The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and its in-house caterer Amadeus have posted their best food waste figures to date with the help of food redistribution scheme OLIO.
After partnering with food donation scheme OLIO in July, Amadeus has saved more than 614,000 litres of water at the NEC, which is enough to fill more than 7,600 baths or 2.7million cups of coffee.
Research also found that 4,110 portions of surplus food has been redistributed in the community, while 3.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions have been averted through the partnership.
The food redistribution service ensures that surplus pre-packaged food such as sandwiches, salads and sushi boxes from NEC halls are distributed to those in the local community.
Marc Frankl, Food and Beverage Director, said: “We are thrilled to see how our partnership with OLIO has flourished over the first four months.
“Our partnership doesn’t just mean that food waste is reduced across our venues, it’s the impact it has on the local community which is so important to us. At Amadeus we always aim to uphold these values, supporting local communities. We pride ourselves on the statistic that 80 per cent of our suppliers found within a 30-mile radius.”
The partnership is part of NEC Sustain – the venue’s all-encompassing sustainability programme. Hosting thousands of events in its venues each year, the NEC Group has been working hard to improve its sustainability footprint, working with its arenas, exhibitions, events partners and customers. A massive 927 million litres of water has been saved in the 10 years of NEC Sustain.
The venue has just this week launched ‘Prevent’, the latest campaign for the programme that focusses on how waste management supports the development of greener events.
In-house caterer Amadeus currently boasts seven OLIO ‘Food Waste Heroes’ at the venue, who have helped 122 members of the local community with donations.
OLIO is just one part of Amadeus’ sustainable solutions. Ninety-eight per cent of its disposable packaging spend is on sustainable products – be that recyclable, biodegradable or compostable.