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Reducing food waste, a great idea!

As we approach the holiday season it is interesting to question the year that is coming to an end - to take stock of our virtues and vices. It is also a time to make resolutions. In 2017, why not rethink our eating habits that are at the root of real waste?

According to a study published in 2010 by the Value Chain Management Center (VCMC), 27 billion dollars in food disappears annually in Canada, which can also be translated to 2% of our gross domestic product. This means that up to half of the food stored in the refrigerator ends up in the trash.

Beyond the waste of products and the clogging of landfills that contribute to the emission of greenhouse gases, food waste also impacts the environment through unnecessary use of resources such as water, arable land, transport and packaging.
Although food waste is present throughout the production, distribution and the consumption chain, it is possible for you to make a difference just by changing certain habits at home:

Plan ahead and buy only what's on your list

By planning out your meals, it is easier to determine what will actually be needed throughout the week. You can also target more effectively the items you specifically need and therefore avoid buying too much. You will be pleasantly surprised to find that in addition to better consuming the food you buy, you will also make substantial savings.

Be creative and use your food differently

The carrots you bought to snack on have softened? Put them in a soup. The kids are tired of eating clementines and your crate is almost full? Mix them with other fruits and add some yogurt to serve them in a smoothie. You will quickly realize that in repurposing food, you will reduce your waste while keeping the family well-fed and happy.

Freeze the leftovers

Have you spent precious time preparing a delicious meal for the entire household only to end up with half of it uneaten? Instead of throwing the leftovers in the trash, immediately freeze them in individual portions, this way you’ll have a delicious meal to enjoy on a night where you don’t feel like cooking.

Fontaine Santé is pleased to offer its consumers products of irreproachable freshness. We comply with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standards - the highest standard in terms of food safety. Our Quality Control and R & D teams are working hard using state-of-the-art technologies to offer you healthy products without the addition of any preservatives, just like you do at home.
If, however, you have bought one of our products and you have forgotten it in the back of the fridge, or you have organized a dinner party and you realize that you have bought too much food, you should know that freezing them can be an option. All of our oval Hummus, Humm!, Tapenade, Pesto and Vegepaté products can be frozen. So, no more waste!

We wish you all a wonderful holiday season
and a New Year full of happiness and health!
Translated from French by Fontaine Santé
Sources and sites consulted:
www.radio-canada.ca
www.lapresse.ca
www.extenso.org
www.tvanouvelles.ca

6 responses to “Reducing food waste, a great idea!”

  1. Bernice Benteau Lindemann says:

    If you want to reduce waste in landfulls, why don’t you use labels on your containers that we can PEEL OFF so that we can RE-USE the containers over and over again. It is impossible to remove any portion of your labels!!!! I throw out the containers and go and buy one at the store! They are nice containers and should be re-used. My daughter just gave me 6 Taboule containers as I told her to keep them for me – not realizing that now I will throw them in the recycle bin. I am environmentally savvy and we will have to consider if we will continue to purchase your products. Something to consider?
    Thanks, Bernice

    • Fontaine Santé says:

      Dear Ms Lindemann,

      Thank you for taking the time to write to us. We really appreciate it!

      Fontaine Santé products are prepared using the freshest all-natural ingredients without the addition of any preservatives or chemicals – we prepare them like you would do at home.

      Please rest assured that we adhere to the highest standards in food safety and quality, and we take all of our customers’ comments very seriously.

      Firstly, we would like to mention that Fontaine Santé is proudly using since 2004 the in-mold labelling (IML) technology . The IML technology combine the decoration process with the moulding process . The label becomes an integral part of the final product, which is delivered as pre-decorated item.
      This technology, besides providing a greater decorating options, helps us produce a 100% recyclable and sustainable green products, which do not contain any solvents or hazardous chemicals, and allows to prevent the adhesive failure present in other labeling and decorating methods.

      Be sure Madam that Fontaine Santé is wholly aware and conscious of reducing the wastes by producing a sustainable green products with 100% recyclable containers.

      We understand, and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience, please know that it is essential to us that you are completely satisfied with our products.

      Further, please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any additional questions or comments.

      Best regards,

  2. Deanne says:

    I am desperate to find your 3 bean salad I use to buy it from Costco in St.catharines Ont but they no longer carry it and I haven’t found it in any store in the niagara region can you please tell me we’re n who may sell it or if I can place a purchase on line

    • Fontaine Santé says:

      Hello Deanne,

      Thank you so much for showing such an interest in our products! There are two Sobeys in St. Catharines – the one located on Glendale Avenue carries our salads, including the Three Bean Salad (the Sobeys located on Scott Street does not). You can also find our salads at the Sobeys in Fonthill. We hope that this helps!

      Best regards,

  3. Sheri says:

    My daughter and I as well need to find the Tree bean salad. We live in Oshawa and also used to buy it at Costco. They no longer have it. We tried Metro , Sobeys and Superstore all on your Where to find page but no one has it!! Can you advise where we can find it??

    • Fontaine Santé says:

      Hi Sheri,

      Thank you for taking the time to contact us, we really appreciate it! Our Three Bean Salad is listed at Sobeys in Oshawa (it is currently not being sold at Costco). We have contacted our Sales Representatives from the area who will make sure that the Sobeys Deli Manager includes some in their next order – it should be available for purchase by the end of next week.

      Please don’t hesitate if you have any other questions.

      Best regards

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