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Reduce and Reuse: Tackling the Global Food Waste Challenge

Globally, one third of all food goes to waste – equating to approximately 1.3 billion tons every year. In a bid to help tackle this challenge, Hilton has committed to reducing food waste sent to landfill by 50%.

Hotels across the world have designed innovative solutions to reduce waste and reuse leftovers as much as possible.

Chefs at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah use Winnow, a technology to track avoidable food waste accurately. Based on the results, they can adjust what and how much food the hotel produces. The hotel also does everything it can to tackle surplus food. For example, pastries left over from the breakfast buffet are repurposed into a local Arabic dessert, Om Ali. 

Elsewhere in the world, Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort has launched an initiative which sees the hotel’s leftover bread turned into beer. In partnership with Equoevento, a non-profit organisation in Rome, the hotel distributes its unused bread to local brewery, Birrificio Vale la Pena.

Birrificio Vale la Pena employs prisoners as part of a work release programme. The prisoners use surplus bread to ferment a variety of beers. The beers are available for purchase at Rome Cavalieri’s Tiepolo Lounge and Terrace, as well as to enjoy as part of the hotel’s Sunday Brunch.

The new initiative helps to eliminate waste and reduce energy consumption. The hotel estimates that the 160kg of bread repurposed by Equoevento to brew the RecuperAle beer results in CO2 savings of 140.8 kg and the equivalent of €50 of energy saved.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 23 world-class brands comprising more than 7,600 properties and nearly 1.2 million rooms, in 126 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed over 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, was named the No. 1 World’s Best Workplace by Great Place to Work and Fortune and has been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for seven consecutive years. Hilton has introduced industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the nearly 190 million Hilton Honors members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can't buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.  

About Hilton Hotels & Resorts

For over a century, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has set the benchmark for hospitality around the world, providing new product innovations and services to meet guests' evolving needs. With more than 600 hotels across six continents, Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties are located in the world’s most sought-after destinations for guests who know that where they stay matters. Experience a positive stay at Hilton Hotels & Resorts by booking at or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more about Hilton Hotels & Resorts at, and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning portfolio of more than 30 iconic properties that creates a unique sense of place with a relentless commitment to sincerely elegant service, one-of-a-kind experiences and culinary mastery in landmark destinations around the world. Inspired by their timeless environments, Waldorf Astoria hotels deliver an effortless experience seamlessly, creating a true sense of place for guests through stunning architecture, Peacock Alley, refined art collections, Michelin-starred dining and elevated in-room amenities. In addition to the brand’s world-class hotel offerings, Waldorf Astoria boasts a global residential portfolio that provides the comfort of a private home combined with unsurpassed amenities and high-touch service. Waldorf Astoria is part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Experience an unforgettable stay at Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts by booking at or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors appHilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more about Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts at, and follow the brand on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.