IKEA aims to halve food waste at its restaurants by mid-2020
Daily food waste at each of the Swedish company's nearly 400 in-store self-service outlets averages some 300 kilograms. Restaurant and grocery chains are under growing pressure to reduce food waste and with around 650 million restaurant visitors last year, IKEA has been binning some 43,000 tonnes of food annually. IKEA said a scheme launched in December at 84 of its restaurants which measured what was thrown away, and at what time of the day and week, had resulted in 79 tonnes less food waste as the amounts it cooked were better tailored to demand. "Based on an average dish price of 5 euros we have avoided throwing 880,000 euros in the bin," Ylva Magnusson, a spokeswoman for IKEA Food Services, said of the initiative, which will now be rolled out across all markets.