Recently, Starbucks announced it would actively start working to reduce food waste at its restaurants, but the coffee giant is apparently not the only one aiming to reduce the amount of food we throw away. The following seven start-ups of recent creation based their business precisely on the reduction of food waste:
Imperfect Produce buys ugly fruits and vegetables that do not live up to the most common standards and would therefore end up discarded. The fruits and vegetables are then sold at much lower prices than at regular grocery stores and are bought by people who are prepared to consume fruits and vegetables with a slightly different look.
Via its website, the company connects producers selling fruits and vegetables that fail to meet the required cosmetic standards with potential buyers, such as restaurants, juice bars and catering companies. During its first month in business, it carried out over 100 transactions.
Copia is an app aimed at companies who work with food. The company can request a car, or "food hero", as called in the app, which will pick up and deliver leftover food to shelters.
With the Mintscraps app, restaurants have the ability to monitor an reduce their food waste.
The app connects buyers with sources of unsold food at a reduced price. It thus helps retailers and restaurants to reduce their food waste. Moreover, it enables food consumers to buy edible food at a lower price.
Rescued is strategically located in Helsingborg, Sweden's largest fruit import city. The start-up produces jam and juice from ripe fruit that is expected to be overripe before reaching the store. Rescued first started only with jam, but after a while they realised that a disproportionate amount of marmalade would be made from all the fruit they saved. Therefore, they expanded the product portfolio and started making juice.
Re-Nuble collaborates with restaurants and agriculture. They take old food from restaurants and transform it into liquid fertilizers. By combining food scraps and plant-based additives, they obtain a fully organic fertilizer.