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ing on food waste protocols and stress the
importance of minimizing waste to all staff.
"If one employee incorrectly disposes of
something," Hollis notes, "it may contaminate the entire batch of recyclables and
prevent recycling."
TRACK INVENTORY: White advises operators to check for quality on delivery, install a
first in-first out system and monitor expiration dates. Operators, he adds, might also
track food waste, if not with an automated
solution then at least by investigating a
metric like returned items. Some food waste
trends might underscore the need for staff
training.
SHIFT OPERATIONS: Toppers continues testing different operational tools to
minimize waste, including catch trays on the
make line to capture cheese and toppings
that fall off during production and a cup
portioning system for cheese and highercost proteins. The chain is also exploring
equipment such as sheeters, presses and
cutters that might help kitchen staff use less
product, achieve better quality and/or ensure
uniformity in portions.
THINK SMALL: While the kitchen might
prefer to produce one oversized batch of a
given item, bulk production can increase
waste. Instead, White suggests creating
small batches relative to the day's demand.
TURN EXCESS INTO OPPORTUNITY: Perhaps the restaurant ordered vegetables for a
new salad that didn't resonate with guests.
Repurpose those excess ingredients into a
daily pizza special so the veggies don't go to
waste.
AX THE DOGS: An oversized, bloated
menu requires more food to be on hand and
increases the risk of expired goods. Toppers
has addressed this by eliminating slowmoving menu items that add to complexity
and waste.
INVOLVE STAFF IN SOLUTIONS: Solicit
thoughts from staff on how the eatery can
further reduce waste.
"Sustainability requires a consistent
commitment to waste reduction from
every single member of the team," Hollis
reminds. n

DONATING UNUSED FOOD
Beyond source reduction, donating unused food to food banks, soup kitchens and
other local partners stands another viable
method of reducing kitchen waste- and one
capable of delivering additional benefits.
In 1992, Pizza Hut became the first
national restaurant company to create a
surplus food donation program. Working
with some 1,700 organizations each year,
Pizza Hut's Harvest Program has donated
more than 100 million pounds of food to
local charities over the last 27 years. In
addition to feeding millions, the Harvest
Program has also generated immeasurable
goodwill for Pizza Hut and, in some cases,
produced tax benefits for restaurants.
To donate unused food, Elytus co-founder
Matthew S. Hollis suggests pizzerias review
local ordinances and contact organizations
to ensure the restaurant can make donations "safely and correctly."

Chicago-based writer DANIEL P. SMITH has
covered business issues and best practices for
a variety of trade publications, newspapers,
and magazines.
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Pizza Today - October 2019
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Contributors
Expo Spotlight
Meet The Makers
Conversation
Man On The Street
Tony’s Trending Recipe
Knead To Know
Destinations
Background Music
Topping Trends
Dollops
Waste Management
Promoting Gift Cards
Holding Events
Independent Pizzeria Of The Year: Dante, Omaha, Ne
Product Showcase
Pizza Today Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
Reader’s Resource
Mike’s Monthly Tip
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