Food & Drink

What we eat and drink and where we source our ingredients from can have a huge impact on the environment, both positively and negatively. Food and drink can come from a variety of different places, especially meat and fish, and it is not always easy to find out how sustainable the source was. How well was the animal treated? What processes have been used to produce the food? How far has the produce been transported?

People are increasingly expecting answers to these questions when they eat out in establishments. Engaging with your supply chain to understand how ethical they are is the first step. You can also look to grow your own fruit and vegetables on site if you have any spare land, which reduces food miles and saves you money. You will also need to consider whether the packaging that is used is recyclable, and there is also increasing demand for vegetarian and vegan options too that you need to consider.

Watch this introductory video on the things to consider when sourcing your food and drink supplies.

Watch this case study from Kilo Ziro to see how they have worked with their supply chain to minimise waste and embraced the use of surplus food within their beautiful café and cocktail bar in Digbeth.

Birmingham Sustainable Tourism Hub: Food & Drink Introduction

Birmingham Sustainable Tourism Hub: Food & Drink Case Study 'NEC'