JA Resorts & Hotels tackles food waste

JA Resorts & Hotels tackles food waste

JA Resorts and Hotels has announced the roll-out of food wastage technology across seven hotels.

During a pilot programme in the JA Beach hotel, the hotel team have managed to reduce food waste by 81%, which is the equivalent of almost 35,000 meals in less than a year. This was achieved through a partnership with Winnow, a tech company which launched in the United Arab Emirates in 2016, specializing in food waste management.

Winnow technology helps chefs run sustainable kitchens by harnessing the power of data, through smart technology. The Winnow Waste Monitor comprises of a digital scale and a connected tablet. Using any bin, team members throw food away in the usual way. The weight is recorded automatically and then the user selects the reason and identifies the item/dish using the tablet. Winnow’s daily reporting then gives chefs control over their kitchen by pinpointing which items are being wasted.

The hotel group says the system is so effective that it has pledged to roll-out the programme in seven of its hotels across Dubai and Maldives by the end of June 2019.

Any remaining food waste is then ideally used for compost, for example in the JA The Resort Bio-Garden, where the team grow fruit, vegetables and herbs for use in the portfolio of 23 restaurants and bars.

Food waste has been on the global agenda in recent years, as it became more widely known that one third of all food produced ends up being wasted – the equivalent of 1.3 billion tonnes per year.

JA Resorts & Hotels food wastage initiative comes after another pledge to ‘drastically’ reduce plastic waste by September 2019, through the installation of new on-site water treatment, cleaning and glass bottling systems.

Ignacio Ramirez, Winnow’s managing director MENA, says:

‘We are on a mission to connect the commercial kitchen, create a movement of chefs and inspire others to see that food is too valuable to waste. It is a privilege to work with such a forward-thinking hospitality chain as JA Resorts & Hotels and help them further improve their responsible processes in their food and beverages offer.’