Revealed: Top Trends in Food Service Sustainability

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Keeping up with the constantly-shifting customer needs can be overwhelming. But identifying those important food service industry trends ahead of time is key in making sure your business is ready for new opportunities, whatever the future brings. This is why we’ve created the Nestlé Professional 2021 Sustainability Trends Report, an essential document for anyone interested in the current trends in food service sustainability.

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Key Opportunities: 2021 Footprint Sustainability Index in association with Nestlé Professional on Sustainability Trends in the Food Industry

We have released our latest sustainability trends report, in association with Footprint Intelligence. 


The Nestlé Professional 2021 Footprint Sustainability Trends Report identifies top food service industry trends and opportunities to help leaders build their businesses, develop a responsive strategy, benchmark good practice and identify issues.

The report is broken down into six key areas for a greener foodservice sector, including: Clients & Consumers; Sustainable Diets; Waste; Energy, emissions, natural resources; Employees, health and wellbeing; and Policy and supply chain. 

Each section of the report covers current trends in food service sustainability by offering a deep dive into factors driving trends as well as how businesses can adapt. For example, ‘Sustainable Diets’ calls upon industry leaders to be bold about meat reduction and champion plant-based alternatives, at the same time as supporting government anti-obesity measures and tackling food inequality. Highlights include advice on how to introduce plant-based options as well as practical tips to help businesses get ahead of anti-obesity guidelines.  

Important Takeaways from our Food Service Industry Trends Report

The report comprises in-depth interviews and a detailed survey, with input from foodservice experts and sector thought leaders who have helped to set out the key sustainability trends for the future.

Katya Simmons, Managing Director of Nestlé Professional UK&I, says:

“The past year has been a challenge for everyone. While sustainability remains a top priority in the industry, it has also risen on the public and political agendas. Addressing it is going to be even more important as the nation seeks to ‘build back better’. 

“One of the biggest takeaways from this report is the need for continued collaboration in order to create a greater impact on sustainability goals. At Nestlé Professional, sustainability is a long-term journey of continuous improvement towards transformation. It forms part of our everyday endeavours as we look to not only respond to new trends but also to drive them, because we recognise the need for both incremental and more radical action to achieve the scale of change necessary.

“Our latest report is a far-reaching guide to the future of sustainability in the food service industry, with insights into how foodservice can work together to lead the agenda.”