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Embracing Sustainability

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Sustainability is something that consumers and businesses alike are getting behind. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) reports that, in 2019, foodservice is embracing “a more eco-friendly perspective.” It’s an approach that aids the planet, provides competitive differentiation and can bolster the bottom line.

5 Top Sustainability Moves

  • Use more, waste less

    Zero-waste cooking ranked third overall and second in the culinary-concepts category of the NRA’s What’s Hot 2019 Culinary Forecast. Nose-to-tail and root-to-stem cooking, as well as cross-utilization can reduce waste, inventory needs and food costs.

  • Consider the Source

    Consumer interest in local and sustainably sourced food is on the rise and operators are seeking new options. To satisfy this demand, Shamrock Foods offers a broad selection of top-quality, local and sustainable products through our exclusively branded portfolio. Because local products are integral to today’s concepts and menus, sustainable sourcing is at the root of our branded offering and operators can expect goods sourced to follow the most rigorous of quality guidelines.

  • Make Scraps Delectable

    Flavor and a great experience remain the primary drivers of restaurant visits and, ultimately, guest satisfaction. Savvy operators are aligning that dynamic with their sustainability efforts. Chefs are using trimmings, damaged produce and leftover food to craft delicious and unexpected specials. For example, try using kitchen scraps to produce hummus. Other examples include blending coffee grounds into ice cream, grinding broccoli stems for veggie tots and tossing cabbage ends into stir-frys.

  • Rethink How you Serve

    Increasingly, caterers are embracing approaches that reduce waste. Options such as paper straws, compostable takeout containers, plant-based utensils and attractive beverage dispensers – as well as Energy Star and Green Seal certified products like LED lights – serve customers sustainably.

  • Tell Your Story

    Operators are spreading the word about their sustainability efforts. This can attract new customers, reassure existing ones and help promote sustainability overall. The bottom line? Make sure your diners understand what you are doing: where your ingredients are grown, what food safety practices are in place and how you are saving water, electricity and more.

Ask your Shamrock Foods Business Solutions Team for strategies that give you a competitive edge. Find even more information at and follow us on Facebook and Instagram: @shamrockfoods.

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