Around 88 million tons of food are wasted annually in the EU, with associated costs estimated at 143 billion euros. In fact, more than one third of the world’s food production ends up as waste.
For a while now we have noticed that the nature of restaurants that serve all you can eat buffet have significantly more food waste in comparison to a la carte restaurants. At Sushi La we are looking at figures at about 30kg per day – 10 tons per year per restaurant – which is equal to 60 or more people having a proper meal in a day.
For the past few months we have been working relentlessly to upgrade our buffet in a variety of ways – new recipes, flavors, presentations and even deserts – and it just doesn’t feel right to see all that food and the efforts to prepare it go to waste. It is a real problem. Not just about the food that is wasted. It is also about the effort and costs involved in disposing this waste as well as the environmental impact when you look at it collectively! And is it worth the extra roll or extra dumpling on your plate? We don’t think so.
In the next few months we will be implementing our new ‘More Buffet Less Waste’ policy. Through this awareness of the bigger impact the buffet waste has, we want to encourage our customers to eat as much as they like but in a way that it will not enforce food waste.
What this means is that coming August 1st we will be adding a 2.50 euro surcharge on each plate with an unreasonable amount of waste – basically, if you’ve left a buffet plate with approximately a third of it filled with food ready to be thrown away, you are eligible for this. The idea is not be making more money seeing as you are still able to refill your plates as many times as you like, but rather this time with just enough as your going to eat. Just this small change in attitude towards our delicious buffet will trickle down into the actual buffet itself, as it also makes sure that the buffet is refilled with better timing, and therefore will always be full and fresh for you to enjoy!
Let’s start reducing our waste collectively. Small steps for a big change.