proteins can be divided into two categories - complete (meat, ﬁsh, eggs, milk, cheese) and incomplete (beans, nuts, seeds, tofu etc.)
a sustainable menu means making conscious choices about the food you place on it. It offers dishes that reﬂect what is optimal for our health and the health of our planet
conscious protein describes an approach which is based on consuming a diverse source of sustainable protein and the awareness of people in their eating habits
one in three meals are eaten outside of home
Sometimes, it can be difficult for consumers to find sustainable restaurants, let alone a sustainable dish once inside. By putting sustainability on the (online) menu restaurateurs can visibly demonstrate to their customers, their engagement for a food future that respects the health of the planet and their communities.
To provide a sustainable menu provides many benefits:
Easily changeable with the season
Save costs with plant based dishes
Increase profit with better meat
Stand out from the competition
Keep up with social trends
Cater to new costumers
Stable, profitable business
Revive the local economy
Varied and delicious dishes
Positive, restorative impact on local community and global environment
In addition to a growing number of established customers, the younger generation cares about the environment and how people are treated, contributing to strong trends in eco-friendly products and services. Since one in three meals are eaten out of home, you as a restaurateur can have a real impact on the health of your community and environment through the meals you serve.
It is easy to mirror your sustainability philosophy on your menu. There are several steps that can help you.
Generally, this is an indication for them of good quality and well controlled stock. It also gives you the opportunity to use more seasonal products and be closer to the producer. When working on a more sustainable menu you can easily adapt to societal eating trends and attract consumers that are more aware of the impact that their eating has, on the environment. Conscious proteins e.g. include conventional proteins obtained from animals that were raised to high welfare standards as well as alternative protein from plant sources.