LeanPath Takes Aim at Kitchen Food Waste

Industry: Food and Drink

The new LeanPath 360 provides a detailed view of food waste so chefs and operators can address the issue head on.

Portland, OR (PRUnderground) October 24th, 2013

Today, on October 23, LeanPath, Inc. announced the general availability of its next-generation food waste measurement solution—the LeanPath 360 Food Waste Prevention System. This new technology builds on LeanPath’s 10 year track record helping more than 250 customers to dramatically minimize food waste and save an average of two to six percent on food purchases. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), food waste prevention represents the most preferred strategy to address food waste, ahead of diversion tactics such as recovery, energy production and composting.

“This is a major advancement in the battle to prevent food waste,” explains Andrew Shakman, LeanPath Founder and CEO. “This technology makes food waste prevention fast, easy, and consistent for both managers and front-line staff.  For the first time operators can see a remarkably detailed view of food waste and receive notification of problems immediately, allowing them to make the right moves to prevent waste. It also includes many features to engage staff in a fun and supportive way, which is essential to gaining their buy-in and help.”

“Kitchen waste happens everywhere, no matter what chefs may say about their own establishments,” comments Jonathan Bloom, food waste author and prevention advocate. “America throws away nearly half of its food. The foodservice industry plays a key role in solving this crisis, and it starts by focusing on prevention first. Measurement and insight into what is being wasted is the essential first step.”

The LeanPath 360 Food Waste Prevention System consists of the LeanPath Tracker 2.0, a fixed-location data collection platform including a scale and camera, and also LeanPath Online a Web-based analytics service. LeanPath 360 is available with an affordable monthly subscription that includes both hardware and analytics.

Among the groundbreaking features of the LeanPath Tracker 2.0 is an integrated camera, which captures a photo of every food waste item. Based on the premise that a picture is worth a thousand words, this enables managers and chefs to literally see everything headed for the trash or compost bin to better assess re-use opportunities and prevention strategies. The LeanPath 360 System also features built-in “gamification” to engage front-line employees and reinforce the importance of waste measurement in the quest for waste prevention. Similar to a slot machine, the Tracker 2.0 randomly awards “instant winners” among participating staff.

“We know from our years of experience tackling this issue that stopping food waste begins with focusing on the culture of a foodservice operation,” says Shakman. “Everyone plays a part in the solution while, at the same time, drawing satisfaction by making a difference.”


About LeanPath

LeanPath, Inc. provides food waste prevention systems which enable foodservice professionals to dramatically reduce food waste, lower food costs, and operate more sustainable facilities. Clients include Cal Dining at the University of California, Berkeley, the MGM Grand Las Vegas and Sodexo North America. For more information, visit www.leanpath.com.

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