Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Sixth Gretzky

Every year I designate the Gretzky award to an individual or company that is skating to where the puck is going to be.  This year’s award is special.  The winner is Andrew Shakman, leader of a food waste prevention company that is making a significant difference in our country, LeanPath.  

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If you follow my blog, you know that I am appalledby the amount of food wasted in our country.  There is no one solution.  However, Andrew Shakman, co-founder/CEO of LeanPath has been on a mission to reduce food waste since he conceived the company (headquartered in Portland, Oregon) back in 1994.  LeanPath via technology has built tracking systems that assist foodservice operators to monitor and reduce food waste.  The outcome of LeanPath’s tools/services is noteworthy.

·         Their clients cut food waste in half and save 2-6 % on food purchases.

·         LeanPath’s tools steps up an operation’s efforts beyond composting by tracking and reducing pre-guest waste (overproduction, expired items, trimmings, etc.).

·         In the process, LeanPath helps food operators create a waste reduction culture.

Earlier I stated that this year’s award is special.  I first met Andrew back in 2007 at a conference.  Since then he has evolved from an industry connection into a personal friend.  However, what I find really special is how hard Andrew has worked at delivering his message and building LeanPath.  Candidly, to me he is as passionate today as when I first met him back in Washington D.C.

Andrew, congratulations on your vision!  LeanPath is definitely making a difference and skating to where the puck is going to be – a significant reduction in America’s food waste!


  1. I like the name of this award - and it's perfect for Andrew! Quoting the Sixth Gretzky himself... "Measuring is an act of prevention."