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City restaurateurs start a new campaign on Stop World Food Waste Day today



To mark the Stop World Food Waste Day today, National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI), Kolkata Chapter, has come up with a new initiative, Re-Serve. This newly launched campaign promises to reduce food wastage every single day. Re-Serve also encourages patrons at restaurants to pack the excess food on their table and re-serve at home or to those in need and hungry.

National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) Kolkata Chapter is an organisation representing the voice of the food & beverage industry and, in particular, the interests of more than 1,000 restaurants in West Bengal. There are also more than 5,00,000 restaurants pan India that are under NRAI since 1982 with its headquarters in New Delhi.
Aditya Ladsaria, Chapter head of NRAI (Kolkata) and co-founder of Chai Break, said, “We believe that with the combined effort of more than 200 restaurants and thousands of patrons, we will bring about a change in the way we dine-out and use resources.”

According to a recent survey, about 68 million tonnes of food is wasted in our country every year and as much as 40% of the food on our plates at restaurants goes to waste. “Food is an integral part of our lives and livelihoods. We strongly feel that a small effort will go a long way in bringing a change and bridging the gap between haves and have-nots,” shared Sagar Daryani, co-founder, Wow Momo.

Echoing similar thoughts, Anirban Sengupta, partner, What’s Up! Café, added, “NRAI has taken a pledge to address the issue of food wastage and together we will try our best to contain this menace. Hence, Re-serve is a wonderful initiative and we are all following it from today.”

Pratap Daryani, owner of Oasis restaurant, feels that it’s rather criminal to waste food. “All our problems of hunger will be erased if we ‘re-serve’ our leftovers instead of wasting it. I urge everyone to stop food wastage and join the campaign,” he said.

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