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Sustainable Sourcing in the Food & Beverage Industry: 6 Key Strategies



Introduction

The Aruba Food & Beverage Association (AFBA) is committed to advancing sustainable practices within the industry. In this blog post, we explore six essential ways to source food and supplies more sustainably. Let’s dive in!

1. Local Procurement

  • Support local farmers and producers: By sourcing ingredients locally, F&B establishments reduce transportation emissions and strengthen community ties.

  • Farm-to-table partnerships: Collaborate with nearby farms to offer fresh, seasonal produce directly to consumers.

2. Seasonal Menus

  • Embrace seasonality: Design menus around locally available ingredients during specific seasons.

  • Reduce food miles: Seasonal menus minimize the need for long-distance transportation.

3. Sustainable Seafood

  • Choose responsibly sourced seafood: Look for certifications like MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) or ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council).

  • Avoid overfished species: Protect marine ecosystems by making informed choices.

4. Waste Reduction

  • Minimize food waste: Implement portion control, track inventory, and repurpose leftovers.

  • Eco-friendly packaging: Opt for biodegradable or reusable containers.

5. Energy-Efficient Operations

  • Energy audits: Assess energy usage and invest in energy-efficient appliances.

  • Renewable energy sources: Transition to solar or wind power where feasible.

6. Collaborate and Educate

  • Industry partnerships: Work with suppliers, distributors, and other F&B businesses to promote sustainability.

  • Educate staff and customers: Raise awareness about sustainable practices and their impact.

Conclusion

AFBA encourages all food and beverage establishments to adopt these sustainable sourcing strategies. Together, we can create a greener, more resilient industry.


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