Sustainability is a growing trend in every market in the U.S. The foodservice industry is not an exception. Not only is it better for the environment, but being sustainable can positively impact your bottom line.
There are a variety of reasons for which a foodservice operation would want to be sustainable. From regulations and rebates to saving the environment, the benefits are numerous. Did you know many electric companies offer rebates for certain types of energy saving equipment? But at the end of the day, the one main reason to embrace sustainability is to save on utility costs.
Here are three tips for foodservice operations looking for sustainability:
One of the easiest ways to become sustainable is by getting your ingredients locally. You can do this by sourcing your ingredients from local farms, growers, and markets. Aside from supporting your local economy, this can help reduce the number of resources that have to be shipped, which reduces the amount of air pollution. Additionally, some of the highest priced ingredients can be those that require excessive freight costs.
Controlling the amount of food waste in your foodservice establishment can make a huge difference in waste reduction. By thoroughly doing inventory and ensuring that you are not over ordering, you will save money and waste less food. You can also reduce waste by choosing to use recyclable or compostable materials in your operation, as well as by ensuring foods are stored in ideal conditions to improve their shelf lives. The bottom line is the less a foodservice operation wastes, the lower the overall food costs.
REDUCE UTILITY COSTS
Utility costs like water and energy are volatile at best. Lowering the amount of water and electricity used in your foodservice operation can go a long way in terms of cost saving and sustainability. From simple plumbing leaks to the heavy equipment used to run the operation, there are a variety of things to consider when looking to reduce utility costs. One of the main factors in energy costs can be refrigeration and freezers.
Consider the Eco-Cool refrigeration system.
Our Eco-Cool system can lower energy costs by 48 percent while simultaneously providing system redundancy. In addition, it will greatly reduce installation costs, and it has the smallest foot print in the industry allowing it to fit where larger, conventional rack systems will not.
Whether you are trying to be more environmentally conscious or improve your bottom line, the Eco-Cool system can help. Learn more about our Eco-Cool system and how much you can save by watching the Eco-Cool video below.
Watch the Eco-Cool Cost Savings Video and see how your foodservice operation will benefit in a variety of ways.