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Earth Day and Your Restaurant: Ways You Can Help

Happy Earth Day! While everyone is being a little more cautious about the environment today, there are ways for your restaurant to be cautious 24/7, 365 days a year. Implementing a sustainability program at your restaurant doesn’t have to be hard, and can save a lot of money down to road. The best part? Helping our Earth become a better planet to live!

Sustainability Tips for Your Restaurant

The National Restaurant Association outlined three simple solutions for Earth Day:

  1. Create a start-up and shut-down schedule
  2. Fix leaky sinks
  3. Donate leftover food

Creating a Schedule

Creating a start-up and shut-down schedule will reduce overall energy use. You can find outlets online that provide free start-up and shut-down schedules, which helps operators only use equipment and lights when necessary. The NRA states, “Shari’s Café & Pies, a chain with 100 locations across the Pacific Northwest, implemented this similar strategy and has saved $4,145 per year per location.” Now that’s a lot of energy savings!

Leaky SinksEarth Day

Fix your leaky sinks, I repeat, fix your leaky sinks! A small drip can actually add up to thousands of gallons of water going down the drain, each year. That can end up costing your restaurant hundreds of dollars. Why let that money go down the drain (literally) when you can simply fix your faucet!

Leftover Food

Any leftover food that you accumulate at your restaurant, please donate it. The NRA states that more food reaches landfills than other type of municipal solid waste. It is estimated that 25-40 percent of the food that is grown, processed and transported in the United States will never be consumed.  If you’re unsure of where to take your leftover food, there are many nonprofit organizations out there that would be glad to either take it for you or let you know of a deserving charity to drop it off!

Energy Star Equipment

Installing ENERGY STAR equipment at your restaurant can add up to big savings. These products are certified to save energy without sacrificing features or functionality. Central offers hundreds of ENERGY STAR products that not only save you money on your energy bills but are also top rated in their specific categories! Browse through our ENERGY STAR rated products by clicking here.

Earth Day Promotions

While you can use these promotional ideas for Earth Day, they are great for using all year long to help save the environment and energy!

Dine out with the lights out

Turn off the lights for your breakfast and lunchtime hours to save energy and cut down on electricity usage. When it starts to get dark, light candles for not only an energy-saving option but also create a beautiful ambiance for your customers!

Free trade-in with use of reusable mugEarth Day

Have an offer for a free drink or cup of coffee if customers bring in a reusable mug/bottle. Reusable drinkware is essential in putting a dent in the vast number of bottles and cups that go in landfills around the world.

Free item or percentage off when you use a reusable bag

You could make up a similar offer like the reusable mug one above, but this time have customers bring in their reusable bags. If you’re a grocery store, deli or bakery – this opportunity is perfect for you! Offer them a percentage off once they show (and use) their bag!

Select a menu item that you can donate all of the profits to Earth Day donations

Create a special dish that is made from only local ingredients and steer it towards an Earth Day theme. Using these ingredients encourages others to buy locally and save nonrenewable resources like gasoline that are used in the process of getting the goods from place to place. Have this dish be special and donate all of the proceeds to Earth Day donations.  You could even get literal with the “Go Green” theme by having specially crafted green food for donations!

Give anyone who bikes, carpools, walks or uses public transportation to get to your restaurant a percentage off for using a green method of transportation

It’s as easy as it sounds – if a customer uses a green method of transportation to get to your restaurant or business, give them a percentage off of their order. It’s important to reward the people who thought about their eco-friendly options before they came to your restaurant!

Bring recyclable items (plastic bottles, cans, paper) to your restaurant and receive a certain amount off of their meal

Have customers bring in their recyclable items, and if they donate a certain number they can receive an amount off of their meal. This allows people to get rid of their recyclables the proper way, without just dumping them into the trash. Call your local recycling company for pickup or drop the donations off at their site.

Eat Outside if it’s nice

If you have an outdoor dining area – utilize it! Celebrate the environment you’re working to protect on Earth Day, and enjoy the great outdoors! Of course, you have to watch the weather beforehand to do this idea, but use your best judgment! It’s finally spring so customers will be itching to get out and enjoy the weather and you can use this opportunity to increase your profit if you add extra outdoor dining seating! It’s a win-win for everyone!

Remember, we should be going green all the time! If you’re looking for some eco-friendly supplies or ENERGY STAR rated equipment shop Central! Have questions? Give us a call at 800-215-9293 or chat with us live!

Food Service Industry Week In Brief: March 25th-30th

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Here are five stories from the foodservice industry for March 25th-30th.


Pink Slime Producer Stops Production at Three Factories

From TheDailyMeal.com, read article here

Unless you’ve been hiding underneath a rock for the past few weeks, there has been a public backlash against “pink slime.”  Many groceries have decided to stop carrying the ammonia-treated meat, in response to the thousands of Americans who have protested against the chemically-sprayed, unlabeled food.  This week another action occurred in response to the protests, as Beef Products Inc., one of the “pink slime” producers, decided to suspend manufacturing at three out of the four pink-slime producing plants.  Nine hundred thousand pounds of the meat were being produced at the plants, according to the AP, and the president of Beef Products Inc. has said that the halt in production has caused “…a loss of 3,000 jobs.”  For more information, read the full article on the Daily Meal website.

Whole Foods to Stop Selling Unsustainable Wild-Caught Seafood

From HuffingtonPost.com, read the article here

Starting April 22 (also known as Earth Day), Whole Foods will no longer carry Unsustainable Wild-Caught Seafood.  Unsustainable wild-caught seafood is defined as “red rated,” a color that is coded by the Blue Ocean Institute and the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. MP900182711 The rating indicates that the “…seafood is either overfished or caught in a way that harms other species.”   The upcoming change will most likely result in higher prices though; in some cases, sustainable suppliers have lower yields.

Types of seafood that will no longer remain on the shelves include: octopus, gray sole, skate, Atlantic halibut and Atlantic cod caught by trawls.  The Atlantic halibut will be replaced by those found in the Pacific and cod will be caught on lines.

Whole Foods is among many supermarkets, such as Albertson’s, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and Shop ‘n Save, responding to end users concerned with where their seafood is coming from.

Greenpeace Oceans Campaign Director, John Hocevar, is pretty happy with how many supermarkets are responding to its seafood sustainability scorecard that was first established in 2008.  It’s pretty impressive to see that it was an issue that really wasn’t on most of these companies’ radar,” Hocevar said, “and with encouragement from us and many others, they really did for the most part step up.”  For more information, read the full article on the Huffington Post website.

Chipotle to Give out Free Burritos From Recycled Lunch Bags

From QSR.com, read the full article here

Between March 30th and April 14th, if customers buy a Chipotle-branded recycled lunch bag from their online store, the casual dining restaurant will give out an eco-friendly card that is redeemable on Earth Day for a free burrito, bowl, salad, or order of tacos.  All of the proceeds that come from the bag sales will be donated to the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation.

The lunch bags are made through a process called upcycling.   Using less energy than traditional recycling methods, billboards directly from Chipotle outdoor ads are made into resilient, sturdy products.  The bag features a top-roll adjustable strap closure, reinforced side seams and handle and an extra-large back pocket.  The front and back panels are the reverse side of the billboards; the side design features the front designs of different billboards, making each bag unique and one-of-a-kind.

Lunch bags are limited; customers must purchase their bag between Monday, March 26, and Saturday April 14, 2012, in order to receive it in time for Earth Day.  For more information, read the full article on the QSR website.

Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight?

From WSJ.com, read the full article here

A new study conducted by the National Institutes of Health in Southern California has found that people who consume more chocolate are thinner than those who eat less of it.chocolate

Participants in the study were asked how many times a week they ate chocolate, as well as other types of food and drink.  BMI, or body mass index, was calculated as well.

The people who ate more chocolate didn’t eat less calories or exercise more; they actually ate more calories than the non-chocolate eating participants.

But don’t go running to the nearest candy store to load up on chocolate bars; the study doesn’t prove a link between chocolate and weight loss.  Researchers say the findings only suggest the health benefits may be linked to how many times a week chocolate is eaten rather than how much is eaten in a week, says Beatrice Golomb, an associate professor at the University of California, San Diego.

“Our findings appear to add to a body of information suggesting that the composition of calories, not just the number of them, matters for determining their ultimate impact on weight,” says Dr. Golomb.

Many doctors suggest sticking to about an ounce of chocolate a day—most likely, dark chocolate, according to Lauren Graf, a nutritionist at Montefiore Medical Center, in Bronx, N.Y.  Dark chocolate has more antioxidants and less sugar than milk chocolate, so endulge just a little!  For more information, read the full article on the Wall Street Journal’s website.

Central Restaurant Products Launches Their New Facebook Timeline Page

It’s new; it’s improved–that’s right!  It’s CPR’s new Facebook Timeline page!  We’ve re-designed our Facebook page to be more streamlined, and hopefully, a little more user-friendly.  Come check us out and like our page at: www.facebook.com/centralrestaurantproducts.  By liking our page, you’ll enjoy fun facts about the food service industry, see the latest and greatest products we’re carrying, and enjoy a little laughs from our employees.  Come join in on the fun–you know you want to!

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Central’s Week in Brief: April 22, 2011

Since today is Earth Day, we thought it would be helpful to wrap up the week with a list of five things to do today (or any other day of the year) that will help the environment.  We’re especially fond of #5!

1) Visit Good Guide’s website to find out what products are the most environmentally friendly.  They even have a free iPhone app to use while shopping.   Just scan the barcodes of food and household products, to see the rating on how environmentally responsible the items are on a scale of one to 10.

2) Why not pamper yourself while saving the Earth?  Book a night (or even a weekend) at an environmentally friendly resort and enjoy rooms and restaurants in green style.

3)  Start a garden re-using common items.  This will not keep extra waste out of landfills, but will also give you some tasty, super-local food to use in your dishes.

4) Go paper free!  With all of the technology at our fingertips, it’s easier than ever to abstain from using paper for one day.  Use e-mail, save and share forms or sign up for paperless billing (all of which can be kept in handy electronic folders) and you can save a few trees while making your life a little more organized.

5)  Download Central’s brand new Whitepaper, How to Make Your Restaurant Environmentally Friendly, to learn all about what to do to make your restaurant beneficial not just to customers, but also the planet! 

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Central’s Week in Brief: April 1, 2011

Image from MorgueFileEvery Friday Central will be bringing you stories from the week that you might have missed, but that are definitely worth a look. We’ll feature food news covering everything from the weird to the wonderful in the world of restaurants, schools, the military and more.  It’s our way to help you go into the weekend with a little extra knowledge and maybe even a project or recipe to try out!

Here are this week’s 5 links:

1) Headed to Washington this month? Want some much needed kitchen garden inspiration from the first lady? Obama Foodorama has your solution!

2) Grub Street New York has 10 Reasons why Gwyneth Paltrow may want to make rumors of her food magazine become a reality.

3) The finale of Top Chef All-Star’s was this week. In case you missed it, comedian Max Silvestri will give you the run-down (along with his own always hilarious commentary) over at Eater .

4) Nation’s Restaurant News has the scoop on Denny’s new bacon campaign that includes a maple bacon sundae.  Here are the results from our Facebook reader poll on the porky treat.










5) To prepare for spring, Earth Day (coming up on April 22) and some delicious herb filled dishes, try this fun project from Whole Foods.

We want to know, what food stories were your favorite this week?