Bidvest Foodservice has strengthened its commitment to creating positive environmental and social impacts by participating in World Environment Day 2015.
Teams from ten Bidvest Foodservice locations across England and Scotland joined forces to mark the annual event with a series of events designed to cut food waste and promote positive environmental action.
World Environment Day was celebrated on 5 June 2015 and is the United Nations’ principle day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Since its launch in 2000, the day has grown to become a global success celebrated in over 100 countries.
The theme of this year’s WED was “Seven billion dreams. One planet. Consume with care.” In line with this, Bidvest Foodservice employees came up with innovative ways to reduce avoidable food waste and mark the occasion.
Highlights included a takeaway meal service devised by the team at the Nottingham depot. Supported by customer and catering service provider, Dine Catering, this enabled staff to take hot and cold meals home from the on-site canteen – helping employees to shrink their carbon footprint by reducing the number of trips to the supermarket and the amount of food they throw away.
To educate depot staff about how to cut avoidable food waste, the team from the Scarisbrook depot in Lancashire produced an A-Z of food storage packed with tips and advice, and employees at the Paddock Wood depot in Kent donated food items to a hamper, which was given to the English Churches Housing Group (ECHG), which provides support for homeless people and those on low income.
Shirley Duncalf, head of sustainability at Bidvest Foodservice:
“Sustainability is firmly embedded in our business and encouraging our depots and offices to get involved in World Environment Day is part of this.
“Through their initiatives, our teams have made great strides in boosting understanding and awareness of food waste within the business and local communities and I’ve been thrilled by the high level of engagement.”
The celebrations come shortly after Bidvest Foodservice was named the first foodservice provider to obtain The Planet Mark for Business certification. The accolade demonstrates the company’s dedication to continual improvement in environmental and social responsibility.
This includes the ongoing investment in infrastructure and boosting the green credentials of its depots. It is achieving this through solutions such as rooftop solar panels which deliver electricity to the depot and back to the grid, motion sensor lighting to save electricity, highly efficient cooling systems and fast close warehouse doors to maintain temperature control.
Bidvest Foodservice is also expanding its fleet of highly efficient Euro 6 delivery vehicles, which have increased capacity and better fuel efficiency, and phasing out its vehicles that achieve less than Euro 4 emissions standards. This will make delivery journeys more efficient and cut the amount of pollutants emitted from trucks.