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Kai Keepers, presented by Restaurant Association NZ and Edge Impact

Be part of afood waste movement

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Each year, Aotearoa’s cafes and restaurants generate nearly 25,000 tonnes of food waste, and a shocking 61% of it is entirely avoidable. When this food goes to landfill, it’s a wasted opportunity to advance sustainability for the hospitality industry and improve financial outcomes for operators.

In 2024 to tackle this pressing issue and provide the data insights to drive awareness and action across our industry, the Restaurant Association, in conjunction with Edge Impact, is launching Kai Keepers, a groundbreaking pilot aiming to change food waste monitoring and outcomes for cafes and restaurants, initially for pilot participants throughout the Auckland and Bay of Plenty regions.

Kai Keepers’ transformative pilot will also help inform a nationwide programme roll out, so that every food business in Aotearoa can be part of the food waste movement. 

Calling food businesses in Auckland & Bay of Plenty

Are you looking at ways to reduce your food cost? Want to know how to reduce waste, reduce your costs, and prioritize sustainability?

Whether you’re looking to dive deep into the sources of your waste or take steps towards a greener, more cost-effective operation, this is your chance! Through the Kai Keepers pilot we’ll help hospitality businesses to address and make changes to reduce their food waste, advancing their sustainability commitments and introducing cost benefits to the business. 

Kai Keeper FaQ’s

Welcome to the hub of knowledge for our Kai Keepers pilot programme! Uncover all the answers to your frequently asked questions.

Whether you’re seeking insights on what is involved if you’re involved in the pilot, the different phases of the pilot, or troubleshooting common challenges, you’ll find the guidance you need.

We understand the importance of reducing food waste, and our aim is to support you every step of the way as we work together towards a more sustainable future.

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Kai Keepers isn't just a programme; it's a commitment to sustainability, efficiency, and progress in our hospitality industry. Through Kai Keepers, we're not only measuring food waste; we're measuring our impact on the future.


- Marisa Bidois, CEO Restaurant Association of NZ.

With Kai Keepers we are setting a new standard in environmental responsibility, moving towards a future where sustainability is integral to every aspect of industry practice.


- Jonas Bengtsson, CEO Edge Impact.

Being a Kai Keeper is a game-changer for us. We're all in; it's about doing what's right for our planet and our bottom line.


- Kai Keeper, Cafe owner, Auckland

Kai News

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Food costs continue to rate as one of the hospitality industry’s biggest concerns and we frequently get calls from members looking for advice on ways to reduce them. Here are some tips.

Be part of a food  waste movement

Be a Kai Keeper and keep our food where it belongs. Less for landfills, more for mouths. Click below to sign up today.