must do is check the company’s Facebook page. The page is updated regularly with news, recipes, photos, videos and interesting commentary. On Earth Day, for example, the organization mentioned their partnership with food service giant Compass Group and spoke of that corporation’s dedication to decreasing food waste. Anyone who has seen the amount of wastefulness that occurs at dining establishments, as well as grocery stores, may feel appalled at how much food is thrown away, especially considering how many people go hungry in this country and elsewhere. That doesn’t even include how much food is left to rot in farm fields because it has an odd shape or some blemishes.

Since Hampton Creek is committed to lessening the negative environmental impact associated with big agriculture, it’s no wonder that this small company and Compass Group would join forces. One significant step Compass Group has taken toward reducing food waste happened right at the source. The corporation decided to buy up vegetables and fruits that normally are not brought to any type of store or dining establishment because of cosmetic imperfections. They also want the vegetables and fruits that are normally rejected after being transported. A twisted carrot, a scarred acorn squash, and a misshapen apple may not look nice, but they still taste just fine. Compass Group can use those foods in meals that have chopped, diced, sliced and mashed ingredients.

A press release from Compass Group speaks of the great success this program experienced right from the start. The corporation was able to recover more than 10,000 lbs. of food just within the first few months. The cosmetically unattractive vegetables and fruit would otherwise have been left on the land, buried with agricultural machinery, or thrown out by food production workers at various facilities. Known as Imperfectly Delicious, the program is run by the corporation’s subsidiary Bon Appetit Management Company. It’s true that the average consumer might avoid buying these foods in a supermarket, instead choosing those with more aesthetic appeal. Nevertheless, as long as the vegetables and fruits taste the same as the pretty ones, there’s no reason for them to go to waste.