Levy wants to phase out its use of air freight

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Levy UK & Ireland, the hospitality firm which designs menus for top venues in Britain including Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the O2 Arena, and the All England Laws Tennis Club at Wimbledon, has abandoned the use of air cargo, reducing the ecological impact and focusing on more local products.

Levy UK + I, the sport and catering arm of Compass Group UK and Ireland, is planning to phase out air freight for deliveries to its venues to mark an important step towards its CO2-neutral ambitions.

The company pointed to International Transport Forum statistics which show that worldwide freight is responsible for more than 7% of all the world's emissions in total.

So Levy chefs will be using runner beans, asparagus, and seasonal berries to replace previously imported produce such as fine beans, South American asparagus, and aeronautical berries from all over the world.

Jon Davies, chief executive of Levy UK & Ireland, said: "It has long been our ambition as a company to divest from the use of airfreight in our procurement and supply chains.

Levy also said he remains fully committed to reducing food waste, restricting reliance on animal protein on all menus and encouraging a greater use of vegetable options throughout venues and dining spaces.