How can we make KERB Seven Dials Market be the most sustainable street food destination in London?
KERB are leaders in London’s street food scene, with five weekly outdoor markets. The latest addition to the stable is a permanent indoor site in Covent Garden’s iconic Seven Dials.
As part of a business-wide commitment to create a sustainable street food experience, KERB approached the SRA for its expert advice and support so that it could open the new flagship site in September 2019 with sustainability built in, alongside a plan to ensure all traders meet agreed sustainability standards over a set timetable which is ambitious but achievable. The SRA is working with KERB’s nearly 100 traders to provide tailored sustainability surveys, reports, resources and consultancy.
The British street food scene is booming, KERB is a market leader in London. While facing most of the same challenges as any other subsector of foodservice, street food is particularly prone to problems with plastic, packaging and food waste.
In light of these varying sustainability challenges, KERB approached the SRA seeking expert support with its latest and most ambitious project to date – the opening of its seven dials market in Covent Garden, London.
The first step in the partnership involved establishing KERB’s project, whilst understanding traders’ existing credentials and commitments across the SRA’s sustainability framework from waste to energy, and nutrition to pay.
Reports devised from the findings provided tangible actions for traders to work on to enhance their existing sustainability practices.
The SRA was then able to design tailored sustainability guidelines for vendors trading at the new seven dials site, to guide and monitor their social and environmental impact. Having established a set of guidelines and ongoing ambitious but achievable targets, the SRA will be working with KERB traders there throughout 2019-2020 to monitor progress and provide support to ensure they achieve those goals.
The SRA completed bespoke sustainability reports for 35 KERB traders.
The SRA provided mandatory guidelines which 15 KERB traders are following and working to exceed.