Reducing our waste, together with our partners for a better world
How to act against food waste?
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), each year we throw away 1/3 of all the food produced in the world. In the European Union, food waste weighs almost 100 million tonnes every year, and this figure is increasing.
By partnering with several organisations. EXKi is committed to making it a priority to reduce food waste.
In line with our #LessWasteTogether program, we are taking action to reduce our ecological footprint. Initially, the use of local and seasonal products allows EXKi to create recipes with a reduced carbon impact.
On top of that, in addition to our waste sorting policy, we are calling on several associations to reduce food waste.
The Brussels associations :
In Brussels, we are partners with associations located not far from our restaurants, which come to collect unsold items daily. We also collaborate with the city's CPAS (public social services centres). Every day, it collects a large part of our unsold stock and redistributes it to local associations via the morning market thanks to a reverse logistics system.
When they supply the various sales outlets, the EXKi delivery staff takes the unsold items from the restaurants back with them. These food leftovers, which are still fresh, are all taken to a cold room located at the Brussels Morning Market (the MABRU). Once the EXKi products have been stored in this cold room, the CPAS can make an inventory of them. Thanks to the "Donation Exchange" platform, the CPAS will offer the unsold products to the various associations while delivering them the same day. In this way the associations do not incur any costs and the EXKi products are delivered fresh.
Too Good To Go :
This App fighting against food waste is based on the following observation: every year 1.3 billion tons of food are thrown away or lost around the world and this food waste is responsible for 8% of greenhouse gas emissions. The objective is therefore to do everything possible to limit unsold and wasted food! Too Good To Go allows us to sell and distribute at low prices products with the best before date of the day in the form of a surprise basket to people who fight against food waste.
Today we are proud to count all our EXKi restaurants in Belgium, Paris, Lille and Italy as partners of Too Good To Go.
ANDES is the pioneering network of solidarity grocery stores, federating and running more than 370 member grocery stores in France. It works for the sustainable integration of vulnerable populations by developing innovative solutions around quality food. EXKi's partnership with ANDES enables us to donate unsold products to solidarity grocery stores.
Finally, to avoid food wastage, we reduce the price of our sandwiches by 20% after 5pm.
To sum up, our actions allow us to redistribute unsold goods to people in need, to solidarity grocery stores but also to people fighting against food waste.
EXKi is delighted to collaborate with all these associations fighting against food waste and we remain open to any idea or solution aimed at reducing our own environmental impact. After all, it is all together that we can move towards a better world.