Mobile Tech Could Solve the Food Waste Problem for Restaurants
The magnitude of food waste in the U.S. is alarming, particularly in restaurants. The foodservice industry accounted for 10.8 million tons of food waste in 2019, contributing to the roughly $164 billion in surplus food in the foodservice industry alone that ends up in landfills, as compost, animal feed, or is incinerated. In the same year, full-service restaurants were responsible for 44 percent of waste in the foodservice industry while limited-service restaurants contributed to the problem with nearly 20 percent of food waste.
And consumers have taken notice of the problem. In the most recent State of What Feeds Us report, the overwhelming majority of consumers believe that fast food restaurants have excessive food waste and are more likely to visit a restaurant that is environmentally friendly.