There is an increased quantity of waste foods in the hospitality industry. The trend is in tandem with the growing trend where many people prefer the fast foods to the fresh food supply. The countries that are having a high rate of food wastages tend to import most of their food. Notable countries are the United States of America, the United Arab Emirates and the countries within the European Union. Over the past two decades, the quantities of food wastages have increased a hundred fold. According to statistics, the quantity of food wastages has increased from 10,000 tons in 1999 to 3.27 million tons in 2016. Consumers are the trendsetters in the increasing rates of food wastages in the service industry. Industries in the service industry tend to conform to the demands and the purchase trends of the customers. Lessening the quantity of food that is wasted annually in the world must take into consideration the consumer demand. Consumer demand is currently responsible for the increase in the food wastages in the world. Media is also responsible for the growth in the food wastages. The adverts for the fast foods to cater for the nutritional needs of the working have led to the increased sales of junk foods. Junk foods are responsible for the food wastages as some people do not finish their foods and some are quickly spoiled leading to the increased trends of food wastages that are realized. The increase in the consumer demand is evident through the ordering of foods and the importation of foods from the countries that have relatively small food production such as the United Arab Emirates. The customers themselves are the trendsetters for the increase in the food wastages that are realized in many parts of the world. The business, small, medium, and big, is reacting to the demands of the customers.
Reduction of Waste in the Service Industry
There is a growing concern in the world over the increased quantity of food wastes that result from the service industry. The hospitality sector of the service sector is responsible for the increased quantities of food wastes that are realized in the world. According to statistics, there are approximately 10000 tons annually (PR Newswire 1). The increment in the food wastes is mainly attributed to the increase due to tourism activities in many parts of the world. The influx of the tourists is widely responsible for the growth in the food waste activities. The external factor that has further led to the development of the trend is the increased preference for the fast foods by the global population. Over the past decade, there has been an increase in the quantity of food that is wasted annually. According to the United Nations, approximately one-third of the food that is produced in the world is lost information from the United Arab Emirates further affirm that about 3.27 million tons of the foods that are imported into the country are wasted each year (John 1). Therefore, there is need to develop a strategy that can be employed to reduces the wastages of food within the service industry.
According to a study pioneered by Tokareva within the European Union, the kg of food wastes per capita in Cyprus, Netherlands, Estonia, Belgium, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Slovenia, Malta, France and Luxemburg is 327, 541, 265, 345, 119, 110, 76, 72, 76, 136 and 175 respectively (114). The information is summarized in the table below.
The comparative data indicating the trends in the food wastages in 1998-1999 and the data available for 2017 suggest that the food wastage was 10,000 metric tons and 3.27 million tons annually in the world (O’Sullivan 48). Therefore, there has been exponential growth in the wasted foods annually in the two countries. The pie chart below indicates the increase in the food wastages over the past two decades.
According to the data presented in the table above, the proportion of food wastages over the past two decades has increased a hundred fold, thus, indicating an exponential increase in the food wastages in the world. The continuous increase in the food wastages in the world has been led to the reaction of the governments and private companies to respond to the trends. The need to install technologies that facilitate food preservation during transportation process is the primary source of a campaign that is targeted at limiting the quality of foods that wasted annually. The major factors that work against the trend to minimize the quantity of foods that are consumed annually are the need to change the customers’ demands for the fast foods and the increase in the cost that is incurred in purchasing food when food preservation technologies are installed. Currently, the trend in the food wastages is part of our lives. Large companies are likely to stick to it owing to the interest and profits that they earn from it. The production of food junk such as Diet Coke further affirms the decision by the big companies to stock to the trend.
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