Dear All, I am looking for some steps for reduction in food wasatge in canteen for automotive industry. Your kind suggestion are appreciated. Thanks Tanu
22nd June 2011 From India, Gurgaon

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Dear Tannu,
below are few suggestion which you can apply to reduce food wastage:
1.Interoduce buffet system so emloyee will take as per their requirement.
2. Reduce the qty of first serving. if require employee can ask for next serving according their requirement.
3. Reduce the no.of additional dishes like papad,salad,pickle etc.
4. Redesign the diet as per observation upon wastage.
22nd June 2011 From India, Pune
Dear Tanu,

I hope you have not gone through my post on the food wastage. Anyhow i am enumerating the same and you will be able to do it by yourself by motivating or doing the same as below internally in your co.

Money is yours but resources belong to the society

Germany is a highly industrialised country. It produces top brands like Benz, BMW, Siemens etc. The nuclear reactor pump is made in a small town in this country. In such a country, many will think its people lead a luxurious life. At least that was my impression before my study trip. When I arrived at Hamburg, my colleagues who work in Hamburg arranged a welcome party for me in a restaurant. As we walked into the restaurant, we noticed that a lot of tables were empty. There was a table where a young couple was having their meal. There were only two dishes and two cans of beer on the table. I wondered if such simple meal could be romantic, and whether the girl will leave this stingy guy. There were a few old ladies on another table. When a dish is served, the waiter would distribute the food for them, and they would finish every bit of the food on their plates. We did not pay much attention to them, as we were looking forward to the dishes we ordered. As we were hungry, our local colleague ordered more food for us. As the restaurant was quiet, the food came quite fast. Since there were other activities arranged for us, we did not spend much time dining. When we left, there was still about one third of unconsumed food on the table. When we were leaving the restaurant, we heard someone calling us. We noticed the old ladies in the restaurant were talking about us to the restaurant owner. When they spoke to us in English, we understood that they were unhappy about us wasting so much food. We immediately felt that they were really being too busybody. "We paid for our food, it is none of your business how much food we left behind," my colleague Gui told the old ladies. The old ladies were furious. One of them immediately took her hand phone out and made a call to someone. After a while, a man in uniform claimed to be an officer from the Social Security organisation arrived. Upon knowing what the dispute was, he issued us a 50 Mark fine. We all kept quiet. The local colleague took out a 50 Mark note and repeatedly apologized to the officer. The officer told us in a stern voice, "ORDER WHAT YOU CAN CONSUME, MONEY IS YOURS BUT RESOURCES BELONG TO THE SOCIETY. THERE ARE MANY OTHERS IN THE WORLD WHO ARE FACING SHORTAGE OF RESOURCES. YOU HAVE NO REASON TOWASTE RESOURCES.” Our face turned red. We all agreed with him in our hearts. The mindset of people of this rich country put all of us to shame. WE REALLY NEED TO REFLECT ON THIS. We are from country which is not very rich in resources. To save face, we order large quantity and also waste food when we give others a treat. THIS LESSON TAUGHT US A LESSON TO THINK SERIOUSLY ABOUT CHANGING OUR BAD HABITS. My colleague photostatted the fine ticket and gave a copy to each of us as a souvenir. All of us kept it and pasted on our wall to remind us that we shall never be wasteful.

Don't you people feel that we need this kind of law in our country????????/

Let us all speak and take this to the knowledge of policy makers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


God bless all
22nd June 2011 From India, Secunderabad
Dear Giridhar,
thanks for sharing experiance.
@ tannu- 1.you can also paste postage & qoutation about food wastage.
2.Charge fine but it would not effective i think.
3.You can also have tie up with social groups(i think its no. is 1098 , m not sure abt no.) to take unused fresh food, they disribute it to needy people. it could b useful in social branding of your company.
22nd June 2011 From India, Pune
By and large, human beings by their very nature will only do something under 2 circumstances:

1. If their safety or survival depends upon it; and
2. If they believe their actions or omissions will attract a penalty which will be enforced and cause them embarassment.

However, in India, we have added a third item to this list:

3. We take pride in doing what we know is not correct, breaks the rules, is against the norms of civil society etc...

Your problem is not merely confined to wasting food in the canteen. It shows itself everyday on the roads, outside our houses, in movie halls, food courts, malls etc... We blatantly break every rule that we shouldn't. And, when called to account for our behaviour, we either grin stupidly, or, display our 'connections' with the eternal - 'Don't You Know Who I Am?'

Why do I write this? Because the people you refer to are the same as you and me. They are no different. So, what works for you and me will also work for them.

The German story left me absolutely stunned. And, I've lived in Australia for 17 years - a country with probably the highest standard of living globally. Yet, even there I never witnessed that mind-set.

My suggestion is to hit your people where it hurts them the most - their hip pocket.

While its okay to proclaim penalties, fines and the like. But, their problem is that they are 'after the event' solutions and more often than not, result in never ending arguments and some idiot flagrantly displaying his chest accompanied with loud fist thumping. All this in front of some poor attendant who's working for 5 to 6 thousand rupees per month and simply doesn't have the time, inclination, or the appetite to engage the chest pusher and fist thumper. Thats why most penalties are rarely realised.

Instead, introduce a cost per meal with an additional surcharge for wastage. Charge it all up front before the first morsel has even been served. Make it non-negotiable and declare that the surcharge will remain in place until wastage has been completely eradicated. No doubt you'll have a fight on your hands. However, what you will also have is people who are paying for their meals. And, we all know that we don't like wasting what we pay for - at least in the majority of instances.
22nd June 2011 From India, Gurgaon
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