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Sustainable Future Q1 Interim Report 2021

Wednesday March 17, 2021

Bunzl Catering Supplies launch quarterly sustainability reports to keep hospitality industry up to date with best practise and i­nnovation post Covid-19.

As the leading supplier of food packaging and hygiene products to UK catering operators, and as part of its Sustainable Future programme, Bunzl Catering Supplies is committed to regularly communicating and educating on the pressing issue of sustainability in foodservice. Building upon multiple platforms of informative and unbiased communication tools to the catering and hospitality sector, including customer forums, market leading blogs and factsheets, Bunzl Catering Supplies is publishing a Sustainable Future report each quarter – an interim report in March, June and September, followed by an annual report in November.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought the need to work together to build a sustainable future into sharp relief. Working with our people, customers and suppliers has never been more important and our ability to work collaboratively will be a crucial part of supporting the hospitality industry as it begins to reopen to customers in April.

Keeping the hospitality industry up to date with best practise and innovation in sustainability post Covid-19, and focusing on the most significant, recent initiatives, the first of these interim reports (Sustainability Report January-March 2021) launches this week and is presented in line with the Sustainable Future pillars: our people, our customers and our suppliers.

The ‘Our People’ section sets out a 4-page feature on its ‘Fleet for the Future’ which includes the introduction of HVO renewable fuel to its London fleet of vehicles, the successful Driver Academy scheme and new additions to the Microlise transport management system. Bunzl Catering Supplies is switching vehicles at its Charlton branch to HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) fuel from Crown Oil, a second-generation fuel made from renewable, recycled material (vegetable oils and animal fats) that offers net greenhouse gas reductions of up to 90% in comparison to fossil diesel fuel.

James Matthews, Operations Director at Bunzl Catering Supplies said: “We are delighted to switch to HVO fuel to service the catering and hospitality industry in London and feel proud to be one of the first UK distributors within our sector to do so. Our sustainability strategy in operations is to reduce our environmental impact and look for new ways to improve our performance and therefore reduce our carbon footprint. We are committed to switching further vehicles in our national distribution network to HVO fuel in the future.”

In the ‘Our Customers’ section of the report, we see how Bunzl Catering Supplies is supporting the #intheloop recycling project, an initiative that has seen 2.1 million cans, plastic and glass bottles and coffee cups collected and recycled across three pilot projects to tackle on-the-go waste in Leeds, Swansea and Edinburgh, weighing approximately 44.5 tonnes – the equivalent of 20 adult rhinos.

On page 9, the report features the next-generation Sustainable Future footprint tool, updated in 2021 to provide greater product analysis at line level detail, including information on recycled material content and in-depth risk analysis by material type, the report gives contracted customers the crucial product mapping tools required to make informed decisions ahead of the UK Plastics Packaging Tax, due to be implemented in 2022.

Robin Maxwell, Sales Director at Bunzl Catering Supplies said, “As the hospitality industry faces challenging and uncertain times, we continue to lead the way with our market-leading sustainability tools and stay committed to supporting our customers on the issue of sustainability.”

Bunzl Catering Supplies’ partner supplier Faerch is featured on page 12 in the ‘Our Suppliers’ section. Faerch is the world’s only integrated tray recycler, processing trays and bottle from all over Europe. In 2020, Faerch recycled 287 million PET trays and are aiming to increase this to 100 million trays per month by the end of 2021. The average lifespan of a single-use food tray can be as little as 8 days, from the day it is produced to the day it is disposed. Our partner supplier Faerch is on a mission to change that by making food trays circular.

Clover Walton, CSR, Sustainability & External Affairs at Fearch said, “Circularity in food packaging is already a reality with Faerch, we do it every day.”

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 January-March 2021 – click here.