Event catering company Amadeus has reduced the amount of food waste it produces, in a bid to make the company more sustainable.
After partnering with food donation scheme OLIO in July, the in-house caterer for the NEC has saved more than 614,000 litres of water.
OLIO ensures that uneaten pre-packaged food like sushi boxes, sandwiches and salads from NEC halls are collected and then distributed to those in the local community.
Through the partnership, Amadeus were able to redistribute over 4,100 portions of surplus food to the community, in addition to averting 3.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Amadeus currently has seven OLIO ‘Food Waste Heroes’ at the venue, who have aided 122 members of the local community with donations.
Delia Gadea, OLIO food waste heroes account manager, added: “It has been fantastic to see that our partnership with Amadeus and the NEC Group has been so successful and it’s testament to their level of commitment.
“They have ensured that food is easily accessible to the OLIO Food Waste Heroes volunteers, who collect and then distribute the surplus food in their local communities via the OLIO app. The local community is notified that food items are available on our app and are able to request the food, then visiting the volunteer’s house to pick up the food.
“Our main drive is to save good food from going to waste and we know that at the same time we are helping to bring communities together and support struggling families to put food on the table.”
OLIO is not the only part of Amadeus’ sustainable efforts; 98% of its disposable packaging spend is on sustainable products, whether they are recyclable, biodegradable or compostable.
Food and beverage director, Marc Frankl, said: “We are thrilled to see how our partnership with OLIO has flourished over the first four months.
“Our partnership doesn’t just mean that food waste is reduced across our venues, it’s the impact it has on the local community which is so important to us. At Amadeus we always aim to uphold these values, supporting local communities. We pride ourselves on the statistic that 80% of our suppliers are found within a 30-mile radius.
“Credit must go to our staff who have really embraced this partnership and we can’t wait to see how it develops moving forward.”
The partnership is part of NEC Sustain – the venue’s sustainability programme. The NEC Group has been working with its arenas, exhibitions, events partners and customers to try to improve sustainability. So far, 927 million litres of waterhas been saved in the ten years since NEC Sustain began.
The venue has just this week launched ‘Prevent’, the latest campaign for the programme that focuses on how waste management supports the development of greener events.
OLIO will also feature in the December issue of EN magazine. To register for a free copy, click here.