App launched in Edmonton that aims to reduce restaurant food waste and save money – Edmonton

A new app in Edmonton aims to help reduce food waste and get meals into the hands of hungry customers at a cheaper price.

Too Good To Go is a food rescue cellphone app that allows restaurants to list foods — typically surplus items that can’t be sold until the end of the day — at a lower price. It was officially launched in Edmonton on May 18.

Sam Kashani, director of Canadian operations for Too Good To Go, said local businesses, local consumers and the planet are all able to “win” with the model.

“Essentially everything on our app is one-third the regular price,” he said. “And more importantly, being a social impact business, the planet wins because we save food that is perfectly edible and doesn’t end up in the trash.”

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More than 100 businesses – mostly restaurants and convenience stores – have already joined the app in Edmonton. One such company is Neo Juicery.

“Our food waste is basically all the juice that didn’t sell and where it is on the last day,” said Neo Juicery co-founder Kareena Patal. “People will get this surprise bag of a variety of juices we make.”

There is no cost to use the app other than payment for food, which is then picked up directly by the customer from the business.

The lists available in Edmonton are “goodbye bag” or “prepared meals,” meaning customers won’t necessarily be able to choose what they get from each restaurant.

Patal said the idea behind the app has created more opportunities for his company to further reduce waste.

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“When we make juices, there’s always a little difference in yield at the end of each production run,” she said. “Because sometimes the produce is a bit juicier than other times.

“So there’s 10ml to 50ml per juice that we end up making extra and we can’t really fill a bottle with that,” Patal said.

“So now we’ve been able to combine that as a cocktail, a surprise cocktail every time…it’s a product that we’ve been able to offer exclusively in the magic bags with Too Good To Go.”

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Edmonton will be the sixth Canadian city in which Too Good To Go will take place, along with Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Quebec.

According to the company, it has helped more than 2,500 businesses save nearly hundreds of thousands of meals from the trash since its launch in the summer of 2021.

“In Canada, to date, we’ve saved over 400,000 meals,” Kashani said.

“It’s crazy to think about it. These 400,000 meals that otherwise would have ended up in the trash.

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Kashani said he expects Edmonton to see more restaurants join the app in the coming weeks.

Flashfood, which aims to help customers connect with budget-friendly foods that may be about to expire in grocery stores, is a similar app that has been operating in the Edmonton area since 2019.

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