Every year on Earth, people waste 1.3 billion tons of food, which is responsible for releasing 3.3 gigatons of greenhouse gases per year. According to FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, this is not only a major economic loss, but also “a serious detriment to the natural resources humanity depends on for nourishment.” In addition, the more food that’s wasted, the bigger the environmental impact.
For these reasons, Pacini is battling food waste in restaurants, encouraging customers to eat according to their actual appetites and taking the leftovers home for another meal (Pacini provides its customers with recyclable bags and boxes), saving them time and money. What’s more, Pacini recycles bread for croutons, preserves its lettuce longer in special packaging, and maximizes the use of each product in recipes to avoid losses. Lastly, in order to reduce the use of plastic and limit its presence in our environment, Pacini has been serving free filtered water in reusable glass bottles for more than 15 years. Inspired by a common practice in restaurants in Italy, Pacini has developed a system of bottling water in all its restaurants.
In a recent interview on Radio Canada, Pacini highlighted the fact that the food waste in restaurant kitchens is negligible because there are few transformation options. It’s table scraps that cause the biggest food loss even though only 10% of customers do not finish their meals. Pacini believes that these leftovers should have a second life, rather than end up in the garbage. Over the next few months, Geneviève Nadeau, nutritionist and Director of Food and Nutrition at Pacini, will share recipes that can be made with leftovers.
By making a concrete commitment to supporting the anti-food-waste movement, Pacini is fulfilling its mission to contribute to the happiness and well-being of customers and communities, as well as its employees and suppliers. This is yet another demonstration of Pacini’s love of food, people, and the planet.
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Restaurants Pacini : Andréanne Charbonneau, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Restaurants Pacini Inc.Tel.: 450 444-4749