Two Australian food wastage start-ups take the cake

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 20th February 2017

Two Australian start-ups are tackling food wastage in Australia.

Australian Food News looks at the case studies of RipeNear.Me and Yume:

Unilever Continental teams up with RipeNear.Me

Unilever’s Continental brand has teamed up with an Australian start-up to help reduce food wastage.

Continental is now working with RipeNear.Me, a app and website which lets users type in their postcode and find fresh produce near their home. Whilst some of the produce is listed for sale, others are offered for free in hopes of stopping it go to waste. Other produce is offered in exchange for volunteer hours spent working in community gardens.

Consumers can now visit the Continental website and look up one of its products, then use RipeNear.Me to find the food they will need to make their meal. The RipeNear.Me app and site also suggests Continental products which can be used to make meals out of found food.

Trusha Madhoo, Marketing Manager for Continental, said the partnership means its consumers can support local growers, as well as add flavour to their dishes.

“It’s also part of or mission to grow responsibly and positively impact our planet as wells as helping to eliminate surplus home-grown produce,” Madhoo said.

The partnership comes after Unilever announced in January 2017 that all of its plastic packaging will be either fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

Yume receives funding from big backers

The Yume app was launched in May 2015 and provides a platform for companies to sell any excess food at 50 per cent of what it would normally be sold for.

The app, which was spear-headed by Katy Barfield, is today receiving funding from the likes of The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and The Myer Foundation, reports The Australian.

The same report cites that Yume may even consider floating on the Australian Securities Exchange one day.

Food sold through Yume includes meat, poultry, fruit and vegetables, snacks and bars, pre-prepared meals and more.


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