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Benugo trials carbon footprint labelling on in-store food menus

Benugo has partnered with London’s Natural History Museum to introduce carbon impact labelling to food menu items at its four locations in the world-famous museum

If the pilot is successful, Benugo intends to roll-out carbon labelling on its menu across further London sites | Photo credit: Benugo


London-based café and catering company Benugo has announced a partnership with the Natural History Museum to introduce carbon labelling for food items across its four cafés and restaurants at the museum. 

The carbon labelling system has been developed by food data management software provider Nutritics and categorises the carbon impact of menu items from A-E, with A being the most climate-friendly choice. 

If the pilot is successful, Benugo intends to roll-out carbon labelling on its menu across further London sites. 

Founded in 1998, Benugo currently operates 10 cafés across London, alongside a combination of permanent and temporary museum and national park locations across the UK, including the Science Museum, British Museum and the V&A. 

Benugo already serves carbon neutral coffee across all its outlets, following a partnership with UK-based environmental consultancy ClimatePartner. 

“We have been working on this project for some time and are proud to launch this scheme with Natural History Museum and Nutritics. We want to give our customers the option of making informed choices to reduce the carbon emissions associated with chilled food purchased from our sites at the museum. 

“Using the Nutritics Foodprint solution enables us to use software we already successfully deploy for our nutritional calculations. It allows us to treat carbon in the same way we treat a nutritional value, applying it to every food and drink item for which we have a recipe,” said Shane Kavanagh, Commercial Director, Benugo. 

Alongside its cafés and high footfall tourist locations, Benugo also serves coffee in some of most recognisable workplaces in the UK, including Amazon, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, Microsoft, Ministry of Justice, Nationwide, PWC, RBS & Virgin Atlantic.  

Reporting its financial results for the 12 months ending 29 December 2021, Benugo said sales increased 22% to reach £41m ($49m).  

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