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BANGKOK (NNT) - Thai Airways International has joined the Food Waste Management program initiated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (MSDHS) to minimize waste in food production, as the world is now faced with 1.3 billion tons of unmanageable food waste each year.

 

The Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Warawut Silpa-archa, and the Minister of Transport Saksayam Chidchob have announced the start of the Food Waste Management program to help reduce waste. The program is supported by Food Innopolis, the National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thai Airways International, and Thai Smile Airways.

 

The Minister of Transport said today that Thai Airways will improve its food production lines and supply chain management to reduce unnecessary waste, starting with ingredient sourcing, meal planning, cooking processes, and cabin loading.

 

The airline is working to reduce cabin waste and regulate the nmber of meals loaded onto each flight to minimize leftovers which often go to waste. Thai Airways has developed a Pre-Selected Menu option for passengers to book their meal preferences in advance, which will be introduced on Thai Airways operated flights to and from European destinations this year, and further extended to all flights next year.

 

The airline expects this new service will help reduce by 20 percent the number of unwanted meals onboard, reduce 400 kilograms of ingredients daily, and saving 20 million baht each year.

 

The Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment says food waste is a pressing social issue yet to be properly managed, and can be a major source of greenhouse gas emission. The United Nations has estimated that 1.3 billion tons or one third of all food manufactured each year goes to waste, leading to one of the Sustainable Development Goals being to cut down of food waste by half by 2030.

 

In Thailand, food waste from consumed and unconsumed food accounts to 33-50 percent of all waste. The MSDHS aims to deploy innovations to help reduce food waste, such as by analyzing the ingredients used by airlines to produce meals and finding suitable technology to improve efficiency and reduce waste during the manufacturing process. Such technologies include a tool that can determine the ripeness of fruit, which can tell acurately at what stage most of the fruit can be used for cooking, reducing the discard rate which would have become waste.

 

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Thatll  fix  the airline, im already  planning to  book with them now  they have seriously dealt  with their  issues................hoorah!

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Easy, just become the budjet airline they often feel like, with the exception of the drinks trolley. Food in economy has become pretty average anyway, so reduce prices etc and legitimise what they have been doing for years

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

Thai Airways International has joined the Food Waste Management program initiated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (MSDHS) to minimize waste in food production, as the world is now faced with 1.3 billion tons of unmanageable food waste each year.

Boggle the minds that only now Thai found the inclenations and light bulb went on to try to reduce wastage in their operations, i mean controlling wastage is one of the things to do when you run any small or large operations it like Duh, what? you haven't got that under control already? but this is Thai...

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I wonder what happens to complete unconsumed meals? Could they not be given to a food bank for the public to collect? Do food banks exist in Thailand?

 

How about food waste from partly consumed meals, where does that go at present? I would have thought it could be given to farm animals to eat. (I do mean those in the fields, not the ones looking after them)

 

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3 minutes ago, bluesofa said:

I wonder what happens to complete unconsumed meals? Could they not be given to a food bank for the public to collect? Do food banks exist in Thailand?

 

How about food waste from partly consumed meals, where does that go at present? I would have thought it could be given to farm animals to eat. (I do mean those in the fields, not the ones looking after them)

 

What the h@ll do you have against farm animals?  I for one don't want to  be eating animals that has been feed waste.   It's up to the airlines to start serving food that people want to eat. 

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Yesterday on my Thai Airways flight they did not have enough vegetarian meals. Maybe by failing to provide their customers with a meal is their new way of reducing food waste.

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1 hour ago, ChipButty said:

It's all garbage

What???....You can't talk about Thai Airways food like that!

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30 minutes ago, Grumpy John said:

What the h@ll do you have against farm animals?  I for one don't want to  be eating animals that has been feed waste.   It's up to the airlines to start serving food that people want to eat. 

Ah, you only want to eat the ones which were fed the complete first-class meals. That's very ethical.

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Best regards to the boys in menu planning and the catering. Look on how much of your <deleted> food is returned when you clear the trays of incoming flights, where you provided the food. 

Less could be more, be it food as well as the avalanche of waste. Flew domestically on a TG flight operated by WE (Thai Smile), was given a solid paper bag with proper string handles containing a refreshment towel, a plastic bottle (specially packed) of RO water, a specially packed and inside plastic wrapped funny little blueish toast. Nobody left and right ate it and returned it with a disgusting look into the paper bag. Don’t tell me that you recycle the paper - all waste, from food to packaging! 

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10 minutes ago, Sydebolle said:

Best regards to the boys in menu planning and the catering. Look on how much of your <deleted> food is returned when you clear the trays of incoming flights, where you provided the food. 

Less could be more, be it food as well as the avalanche of waste. Flew domestically on a TG flight operated by WE (Thai Smile), was given a solid paper bag with proper string handles containing a refreshment towel, a plastic bottle (specially packed) of RO water, a specially packed and inside plastic wrapped funny little blueish toast. Nobody left and right ate it and returned it with a disgusting look into the paper bag. Don’t tell me that you recycle the paper - all waste, from food to packaging! 

Didn't some airline staff used to ask if you wanted a towel, then if confirmed proceeded to give you a warm towel?

That would reduce waste, but be slightly more time consuming.

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