An exploratory study of managerial approaches to food waste mitigation in coffee shops.

Filimonau, V., Krivcova, M. and Pettit, F., 2018. An exploratory study of managerial approaches to food waste mitigation in coffee shops. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 76 (Part A), 48 - 57.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhm.2018.04.010

Abstract

The hospitality industry generates substantial amounts of food waste. Although the issue has been politically recognised, it remains under-researched. Studies are limited in number and restricted in sectoral and geographical coverage. They have attempted to quantify and characterise food waste in hospitality ventures while the managerial approaches to its reduction have not been scrutinised. The coffee shop sub-sector of the hospitality industry has been entirely excluded from analysis. This study examined food waste in UK coffee shops through the managerial lens. While food waste represents a significant challenge, the managerial approaches to its minimisation are conservative and focus on disposal, rather than prevention. Lack of governmental support, imperfect legislation, irresponsible consumer behaviour and restricted internal resources inhibit application of more advanced managerial approaches. To enhance the effectiveness of food waste management within the sub-sector, targeted policy interventions designed to strengthen corporate commitments and facilitate pro-environmental changes in consumer behaviour are necessary.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0278-4319
Uncontrolled Keywords:food waste; food waste prevention; food waste minimisation; coffee shops; UK
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:30675
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:08 May 2018 11:09
Last Modified:08 May 2018 11:09

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