Archive for sustainability SmartBlogs

So you want to start recycling, but you don’t have a clue how to start.

Earlier, we suggested recycling your back-of-the-house cardboard as an easy first step. If you’re ready to take it further, consider the five steps outlined in a new Foodservice Packaging Recovery Toolkit from the Foodservice Packaging Institute and the National Restaurant Association.[…] Continue Reading »

California Pizza Kitchen celebrated 30 years in the restaurant business last March, and the brand rolled out the Next Chapter Initiative as a roadmap to its future. SmartBrief interviewed Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Brand Officer Natalia Franco on how the brand is innovating with an eye toward the future and what she’s learned as a leader in the food and beverage industry.[…] Continue Reading »

Each year, the Conserve team develops sustainability education sessions for the NRA Show in Chicago, where approximately 63,000 foodservice professionals meet to talk business.

To help them better understand the industry landscape, we search for interesting topics that engage and educate. This year, one of those is the sourcing of sustainable and locally produced beef.

It’s a topic that’s extremely popular with both chefs and consumers.[…] Continue Reading »

If you’re getting ready to clean your kitchen, you’re probably ready to break out the bottle of brightly covered liquid stored in the utility area.

Do you ever wonder exactly what’s in that bottle? If it’s an eco-friendly cleaner, the package, which usually has a bunch of logos on it and friendly looking bunnies and leaves, typically claims: “This cleaner is greener, safer for the environment, or is concentrated to use less packaging.” It’s an example of what is called “environmentally responsible chemistry,” but what does that mean anyway?[…] Continue Reading »

As political pundits hit the airwaves to tout their latest and greatest campaign hits, it’s inevitable that Americans will hear the term “values” bandied about incessantly. Politics aside, however, this v-card is weaving a deeper influence over the way Americans think, feel, and yes, purchase.

Forty-two percent of Americans say they would pay more for products from companies with a solid track record of positive social and environmental impact, a 2014 Nielsen study showed.[…] Continue Reading »