9 Jul, 2019 @ 16:30
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WASTE NOT: Benidorm begins crackdown on buffets as ‘1 tonne’ of food waste thrown away per restaurant each year

BRITS could soon be forced to go without big buffet meals at Spanish resorts as Benidorm has become the first destination to address food waste.

Hotel association HOSBEC has recognised it could prove an unpopular move among holidaymakers – who are used to a massive range of choices at breakfast, lunch and evening meals.

But the group insists something has to be done to tackle the ‘over-abundance’ of food.

Plans range from fewer choices at buffet counters, to bringing in pre-packed starters or desserts.

Signs will also be put up asking hotel clients to ‘think twice’ before they pile so much food on their plates – and those who participate may even get ‘rewards’ from hotels.

 “We understand that the challenge is complex, especially in the holiday hotel sector where the gastronomic offer is based on the free buffet,” HOSBEC said in a statement.

“However, this translates into a tendency to offer a great variety of dishes which in many occasions leads to an over-abundance of food.”?

The driving force, the organisation insists, is the sheer waste of food in a tourist trade that is becoming more committed to sustainability and care of the environment.?

The group estimates that in Spain, each restaurant throws away more than a tonne of food each year as a result of over-packed buffets.

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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