Best of luck to Tallaght based business FoodCloud who are joining forces with Bia Food Initiative, the very successful operator of three large-scale food redistribution depots across Ireland which matches surplus food from food manufacturers and distributors to charities.
The new initiative, which is now known as FoodCloud Hubs was officially opened this week by Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar TD.
Food cloud, which was co-founded by Aoibheann O’Brien and Iseult Ward, connects businesses that have a surplus of food to charities in their communities and aims to create a one stop shop for the food and charity sector in Ireland for food redistribution thus vastly improving the efficiency of matching those who have too much food with those who have little.
Currently FoodCloud’s website allows business’ to upload details of their surplus food and the time period in which the food can be collected.
A text message is then sent automatically to a charity in the community who then collects it directly from the business
Food Cloud Hubs is a groundbreaking solution that will see 4,000 tonnes of food being saved from going to waste in Ireland and the UK in 2017.
Working together, FoodCloud and FoodCloud Hubs will offer businesses an integrated, ethical, sustainable and environmentally friendly solution to help them to process the estimated 400,000 tonnes of organic waste that is generated every year by the industrial food producing sector in Ireland.
Much of this food is not waste, but high quality-food that is wasted, due to order cancellations, mistakes in packing and other factors.
Speaking at the launch on Monday, Aoibheann O’Brien, a founder of FoodCloud and CEO of FoodCloud Hubs said:
“Ireland is a nation with a rich heritage in food and agriculture and is emerging as a global leader in sustainable food production.
“Reducing the amount of food we waste needs to be the first priority in ensuring a sustainable food supply chain.
“FoodCloud Hubs and FoodCloud joining forces will drive Ireland into a leadership position globally in providing solutions for surplus food and reflects the culmination of a vision to ensure that no good food goes to waste both in Ireland and internationally.”