A survey released today has revealed that given the choice, 100% of foodservice businesses would choose to work with a procurement partner who help them easily identify sustainable products compared with those who don’t – proving that sustainable buying is now firmly set as a key priority.

The survey, conducted by digital procurement specialists, Acquire Services and leading sustainable publishers, Footprint, exposes the hospitality industry’s view on both sustainable and digital procurement.

The survey also found that using sustainable products was important to the majority of businesses (60%) and that 40% of businesses believe that it is also very important to their customers.

The staggering results reveal that there is a clear view that the hospitality industry want to buy in sustainable ways and invest in sustainable products and that it’s not only important for them as a business, but it also aligns to their customers core principles.

Not only is sustainability an increasing priority, but so is working with digital procurement specialists as 40% of those surveyed agree that the most efficient food service operations have embraced web-based management systems.

Ed Bevan of Acquire says: “We wanted to understand just how important sustainable procurement is to the foodservice industry.  It’s something we have invested heavily in for the past few years and wanted a clear indication on the focus of this moving forwards.  The results present a very clear message that the hospitality industry want to buy more sustainably, if they aren’t already.

“It’s an important lesson for the procurement sector – we need to ensure we’re responding to these needs to ensure we move with ever-changing procurement needs of our customers.  As the sustainability agenda continues to stride forward, as does the digital era, with increasing numbers of customers favouring e-buying, for a more efficient, easy process.”