Food Inventory: Follow these Waste Reduction Tips

Food Inventory
How much money does your hospital throw into the dumpster every year?

A few vegetables here, a pound of meat there. While it doesn’t look like much in the near term, it’s important to consider how this impacts your company on a monthly and yearly basis.

Taking a hardline stance against waste reduction can go a long way in saving your facility thousands of dollars.  Furthermore, it allows you to maximize every dollar you spend on product.

Pinpointing “hidden” food costs is easier said than done. An inventory management system, coupled with a focus on waste, can put you on the path to success.

3 Tips for Reducing Food Waste

The right approach will allow your hospital to make up serious ground in regards to the reduction of food waste.  Three simple tips to start include:

  1. Assign this Responsibility

Do you have staff responsible for the inventory process? Do these team members also keep track of food waste?

It takes a structured process and attention to detail to achieve results.

  1. Implement the Right Method

What method does your hospital currently use to measure food waste? If the answer is “none,” you have a tremendous opportunity for cost savings.  If you have previously implemented a system, seek ways to make it better.

Primary measurement methods include:

  • Visual estimation
  • A focus on the financial loss of food waste
  • Weighing food waste
  • Monitoring plate waste
  • Monitoring untouched meals
  1. Identify the Reasons for Food Waste

Once you recognize that food waste is a problem in your hospital, it’s vital to understand why it is happening.  By identifying the exact cause, you can organize a strategy to reduce waste.

Some reasons for food waste include:

  • Purchasing the wrong quantity of food. Some food has a short shelf life; if not used immediately it ends up in the trash.
  • Lack of inventory control.
  • Understanding of patient needs. Could food waste be a clinical or assisted related issue?

Conclusion

If your hospital continues to struggle in regards to food inventory management and waste reduction, it’s time to plan for action.

At Soriant Healthcare, we have many years of experience providing medical facilities with waste reduction services.  We can help you save money, boost profits, and increase customer satisfaction.

About the Author:

Chris brings more than 18 years of healthcare support services expertise. As a former contract management provider, Chris has an in-depth knowledge of provider fees and fee structures, enabling him to safeguard critical funds. Chris excels at finding ways institutions can reap benefits via rebates, paying the right price for the right product, and retaining low costs.

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