Saving your business money one slice at a time

Did you know that 24 million slices of bread – with a retail value of c. £1.2 million – are thrown away by householders every day?   This is a huge waste of resource, which is why WRAP’s latest Love Food Hate Waste campaign – “Make Toast Not Waste” – is focused on bread, which is at the top of the list of the most wasted foods in the UK. 

Small change, Big savings

With consumers wasting that much each day, have you considered how much money your business might be losing by throwing away uneaten bread or toast following breakfast service?

The Crieff Hydro hotel did, and calculated that being over-generous with toast was costing them c. £3,500 per year.  Add in the waste from their mini jam-jars and they were incurring a total loss of approximately £6,500 per annum.  What’s more, WRAP estimates that when taking into account the cost of heating, serving and disposing of the uneaten toast, this figure increases by 50%!

The hotel consequently introduced a small change that reduced their waste by 50% overnight.  They started providing one slice per customer rather than three slices between two, which had no negative effect on guest experience.  Read the mini case study here.

Grab a Slice of the Savings

WRAP’s easy-to-use “Toast-o-Meter”* will give you an indication of how much wasted bread is costing your business.  (Dare we say, this handy tool may be the best thing since sliced bread?!)  

Like Crieff Hydro, you might find that making a small change could save your business a big sum.

Free resources to help you make those cost-saving changes

It’s not just uneaten bread that can be costly.  Filling your wheelie bin with food waste every week could be setting you back £10,000 a year – money that could be saved by doing a few things differently.

Your Business is Food, Don't Throw it AwayWRAP’s ‘Your Business is Food; don’t throw it away’ toolkit is designed to help you save money and boost profits.  Simple steps and resources will help you reduce the amount of food thrown away by engaging your staff and customers.


Don’t take our word for it watch this short video showing how Frederic Robinsons Brewery has improved profits by throwing away less food.

Or read how Crieff Hydro applied their findings more widely to save over £50,000.



*While we have tried to make sure the Toast-o-Meter is accurate, we cannot accept responsibility or be held legally responsible for any loss or damage arising out of or in connection with this information being inaccurate, incomplete or misleading.