09 NOV 2018: A majority of restaurants and other foodservice businesses across Canada say environmental sustainability is important to their success, according to a survey from Restaurants Canada.

The results of the most recent quarterly Restaurant Outlook Survey from Restaurants Canada said:

• 82 percent of respondents reported that environmental sustainability is moderately to very important to the success of their businesses and 55 percent said it is important to very important.

• 98 percent of foodservice operators said they recycle; 93 percent use energy or water saving equipment; 77 percent track, compost or donate leftover food; and 92 percent plan to continue or improve on their current level of environmentally sustainable operations over the next three years.

“With consumers growing increasingly concerned over the environmental impacts of their dining habits, restaurateurs are likewise becoming more focused on the sustainability of their business operations,” said Chris Elliott, Restaurants Canada Senior Economist. “These survey results indicate that Canada’s foodservice sector is mindful of how sustainability is becoming a necessity for profitability.”

Survey respondents said the greatest barriers to improving the environmental sustainability of their business operations include the cost of implementing changes, the additional burden of training staff and the lack of availability of more environmentally friendly products.

“We invite foodservice operators to attend the upcoming RC Show to learn how innovative products, pioneering people and transformative ideas can help them grow their bottom line in harmony with the planet,” said Shanna Munro, Restaurants Canada president and CEO.

Results from the Restaurant Outlook Survey for the third quarter of 2018 were compiled from responses solicited in October 2018. In total, 307 completed surveys were submitted, representing 4,694 establishments, including table-service restaurants, quick-service restaurants, and other foodservice businesses, such as accommodation, institutions and drinking places.


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