Kitchens typically waste 8-20% of the food they buy. Reducing these costs where possible can lead to significantly improved profits. It’s not just a waste of food- all the water, labour, energy, and inputs that went into preparing that food is wasted too. However, until now preventing food waste was an arduous process that was often counterproductive to running an efficient kitchen.
Our food innovation technology is built with commercial kitchens in mind, allowing them to quickly and easily record, monitor and improve food waste – so that kitchens can keep their costs low and their profits higher.
By cutting food waste in half, commercial kitchens can typically save 3-8 % on food cost. On a kitchen with an annual £250,000 food cost, that accounts to £7,500 to £20,000 of potential annual savings. In many commercial kitchens this can be the difference between missing and exceeding profit and loss targets, and can be the deciding factor in winning client tenders.
Winnow is developed with rapid return on investment in mind. Sites using Winnow can expect an ROI of 2x to 10x. Our reports can be used to devise both short-term strategies in the kitchen and estate wide purchasing and inventory strategies at operational level.
Winnow’s intuitive reporting feature enables finance professionals, central purchasing and inventory teams to identify key areas for improvement. It also helps finance managers report on return on investment and cost savings. The reports show how to reduce food waste at a kitchen and across an estate of locations, detailing where food is being lost - whether that is as a result of customer food preferences or preparation, over-ordering, or overproduction issues. Finance can then work with their kitchens to identify areas for ordering/purchasing process improvement or the food offerings they provide.
As reports can be run when you want– be that in daily or monthly – they can be used for immediate and long-term improvement discussions and reporting requirements and can match your audit periods. We can also assist clients by analysing their data trends and suggesting successful strategies that other clients have used in similar scenarios.
Many commercial kitchens understandably wish to test the software before rolling it out to other sites and countries. We fully encourage this, as other sites will be much more engaged after an initial successful implementation and it also provides sufficient time to adapt the solution to the unique demands of your business, ensuring a greater ROI in future roll-outs.
Winnow is designed to scale quickly and easily and our international reach across 30 countries, with four global offices, makes us perfectly placed to assist global businesses.