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Initiative aims to support hospitality businesses to cut costs as lockdown lifts

Zero Waste Scotland announces its ‘Hospitality Secret Weapon Series’ aimed at supporting Scottish hospitality businesses to cut costs as Coronavirus lockdown measures start to ease.

17 Jun 20

With £215 million worth of food being wasted in the Scottish hospitality sector every year, the initiative aims to help businesses make efficiencies through a robust and achievable approach to reducing food waste.

  • Zero Waste Scotland launches ‘Hospitality Secret Weapon Series’ aimed at supporting businesses to resume service post-lockdown
  • The first webinar will focus on cutting costs by reducing food waste as stats show Scotland’s hospitality sector wastes £215 million worth of food every year
  • Free to sign up, the series features insight and guidance from industry experts including MasterChef: The Professionals winner, Gary Maclean and Contini Restaurants restaurateur and cook, Carina Contini.

Gerry Boyle, Hospitality Sector Manager at Zero Waste Scotland with 15+ years of industry experience will host the series. He commented: “After four months of suspended or reduced trading, many hospitality professionals will now be assessing how they can run safely and cost efficiently.

“With food at the heart of the hospitality industry, food waste reduction presents an immediate and measurable, positive impact to businesses’ bottom line.

“Our new webinar series aims to support businesses as they navigate the new world with actionable guidance on how to build a food waste reduction strategy.”

Joining Gerry Boyle will be expert guest speakers, MasterChef: The Professionals winner, Gary Maclean, and restaurateur and cook, Carina Contini; who will both share relevant insights in the current climate.

A 15-minute Q&A at the end of the session will create an opportunity for attendees to ask our expert panel for advice on food waste in relation to their business or workplace. 

The first webinar - Cut Costs By Cutting Food Waste - in the two-part series will take place on 30th June and will cover:

  • The ‘real’ hidden cost of food waste to Scottish hospitality businesses
  • How to create a food waste reduction strategy
  • Real-life examples of Scottish businesses and the savings generated through food waste reduction
  • Access to free-to-use tools to help create a food waste reduction strategy

Aimed at food service managers and business owners, chefs, catering and serving staff, places for the free webinar series are now available to book on Eventbrite:


Notes For Editors

Zero Waste Scotland exists to lead Scotland to use products and resources responsibly, focusing on where we can have the greatest impact on climate change.  

Using evidence and insight, our goal is to inform policy, and motivate individuals and businesses to embrace the environmental, economic, and social benefits of a circular economy.  

We are a not-for-profit environmental organisation, funded by the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund.

More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/. You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn

The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit our website or follow @scotgovESIF.



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