Cleanliness and safety have always been cornerstones of restaurant operations, but as we've seen over the past few years and will certainly see in the future, customers and consumers are paying closer attention to safety and sanitation practices. In today's Canadian restaurant industry, it's almost as impactful as the food.
According to Waste Reduction Week, around 58% of food produced in Canada is wasted or lost every year. This percentage equates to 35.5 million tonnes lost, which costs the Canadian economy $49 billion per year. Food waste is defined as food that is prepared, manufactured, processed, harvested, or grown for human consumption, but never eaten. Since food waste in Canada occurs at all supply chain stages in all countries around the world, it results in an overuse of natural resources, an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, and the inability to feed the hungry. This is a major problem considering one in seven Canadians suffer from food insecurity, according to Impact Canada.
The team at W.D. Colledge is well-versed on the benefits, strategies, and tactics of food storage. In fact, this is one of our prime areas of focus when it comes to helping out foodservice operators across Canada.
Being prepared for a health inspection is one of the most important things you can do to help your restaurant succeed. Since you never know when you'll be inspected, it makes sense to be ready for a potential inspection every day.
According to Food Allergy Canada, nearly three million Canadians report having at least one food allergy with most being children. In fact, as many as eight percent of all children under the age of three are impacted by food allergies.