A Clean Future

Bon Appetite

2. Zero Hunger 12. Responsible Consumption and Production

Overview

Bon Appetite adopted a ‘green eco environment movement’ method that supports eco-friendly uses of materials for catering and in vending machines. This solution helps to contribute to both SDG 2- Zero Hunger and SDG 12-Responsible Consumption and Production. With the goal to end hunger through achieving food security, promoting improved nutrition and ensuring sustainable consumption they contribute to target maintaining an eco-friendly and clean environment.

Authors

Riley Engel

Riley Engel

Peter Andreakos

Peter Andreakos

Ankush Sansoya

Ankush Sansoya

Navneesh Kaur

Navneesh Kaur

Chinmay Sharma

Chinmay Sharma

School

University of Guelph

University of Guelph

Professor

Ruben Burga

Ruben Burga

Innovation

The main goal of Bon Appetite’s innovation is to provide high quality products and services while remaining environmentally-friendly and encouraging others to do the same. In terms of the innovation itself, Bon Appetite uses 100% biodegradable compostable disposables in all cafeteria and catering services, and green food waste bins in all of their kitchens. Through servicing over 2000 meals per day the idea of this innovation is to maintain a healthy society and clean and green public spaces with fresh organic products while protecting the environment at the same time.

The director of operations, Perry Andreakos, is responsible for the idea and creation of the innovation as he worked on the arrangement of the biodegradable products from differing companies that could be affordable to the business. To do this he connected himself with several corporations who could produce the biodegradable products at a lower price that could be factored into their business plan. Mr Andreakos believes this method allows them to contribute to saving the environment and ultimately helps the company grow and succeed in the market.

This innovative solution contributes to achieving the UN SDGs and improve the environment by making it healthy and safe. In doing so they the business is gaining a reputable name attracting more customers and decreasing the use of unnecessary non-biodegradable products from suppliers.

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Inspiration

What inspired Perry Andreakos for this innovation was the amount of food and people the company deals with on a daily basis and the desire to create a clean and safe environment. The decision of going green and using biodegradable products was seen as “a great move to earn the name of the business and expand their business by getting a large crowd of customers”.

Overall impact

Overall, the innovation has had a positive impact on the business and the surrounding environment. The innovation was a great way to increase profit and become a successful business; as it helped to attract a larger number of consumers and enable the company to expanded from seven to twelve locations in Ontario.

Keeping in mind the goal of the innovation, the results of the innovation have been both, long-term and short-term. Short-term effects include growing numbers of customers conscious of the company using eco-friendly methods. Long-term effects include the impact on society as the business continues to receive positive reviews on their clean catering environment. In today’s society people have become more health conscious and look to adapt eco-friendlier methods in food services, therefore, this is an important aspect for the business to maintain and improve. In going green and keeping a clean environment, the business has helped to reduce pollution and contribute to reducing the overflow of garbage within Ontario. Evidence suggests that these impacts are related to the expansion of the business to further locations, greater interaction with larger corporations, more positive reviews from consumers, and reduction of waste in the company.

Business benefit

Because the business adapted the ‘green eco environment movement’ method, they have created a reputable name and label for Bon Appetite, expanded the company, and increased its profits. Since creating a well-respected company, the business has had more consumers referring their services to others, ultimately expanding the consumer-base size. With an increased consumer base, the company has been able to grow the business from seven locations to now twelve locations. With more locations opened, Bon Appetite gained the opportunity to hire more employees, raise revenues, and open up to new markets. All together these benefits have enabled the company to grow its profits and make their mission to create an eco-friendlier environment more successful.

Social and environmental benefit

The innovation benefits society as it gives insight into the importance being mindful of how we treat the environment and encourages the public to eat from clean and safe food services. It has been of benefit to the environment as going green has helped the company keep a clean environment and reduce pollution. In addition, using biodegradable products contributes to a reduction in the surplus of garbage throughout the organization. This is an important aspect as Ontario deals with the continuous problem of the overflow of garbage. This innovation also helps to fulfill the goals of both SDG number 2 and 12, since ending hunger and promoting responsible consumption are important missions to the company.

Interview

Peter Andreakos, Business Development

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Bon Appetite

Bon Appetite

Guelph, Ontario, CA

Business Website: http://www.bonappetite.ca/index.php

Number of Employees: 11 to 50

Bon Appetite Foodservices Management is family owned and operated corporation, providing full service employee dining facilities, house catering, full line vending and cafeterias. The company follows the green eco environment movement as they use and supply 100% biodegradable products and green food waste bins in all their kitchens.