Innovative partnership with tech company Winnow is transforming Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel kitchens and the entire hospitality sector
Using Winnow’s reporting, Anantara Siam Bangkok has dramatically reduced food waste from February 2017 which has led to a food cost reduction of 1.5 point, representing USD $14,200 (THB 475,800). This reduction in food waste has translated into a demonstrable saving of an estimated 1.6 tons of food from landfill yearly and an equivalent of 300 plated meals per month.
Based on UNFAO’s data, on average, approximately 11 kg of food per capita per year is wasted in developing Asian countries. While food waste has generated ongoing attention internationally, it presents a huge challenge especially to countries with booming tourism industry such as Thailand.
Sustainability is very important for Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel. Last year they achieved the highest individual score in attaining GOLD Certification to the global sustainability certification standard for travel and tourism, Green Growth 2050. Anantara Siam has set the benchmark for all other hotels to aspire to across all assessment elements including social, cultural, environmental and operational best practices.
With the Winnow technology, the hotel is able to cut food waste by automatically measuring what gets thrown away and receiving data that help chefs reduce overproduction. The system comprises of a set of digital scales and tablet which is connected to the cloud making it quick and easy for chefs to measure food waste. Teams then receive daily reports highlighting where waste is occurring thereby providing insight to make their operations more efficient and sustainable.
Maxime Pourrat, Winnow’s Managing Director APAC added, “We are on a mission to connect the commercial kitchen, create a movement of chefs and inspire others to see that food is too valuable to waste. Tackling food waste is a huge opportunity for the hospitality sector and we believe that Winnow has application in virtually every professional kitchen across APAC.”
Patrick Both, General Manager at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel said: “It is very encouraging to see the initial results using Winnow’s technology. Thanks to our engaged kitchen team and the measuring solution, we cut food waste by 70% already after a few months. I hope we can encourage the entire hospitality industry to start thinking about food as a precious resource that should not be wasted.”
How Winnow started
Winnow founder Marc Zornes was struck by the food waste statistics when he first learned about them: ⅓ of all food is wasted from farm to fork and if food waste was a country, it would be the 3rd largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world behind the USA and China. He started Winnow as he saw a huge opportunity in solving the problem of food waste and he’s a strong believer that technology can help us change the way we make food.
Winnow is the technology company behind the Winnow smart meter, which helps chefs measure and manage food waste. Winnow believes that food is far too valuable to waste and that technology can transform the way we food is used. For this reason Winnow’s mission is to help the hospitality industry tackle avoidable food waste by connecting the kitchen to empower chefs to run a more efficient operation. More at www.winnowsolutions.com. Winnow has worked with hundreds of kitchens since its launch in London in May 2013. The company has a significant presence throughout Asia with an office in Singapore and Shanghai.
About Anantara Siam Bangkok
The Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel newly renovated 354 rooms, each with Anantara’s tasteful Thai furnishings and architecture. Our complimentary “Handy” smartphone keeps guests connected with internet, unlimited local and international calls to 10 countries.
Anantara Siam is set in a prime location in the heart of city where guests can enjoy the exclusive Kasara Lounge, Health Club, Anantara Spa, an outdoor pool, kid’s club and boutiques in Parichart Court.
Indulge at our selection of award winning restaurants and bars, including Biscotti, Shintaro, the Madison steakhouse, and the Spice Market. Have afternoon tea in The Lobby, martinis at Aqua or pastries at Mocha and Muffins. The Sunday Brunch features favourites from our restaurants, free flow Champagne and signature cocktails.
Discover the city’s most popular location for weddings, meetings and celebrations. Choose from The Ballroom, that accommodates up to a 1,000 guests, or multipurpose and function rooms in Montathip Court or Pimarnman.