Managing a restaurant invites a host of challenges — from hiring and ordering supplies to running the daily operations to ensuring profitability. But now there’s something else to add to the mix: environmental sustainability.Customers are increasingly pushing for it to be part of their restaurant experience and restaurants must comply to earn their dining dollars. This shift isn’t just reflected in the sourcing of food; consumers also want to know how restaurants source their packaging materials. This can present a challenge to owners and operators: how do you identify and source affordable and sustainable materials so you don’t lose your environmentally conscious customers?
Research released earlier this year by our firm found that 62 percent of Americans say there is a need for more environmentally friendly packaging on food products. So why should restaurants do more to embrace environmentally sustainable packaging? Here are five trends feeding the need to embrace it: