New Strategic Partnerships Announced to Save the Food in San Diego County
Over 500,000 tons of food get wasted in San Diego County every year, while at the same time over 500,000 residents face food insecurity. Smart Kitchens San Diego (SKSD), a “Save The Food San Diego” initiative spearheaded by the San Diego Food System Alliance, is here to change that.
Fifteen of San Diego County’s largest hotels, hospitals, and universities will be participating in SKSD, which provides sites with Leanpath food waste tracking technology and connects them with local nonprofit recipients for food donation. Thanks to grant funding from the CA Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) through California Climate Investments, the program is designed to reduce our carbon footprint by redistributing food that would otherwise end up in our landfill.
Aligning with Hyatt’s corporate environmental sustainability goals to increase waste diversion and reduce food waste, the Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad was one of the first to take advantage of this program. Marié Fukudome, Hyatt’s Director of Environmental Affairs, explains that “At Hyatt, we recognize that food waste is an important environmental and social issue and we are committed to doing our part to conserve natural resources. We have been testing various strategies for reducing food waste across our hotels, and we are excited to see what learnings will come from the Smart Kitchens San Diego program.”
Beyond preventing food waste and supporting the local community through food donation, the program has the potential to help businesses improve cost efficiency as well. Armed with Leanpath’s automated food waste tracking technology, chefs analyze data to identify top wasted items and strategies for cutting back. On average, Leanpath clients see a 50% reduction in overall food waste and a 2-8% reduction in food purchases.
“We value the ingredients we cook with and have the highest respect for the people who produce them – this is the foundation of good cuisine,” said Pierre Albaladejo, Executive Chef at Park Hyatt Aviara. “Creative energy shouldn’t only go toward finding out how we can use 100% of any product; we also ensure all the rest of the food we can’t use or don’t have control over doesn’t end up in the trash.”
Food donations from the hotel will go to local partner, The Foundry Food Pantry, to help nourish the growing number of children, families, and individuals facing food insecurity in the region. Smart Kitchens San Diego aligns environmental and social impact with a ripe business opportunity to save money and optimize efficiency, providing a win-win solution to Save the Food.
The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.
About the San Diego Food System Alliance
San Diego Food System Alliance is a collaborative of nonprofits, food businesses, government entities, farmers, fishermen, and community members committed to developing and maintaining an equitable, healthy, and sustainable food system for San Diego County. To learn more, visit San Diego Food System Alliance on our website, www.sdfsa.org, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and iTunes.
About Park Hyatt Aviara
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa is a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond luxury destination located in the seaside community of Carlsbad, close to San Diego’s vibrant attractions while offering a personalized and relaxed escape.
Leanpath is a mission-driven tech company making food waste prevention and measurement everyday practice in the world’s kitchens. Leanpath invented automated food waste tracking technology in 2004, and provides a complete food waste prevention platform, including data-collection tools, cloud-based analytics, and expert coaching. Since 2014 alone, Leanpath-empowered culinary teams have prevented over 25 million pounds of food from being wasted. Offices are located in the U.S., U.K., Spain, and Australia.