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EJ Catering

A popular catering company is saving £14,000 a year thanks to WRAP Cymru support.

EJ Catering has been supplying unique and bespoke catering services to corporate functions, events and weddings throughout the UK for years, led by Cordon Bleu-trained chef Emma Jenkins. In 2013 alone, the company played an integral catering role at more than 300 events. But as the business has grown, so too has the waste it produces. Thanks to WRAP Cymru,
the company has now slashed its waste in half and is saving thousands of pounds a year.

EJ Catering contacted WRAP Cymru after attending a food festival that had seen poor attendance due to bad weather, which meant that much of the food, drink and ingredients bought along remained unsold and had to be disposed of. In Emma’s own words: “It broke my heart. The waste was hideous and the financial cost to me was great.”

WRAP Cymru got to work by first appointing an industry specialist to work with the company. The specialist spent time with EJ Catering both in the office and out and about at events, in order to get a clear picture of how the business works and to determine exactly how much waste was being generated. This waste audit and review revealed that EJ Catering produced 15 tonnes of waste per year, and that eight tonnes of this could be prevented.

In addition to some recommendations about the way the business was run on a day-to-day basis, the specialist suggested investing in a refrigerated van, which would reduce the bulk of the excess waste by 7.9 tonnes, resulting in up to £14,000 per annum in savings for the company. A WRAP Cymru capital grant provided £7,200 towards the cost of the van, with EJ Catering contributing £5,000.

Not only has the van helped to reduce waste, but it’s given the business a competitive edge, too. EJ Catering is now able to offer a drinks-chilling service, which means clients no longer need to hire additional fridges for their events, and their greater flexibility means the company is able to pursue more varied catering opportunities.

“We really enjoyed working with WRAP Cymru,” says Emma. “They were really easy to work with, and did nearly all the work in accessing the money we needed to make the investment in the van. The van has become an invaluable member of our team and has allowed us to grow in the capacity of the work we can take on.”

Emma adds that simply being involved with WRAP Cymru has made her company more conscious of the waste they generate. “Now we know how to monitor it we’re much more aware of it, and that in itself is helping reduce the amount we create.”