Sysco GB launches Foodprint for menu carbon labelling

Foodprint is an automated environmental impact scoring system that enables customers to track the carbon impact of their menus

One of the UK’s leading foodservice wholesalers, Sysco GB, has partnered with Nutritics, the market leader in foodservice technology, to introduce its Foodprint solution for Brakes customers, bringing carbon labelling within the reach of thousands of food businesses across the UK.

Foodprint, the pioneering, fully automated environmental impact scoring system for the hospitality and food service sector, allows customers to track, manage and publish the water and carbon impact of their menus and will become part of Brakes’ Virtual Chef concept. The solution puts sustainability at the heart of recipe development, by bringing carbon and water data together with nutritional, allergen and margin information.

Pete Statham, head of sustainability and government relations at Sysco GB, says: “Over 90% of our carbon footprint is the food that we sell, so educating our team and supporting customers on the design and development of menus and the products they are sourcing is vital to us playing our part in tackling climate change.

“With thousands of customers and the industry’s largest development chef team, we are very excited about the opportunity to build on Sysco's global science-based targets and be at the forefront of transforming the food system and what ends up on the menus of tomorrow.”

With food contributing almost a third of all global carbon emissions, the new tool will allow Brakes to support customers to quantify the impact of their menus by delivering product level carbon data. This can be used to develop more sustainable menus, and shared with an increasingly engaged consumer audience, empowering them to make choices based on the impact of a particular dish.

Foodprint works by taking the most reliable data available across agriculture, processing, packaging and transportation, linked back to peer reviewed academic research. It delivers this in an understandable format that can easily be translated into a consumer-friendly label.

Sysco GB recently worked with Knowledge Labs from Nutritics, a specialist sustainability consultancy service, to create and deliver a programme to educate all its 8,000 colleagues in sustainability. This included bringing together the development chef team to test the new Nutritics system, demonstrating how it can be used to help support customers in understanding and managing the environmental impact of the food they buy and ultimately cutting the impact of their menus.

Stephen Nolan, CEO of Nutritics adds:: “Fresh from helping the organisers of COP28 deliver climate-friendly menus across the conference, this is another opportunity for us to provide food sustainability experience that helps hospitality businesses. We’re proud to work alongside Sysco GB, creating a path towards shared goals and becoming part of its sustainability journey. By becoming part of Brakes’ Virtual Chef concept, we’re able to support the company in its broader mission to reduce emissions and educate customers on the impact of culinary decisions on the environment, thus  creating a greener future.”

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