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Measures, Technologies and Good Practices

Do you want to know how much different measures and technological solutions would cost and how much money and resources they can save for your business? This database offers such data in a concise and comprehensive format.

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Fish manufacturer's no-waste approach

Not a single bone to waste... Food-processing company introduces ambitious zero food-waste programme in its fish production Company has also emphasised ecological packaging and managed to reduce...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Re-designed minced meat packaging brings savings

Clever packing, bigger savings Finnish meat processor innovates to save money and cut waste in packaging Easy-to-open vaccuum packs improves quality while saving on materials In 1992, the meat and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Efficient stock management and portion control reduce...

Tonnes of reasons to be efficient Restaurants achieve savings of € 30 000 annually by reconsidering portion sizes and optimising stock Measures also cut back on food waste  Two Glasgow-based...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 5 Year(s)
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Converting distillery waste into a product and energy

Waste not want not... Company reconsiders waste as a by-product to achieve huge energy savings The approach cuts waste volumes, which has positive impacts on operating expenses Diageo Ltd. is the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 40-50% 2 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Turning whisky distillery by-products into value-added...

The spirit of enterprise  Adding value to unavoidable whisky distillery by-products Opportunities identified to reduce waste and provide a business opportunity Penderyn Whisky Distillery is situated...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Adding value to surplus soft fruits on the farm

Juicy profits from waste fruit Farm converts surplus strawberries into high-value fruit syrups, transforms a loss-making resource into a  profit-making product (over € 224 100 per year) 50 % losses...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Other
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

SME drinks company identifies market for leftover fruit

Giving wonky fruit a new lease of life Options explored for reusing waste from an SME drinks company New markets identified for surplus fruit Opportunities identified for 111 tonnes of apple pomace,...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Santa Marta hotel - sustainability in combination...

Hotel's inspiring three pillars Save resources and costs for sustainable growth Respecting the environment Premium services for clients and social responsibility The managment of Inspira Santa Marta...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Surplus food from grocery stores to charities

Shared table... a shared cause  A network for collection and centralised logistics of surplus food from grocery chains helps different charities It means more reliable food waste collection through...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Supermarket reduces food waste by selection management

K's choice ​Targeted software and methods allow a Finnish grocery store to substantially reduce food waste in all departments Thousands of euros saved by reducing food waste over only a couple of...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Longer opening hours reduced food waste at Lidl Finland

​Peak planning, peak performance... Extended opening hours reduce demand fluctuations, resulting in better forecasting New system monitors demand and improves forecast-based planning and food-waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Good practice

Meant to be tasted, not wasted

Retailer reduces food loss with customers on-board Finnish grocery stores actively communicate to customers about their food waste management efforts, encouraging them to reduce household food waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost