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Bunzl Catering Supplies Sustainable Future report provides vital insight on environmental initiatives as the hospitality industry seeks a safe and sustainable reopening in the wake of Covid-19.

Wednesday September 22, 2021

This week, Bunzl Catering Supplies launches its latest Sustainable Future report (July – September), keeping the hospitality industry up to date with best practise and innovation in sustainability as the hospitality continues to adapt and reopen in the wake of Covid-19. The 12-page interim report features the most recent, significant sustainability initiatives undertaken by the business under its three sustainability pillars: people, customers and suppliers.

Under its ‘people’ pillar, the report recognises a significant move forward with electric vehicles in the business, now being offered to employees as an integral part of the Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division car fleet. In partnership with Lex Autolease, employees at Bunzl Catering Supplies can now choose a fully electric vehicle for business use, helping to reduce tailpipe CO2 emissions compared to petrol or diesel options.

Also in the people section, the business welcomes Katie Borton to the Sustainability team at Bunzl Catering Supplies in the role of Sustainability Co-ordinator. Katie comments, “Having worked closely with customers and suppliers in the hospitality industry for many years, I have seen an industry-wide recognition that, as a supply chain, we must work together to reduce our environmental impact. Moving into a sustainability role, I have the opportunity to help our customers define and realise their sustainability goals, which are now a critical part of operating for a sustainable future.”

In the ‘Customers’ section of the report, Bunzl Catering Supplies talks about its participation in the Catering Equipment Expo at London Olympia in September, featuring a stand dedicated to its market-leading Sustainable Future programme. Now in its fifth year, the Catering Equipment Expo, run as part of The Restaurant Show, is a highly successful platform for cutting-edge innovation and market insight. Justin Turquet, Head of Sustainability at Bunzl Catering Supplies, comments, “This Expo gives us a fantastic opportunity to talk directly to our customers about the environmental legislation that will impact product ranges in the near future. As part of our Sustainable Future programme, we are committed to communicating closely with our people, customers and suppliers to ensure they have the information they need to make informed decisions around the issue of sustainability.”

Bunzl Catering Supplies showcases its innovation through the supply chain in the ‘Suppliers’ section of the report.  Working with leading suppliers, and the wider supply chain, Bunzl Catering Supplies is bringing innovation in single-use food packaging to its customers in the hospitality industry. As new material and design concepts emerge, the business is working collaboratively with the supply chain to assess and review innovation, looking at practical application in a hospitality environment.  In 2021, Bunzl Catering Supplies introduced the concept of Notpla coated kraft food boxes to its customers via the Innovate brand. Notpla coating is a special lining made from seaweed, a naturally renewable resource that grows fast, is globally abundant and readily available. Home compostable in six weeks, Notpla Coating does not require specific recycling pathways or specialised industrial composting equipment to degrade.

On page 10 of the ‘Suppliers’ section, the report outlines how Bunzl Catering Supplies has utilized its global purchasing resources to deliver critical PPE to its customers throughout the pandemic, whilst maintaining the high standards demand by the Bunzl Ethical Sourcing Policy. Working closely with its dedicated Bunzl Asia office in Shanghai, the business secured essential safety products through its large network of Bunzl approved and audited suppliers, ensuring that there is a continued focus on quality, production and social accountability

Bunzl Catering Supplies is utilising its interim Sustainable Future reports to share and celebrate best practise and innovation in sustainability as it happens in the catering and hospitality industry, recognising specific industry and legislative challenges and highlighting the collaborative endeavour and achievements to overcome them. As a leading supplier of food packaging and hygiene products, Bunzl Catering Supplies is committed to making hospitality happen for a sustainable future as the industry reopens post Covid-19.  To read the Sustainability Report July-September 2021 – click here.