In March, Meiko Green, the manufacturer’s waste solutions division, received the sustainability award from Footprint for its expertise in warewashing and systems technology for kitchen and other food waste.
Footprint is an influential voice in the sustainability debate within the British foodservice sector so the award can be said to be an indicator of industry opinion. Paul Anderson, MD of Meiko UK and responsible for Meiko Green in the UK, accepted the award in a digital ceremony.
The Meiko Group won the trophy in the ‘Sustainable Catering Equipment Manufacturer’ category. Specifically, the award recognised the BioMaster infeed station as a sustainable, green tool for processing wet waste in the foodservice sector and the food industry more generally. The station takes in organic kitchen waste, fats and other food waste to create homogenous biomass that can be used as a raw material at biogas plants which convert it into energy, feeding it back into the energy cycle.
The Footprint panel was reportedly impressed with this contribution to greater sustainability. Meiko Green’s CEO Patrick Hoffmann analysed: “We knew from day one that with our ideas and innovative technology, we would be able help protect the common good.
“The Footprint Award is further confirmation of just how important it is to drive change in our industry and our markets, and to help our customers to think in new ways – without damaging anybody’s business. In fact, quite the opposite. You see, this system is actually profitable – so it even pays to go green. This is the sort of synergy we need in order to provide the industry with opportunities for real sustainability, not just greenwashing. I also believe that we have a responsibility to use food resources wisely.”
Anderson added: “Sustainability is coming higher up the agenda for action by the UK catering industry – indeed it has to – because we are running out of water and learning more about the harm we have done to our suffering planet. BioMaster completes the circle of what we do as a supplier, providing ware washing solutions, maximum hygiene and returning sustainable benefit back to the planet.
“I know that Meiko staff will be as delighted as myself with this recognition for BioMaster. True sustainability pays back in the long term and products such as BioMaster represent the type of new generational thinking that will help us bring our planet back to a sustainable level.”