Accor to tackle food waste with AI

To accurately quantify food waste and comply with shared standards, each property is encouraged to measure its waste using and online reporting tool unique to Accor hotels

Oct 2, 2023

Using Artificial Intelligence, Orbisk, a startup awarded the Accor Challenge at Viva Technology 2021, scans leftover food to obtain clear data on the amount and type of food being thrown away, helping to adjust menus and thus reduce waste.

Key takeaways

  • This technology-based solution makes it easier for hotels to measure and monitor their energy, water, waste and carbon footprint performance, so that they can accurately track the impact of their sustainability initiatives;
  • To date, 71% of the Group’s affiliate, managed and franchised hotels, spread across 3,900 properties, have adopted this platform. The Group plans to extend this to all its hotels with catering operations by 2025;
  • In average, almost 20 tons of food waste is generated per hotel each year, accounting for around 43% of a hotel’s total waste. While 45% of food waste in hotels comes from processing and excess preparation, 34% is due to food left on plates. The remaining 20% is the result of poor inventory management.

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