Pictured above from left: DigiTally CTO Artur Leonowicz and Co-Founder Patrick McDermott.
The Irish hospitality sector wastes approximately 158k tonnes of food annually.
If food waste typically costs a business €3 per kilo – that means that some €474k is wasted in this country every year.
And Ireland is not the only European country with a food waste problem…
The UK wastes 3.2 million tonnes or 320 million meals a year which is a staggering amount of wastage in an industry already hamstrung by the Covid 19 pandemic.
But according to profitability & inventory management expert Patrick McDermott, the startling figures also present an opportunity for entrepreneurs and business leaders in the hospitality industry.
“If you have a food waste problem, you have a profitability problem,” Patrick told the All-Ireland Business Foundation, “BUT what’s measured is managed”…
“Once you understand what is being wasted and why – you can easily take steps to reduce the waste which will have a direct impact on your businesses profitability.”
Patrick is the co-founder of DigiTally, a Business All-Star Accredited multi-site inventory software company that helps businesses in the hospitality industry to improve their margins and reduce their food waste.
DigiTally also helps their customers to save time on manual stocktaking through their innovative software offering.
Patrick takes pride in offering a service that guarantees tangible results and returns on investment for DigiTally’s customers.
“DigiTally is a painkiller not a vitamin in that our product isn’t something that’s just ‘nice to have’ in a business,” Patrick explained.
“We deliver increased margins, a reduction in food waste and savings in man-hours.”
DigiTally’s clients in the hospitality industry have endured a tough couple of years…
The pandemic forced closures of pubs, hotels and restaurants up and down the country gutting them of staff and their squeezing owners.
And staff issues have lingered with many in the industry opting to leave for pandemic proof careers in other areas.
Patrick says it is now more important than ever for hospitality businesses to take a look at their food waste and their margins and find out what can be measured, managed and improved.
The All-Ireland Business Foundation is a national body which accredits best-in-class Irish businesses as Business All-Stars. We believe best-in-class companies should be clearly identifiable so consumers can purchase with confidence.
Eleanor Brannigan & Susan Brannigan-Hall, Flexelle pictured with their Business All-Star 2023 accreditation certificate & medallion.
Helen Murphy-Walsh, Founder Kilmacow Montessori School pictured with Kieran F. Ring, Deputy Chair AIBF Adjudication Board, DR. Briga Hynes, UL and President of the AIBF, Margaret Considine celebrating her Business All-Star Early Years Education Business Person Of The Year 2023 accreditation at Croke Park.
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