Angel Hill and Academy, global FM provider Atalian Servest’s catering divisions, have saved 227,366 kilos – that’s the equivalent of fifteen London buses – of ‘ugly veg’ from going to waste in the last 18 months. The firm’s ‘ugly veg’ campaign has made use of more than 77,000 items of fruit and veg, saving ‘ugly’ peppers, white cabbage, carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, onions, oranges, apples that would otherwise have been discarded or sold for a poor price.
Angel Hill and Academy ramped up sustainability measures and now only purchase fruit and vegetables that are deemed ‘ugly’ or ‘wonky’ wherever possible. The contract caterers made the switch in the autumn of 2019, as a means of tackling the vast global issue of food waste in line with the company’s increasing focus on CSR. Their prerogative is to support UK farmers, helping them achieve a fair price and route to market for their yield. On average, farmers struggle to sell 16% of their annual crop yield for purely aesthetic reasons. In the UK, 70 per cent of the total food wasted is edible.
Over the last 18 months Angel Hill and Academy have worked closely with their quality fresh produce providers to expand the variety of ‘ugly veg’ and adapt their menus to introduce even more seasonal lines. A fully comprehensive recipe portfolio is being developed for all sites which utilises each month’s seasonal ‘ugly’ produce. Dishes will include soups, meat, vegetarian and vegan main courses, desserts and home bakes. Seasonal produce is front and centre of Angel Hill and Academy’s food concepts and initiatives.
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