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The term “sustainability” has been around for years, but has taken on a more prominent role in the food and beverage industry in recent years – especially given diners’ growing environmental awareness.

If you’ve heard of the terms sustainability, sustainable sourcing, sustainable agriculture, or sustainable farming, but aren’t sure what they mean – we’re here to clear the air.

What is sustainable sourcing?

Sustainable sourcing is the act of looking for ingredients that are sustainably farmed.

That means these ingredients, whether agricultural produce or meat, are farmed with more than economic considerations in mind. Sustainable farmers take into account the environmental and social impact of their farming activities.

For example, indiscriminate farming methods may produce more crops over the short-term but create long-term repercussions like soil damage. Or they may burn entire forests to clear land or create fertile soil for the next season’s harvest, causing long-term damage to the environment around them.

Making a commitment to sustainable sourcing

Because sustainable sourcing prioritises environmental and social concerns above economic ones, companies (such as Unilever Food Solutions) that commit to purchasing sustainably sourced ingredients ensure that they buy their produce and meat from people and places that practice environmental awareness.

Sustainable sourcing and your kitchen

If saving the earth and ensuring the sustainability of our food supplies isn’t reason enough to choose sustainably sourced ingredients for your restaurant, consider this as well. There are growing numbers of diners (yes, even in Singapore) who are awakening to the importance of sustainable sourcing, and are actively choosing to dine at establishments that proudly display their affiliation with the sustainability movement.

But don’t just take our word for it. Take a look at how Chipotle Mexican Grill, a popular restaurant chain in North America and Europe, is making waves (and huge profits) by using sustainable food sources in their menu.

Choose sustainably sourced ingredients – for the earth, our future, and your restaurant

Chipotle’s success can be replicated in Singapore, and it could be your hotel or restaurant that makes headlines – for all the right, sustainable reasons.

The simplest way to get started is by choosing ingredients that are sustainably sourced from a trusted manufacturer like Unilever Food Solutions. By including these ingredients in your kitchen, you’ll help reduce our collective environmental footprint, help people to take action to improve their health and well-being, and enhance livelihoods. Your environmentally and socially-conscious diners will thank you for your efforts.