Industry discussion forum EventHuddle has found an overwhelming 95% of event professionals it polled recognise that the food waste produced by the events industry is a ‘big’ issue.
But, when those polled were asked: ‘Have you ever created a food salvage/redistribution plan for an event?’ 83% admitted never having done so.
EventHuddle CEO, Kirk Thomas said the poll was undertaken among those signing up for the 17 March Eventhuddle on the topic.
“It is very clear from these heavily weighted results that eventprofs recognise the issue of food waste is big, but for some reason they are not creating plans to deal with the excess food left over after their events. Clearly most people care. So maybe there is some disconnect on who is actually accountable for it…Is there an expectation that the venue or catering team are taking care of it on our behalves, so we needn’t worry?”
Patch Media’s Jackson Clark added: “There is a perception that dealing with food waste is hampered by bureaucratic red tape, is this the case? It would be great to see our associations and leadership institutes shining a light on this important matter.”
EventHuddle – ‘Event food wastage, who is accountable? And how do we reduce it?’ Takes place at 1 Wimpole street, London on 17 March. Panelists for the event, include: Mark Dodds, marketing manager at Roythorne Solicitors; Samantha Wilson, director of EcoEvents and Jordon Lazell, research assistant at the Centre for Business in Society, Coventry University.
You can register to attend the event via www.eventhuddle.co.uk