Costa Diadema in Savona

Costa is joining forces with Winnow to fight food waste, according to a press release.

Winnow's mission is to help the hospitality industry tackle avoidable food waste by providing chefs and their staff with creative ways to run a more efficient operation, the company said.

"Costa finds Winnow to be a key partner that allows a 360-degree implementation of a sustainable approach to reducing food losses during the preparation process,” said Stefania Lallai, Sustainability and External Relations Director, Costa Crociere. “The partnership is in line with our commitment to offer the best dining experience to our guests. Winnow has a crucial role in the mapping and revision of processes onboard, as well as in the evolution and development of our food service system. We truly believe that together with Winnow we have the potential to change the culture in our kitchens, transforming the way the cruise line sector prepares food forever.”

The Costa Diadema already has a test program running, which will be rolled out fleet wide. 

“Costa Cruises immediately saw that Winnow could help them cut food waste in their kitchens and understood the benefit to the planet as well,” said Marc Zornes, CEO and co-founder of Winnow. “Tackling food waste is a huge opportunity for the sector and with the right tools can be transformative for the entire cruise line industry. We are inspired by Costa Cruises’ vision and are excited to support them in leading the industry on the issue of food waste.”

Galley teams will now use a touch screen tablet to identify what they’re throwing away. An electronic scale records the weight and sends a message to the user, giving the cost of the food they’ve put in the bin.

The meter is connected to cloud software which records the day’s waste, according to a statement, giving chefs the information necessary to drive improvements in their production processes.