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12 sustainability tips that don't cost the earth

Sustainability is becoming more than a moral decision. It’s becoming a business decision.


But it can also be empowering and lead to a better product. Here are some ideas to help you make your food stall more sustainable.

1. Control your portion sizes.

Food left on the plate often goes to landfill and generates methane as it decomposes (which is 20 times worse for the environment than CO2). Simple solution? Smaller portions.

2. Use seasonal produce.

Seasonal produce is cheaper than out-of-season ingredients, tastes better and fresher and is good for the environment. Win win win.

3. Source sustainably and ethically.

Red tractor meat

Check the MSC website or the Greenpeace Seafood Red List for details of fish under threat, then avoid! Look for Red Tractor signs to show that meat has lived under minimum welfare conditions and source locally produced fruit and veg to support your local independent economy.

4. Work leftovers into your menu!

Whether it’s using discarded vegetable ends for stock, surplus meat for stews or vegetables for pickling, reusing leftovers is a money saver and waste-reducer.

5. Use ugly veg and less popular cuts.

Ugly vegetables and fruit

Get to know your suppliers so that, with their help, you can work out the best way to use their produce. Do they have any less popular cuts of meat or ugly vegetables? You can often get high quality flavours at a fraction of the price by accepting less than perfect looks. Plus you’ll be doing the producer a favour!

6. Get composting.

Did you know that by composting unusable food waste you can capture the methane by-product and turn it into fuel?! Ask your local composter if they’ll accept your biodegradable packaging with your waste food and be prepared to provide your own composting bin at markets where the organisers aren’t able to do so.

7. Use the “Just in Time” method.

The Just in Time production method enables you to cut down on waste by using equipment or delivering materials exactly when they are needed. One NCASS member managed to cut their LPG costs by 60% at Glastonbury just by strictly managing when different burners were on and the temperature that each was set to!

8. Turn your waste oil into fuel.

Cooking oil

These days there are lots of biofuel producers who will work with you to turn your waste oil into fuel to power buses, generators and much more.

9. Donate unusable food waste.

Can you use a food waste redistribution service to donate ingredients that would otherwise go to landfill post-market? Try Eighth Plate, FareShare or The Real Junk Food Project.

10. Get your appliances serviced regularly.

How else will you make sure they’re working at optimum efficiency? Be ready to replace inefficient equipment too.

11. Sign up to Takestock.com.

It’s the eBay for unwanted food stock. If you’ve got more stock than you can use, simply auction it before it goes off. Here's where you can sign up.


Takestock.com

12. Inspire your staff.

Make sure they understand the importance of your sustainable practices and set the standards you expect whether you’re there or not.



When it comes to putting changes like these into practice, incremental adjustment is best. Running a sustainable business means that you’ll constantly be looking at your methods and trying to find ways to make them more efficient, improve them or even cut them out altogether.


What suits one business might not necessarily suit yours, so make sure you only make changes where possible and practical. Just don’t forget to tell customers, organisers, bloggers (anyone really!) what you’re doing. These days, people like this stuff!


For more help, take the NCASS sustainability crash course, available at www.ncasstraining.co.uk and half price for NCASS members. Further great sources of information on sustainability in catering and events are A Greener Festival, Julie’s Bicycle, The Sustainable Restaurant Association, Kambe Events and Sustain: The Good Food Guide for Festival and Street Food Caterers.




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The nations favourite food has been chosen…and some results are hard to swallow

by Sophie Haigh | Read time: 3 minutes | Jun 17, 2019

Britons have taken to social media to debate the results of a YouGov survey, which saw Yorkshire pudding and fish and chips top the charts of a ‘favourite British cuisine’ poll after receiving over 80% of the votes. Scotch eggs and black pudding meanwhile sat at the bottom of the table.

The survey, carried out in a bid to prove that Brits are still very much in love with their national cuisine, revealed that 91% of Britons enjoy the traditional grub of their homeland, despite the criticism that our beige concoction of national dishes often receive from our neighbours over on the continent.

The full English, bacon sarnie, and most surprisingly, crumpet, were positioned in the ‘God Tier,’ receiving the highest accolade that one could bestow on a dish. In addition, winter warmers including bangers and mash, cottage pie and shepherd’s pie sat comfortably in the Top Tier category with 70-79% of the votes.

Controversially, haggis and black pudding feature in the ‘Crap Tier,’ with under 50% of the votes – a surprising verdict given how tasty these culinary delights are!

Jellied Eeels on the other hand, a staple food of East London was only enjoyed by a mere 6% of those surveyed, a result that American actor, Will Smith, will welcome after begrudgingly sampling the British delicacy earlier in the year in an episode of ‘Snack Wars.’

The results also found that men are significantly more likely than women to enjoy steak and kidney pudding (63% versus 47%), black pudding (56% versus 62%) and steak and kidney pie (58% versus 40%). Women however specified a higher appreciation of Sunday dinner staple cauliflower cheese (76% versus 62%).

Unsurprisingly, scones and Victoria sponge made the ‘God Tier’ in the sweet options, with hot cross buns, sticky toffee pudding, Eton mess and Bakewell tart hitting the top tier. Another blow was delivered to the Scots following the haggis debacle as deep-fried Mars bars were rated the lowest of the low in the puddings category.

Despite the heated discussions that have been had online surrounding the league table, it’s positive to learn that there is still a big market for British home comforts. We’ve witnessed firsthand the surge in popularity that the food of Blighty has enjoyed over the past few years, with classics such as the chip butty, cheese on toast, fish and chips, beef brisket and sandwiches undergoing successful reinventions by caterers adamant on reigniting a passion for the food so many of us grew up with in Britain. Happily for us, British food is back in business and here to stay!

If you’re thinking of setting up in the street food business and want more advice on which cuisine to serve, the NCASS team are on hand to help. For more information, call our friendly team on 0121 603 2524.




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You can also share this link to customers and get them to leave you reviews and impress future customers and organisers! There's plenty of other reasons to become a member which you can find here, but we want you to know we've got your back when it comes to marketing too!


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