Foodservice supplier wins Footprint Award for training programme to help customers become more sustainable

Brakes recognised at Foodservice Footprint Awards for sustainability training programme

Brakes was presented with the award at a ceremony in central London

Brakes has won the Stakeholder Engagement Award at the Footprint Awards for its sustainability training programme for UK staff.

The awards, which were presented at a ceremony in London on 13 June, recognise suatainability in the foodservice sector.

As part of the Brakes training programme, Britain’s leading foodservice wholesaler recently joined forces with the Knowledge Labs sustainability consultancy from tech firm Nutritics.

The initiative delivers bespoke training to Sysco colleagues so they can support foodservice customers in becoming more sustainable.

The programme contains eight modules, including key sustainability topics such as climate change, carbon footprinting, operational sustainability, healthy and sustainable diets, and food waste.

Additionally, Sysco GB’s 15 development chefs have received training to understand the main challenges for a sustainable food system at every stage of the food chain.

This includes advice on how to best produce and deliver more plant-forward, healthy and sustainable dishes.

CEO at Sysco GB, Paul Nieduszynski, said: “This award is fantastic recognition for our groundbreaking programme.”

He added: “We know that the food we sell is by far the biggest portion of our carbon footprint. We want to transform our sales teams into sustainability champions so that they can help customers to develop more sustainable menus.”

Other award winners included:

Waste Management and Reduction Award

Winner: The Wonki Collective

Highly Commended: KFC UK&I

Innovations in Packaging Award


Highly Commended: Tied – Apetito and Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

Sustainable Supplier Award

Winner: Wildfarmed – Ask Italian partnership

Highly Commended: Cauli Box  

Economic Sustainability Award

Winner: Azzurri Group

Highly Commended: Wyke Farms

Sustainability in Education Award

Winner: Chartwells

Highly Commended: Winnow

Sustainable Health in Hospitality Award

Winner: Eurest

Highly Commended: ISS Facilities Services

Energy Efficiency Award

Winner: Zero Carbon Forum

Highly Commended: CapEnergy

Sustainable Catering Equipment Manufacturer Award

Winner: Synergy Grill Technology

Highly Commended: Meiko UK

Social Impact and Diversity Award

Winner: Sodexo UK & Ireland

Highly Commended: Cardiff Council Education Catering

Higher Animal Welfare in Foodservice

Winner: The Jolly Hog

Highly Commended: Nestlé UK Milk Plan

Sustainable Use of Natural Resources Award

Winner: Nestlé Professional 

Highly Commended: Bidfood

The Special Achievement Award

Winner: Carolyn Ball, Compass Group