Swire Pacific Challenge: Reduce Food Waste from Commercial Food Preparation

Cathay Pacific Catering Services (H.K.) Ltd. (CPCS) is one of the largest flight kitchens in the world.

With over 50 years of experience in the airline catering industry, CPCS is renowned as a reputable caterer, especially having moved into its state-of-the-art facility at the Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok. As part of a commitment to sustainability, the business now needs a partner dedicated to reducing solid waste through a wide range of possible solutions. Find out more

What You Need to Know

The Challenge

To monitor and reduce the food waste associated with the commercial food preparation process across the production stages, sourcing, and storage.

In 2020, CPCS cooked and delivered around 4.6M meals, which involved more than 3,000 different raw materials. We lack an effective and efficient system to track and reduce material usage.

We are looking for innovation in areas such as, but not limited to, In-kitchen waste monitoring, Food inventory tracking and optimization, Automated waste auditing, Order optimization, Food quality monitoring at point of delivery, Produce re-sale channels.

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The Oppportunity

Swire Pacific’s Sustainable Development Fund, an annual HK$100 million fund, seeks primarily to fund proof of concept pilots of innovative technologies and approaches that, when scaled up more widely within the group’s various operations, have the potential to significantly positively impact environmental performance of operating companies.

The innovator chosen for a pilot project aimed at solving the challenge presented here, will be awarded full funding for that pilot after final approval of the suggested pilot by the SD Fund committee. If results are successful, this partner may have the opportunity to scale their solution across the operating company’s operations and, where applicable, across Swire’s portfolio of companies in Property, Aviation, Beverages, Marine Services and Trading & Industrial.


  • Application Open: 19 April 2021 – Apply Now
  • Application Close: 21 May 2021
  • Shortlist Selection : 4 June 2021
  • Finalists Pitch (virtually): 14 June – 25 June 2021

Find out more about the fund and the selection criteria

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About Swire Pacific

Swire Pacific is a Hong Kong based international conglomerate with a diversified portfolio of market leading businesses. The Company has a long history in Greater China, where the name Swire or 太古 has been established for over 150 years.

Our aims are to deliver sustainable growth in shareholder value, achieved through sound returns on equity over the long term, and to return value to shareholders through sustainable growth in ordinary dividends.