Hello BESTers,

Ikea, purveyor of affordable, build-it-yourself furniture, is doing more than stocking dorm rooms this fall.  The company is embarking on an ambitious goal of reducing food waste generated at its cafes and restaurants that are staples at its stores.  Ikea started its food waste reduction efforts in 2015 and by May 2017, it had reduced food waste by nearly 20%.  Now it wants to reduce it by 50% by August of 2020.  To do this, the company has partnered with LeanPath to have its employees track all the food waste they dispose of - as they say in the industry, "If you can't measure it, you can't manage it."  This will allow managers to see trends in food waste and know what is being over produced and when.  On top of that, just having the employees keep track of waste will make them think about what they are wasting and how they can prevent it.  So the next time you head to Ikea and stop in for some Swedish meat (or veggie) balls, know that behind the scenes they are making an effort to keep more of those on people's plates.

Have a great weekend,



How Ikea Plans To Cut Its Food Waste In Half
Adele Peters
Fast Company
 August 14, 2017

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