App That Helps Combat Food Waste Launches in Calgary

Used by over 110 Calgary businesses, Too Good To Go helps restaurants, grocery stores and other food vendors sell leftover products at discounted rates instead of throwing them away.

Photograph courtesy of Too Good To Go.

Too Good To Go, a Copenhagen-based app that helps restaurants and food businesses combat food waste, has officially launched in Calgary.

According to Too Good To Go, up to 40 per cent of all food becomes waste. This puts huge pressure on food producers to produce more and puts pressure on landfills, which ultimately contributes to global greenhouse gas emissions.

To help with this, the app features participating restaurants, markets, grocery stores and other businesses who can post when they have leftover food products. These food products come in significantly discounted “surprise bags,” which may be filled with day-old baked goods, fresh produce, pizza, prepared meals, bubble tea and other items with a limited shelf life. When a customer purchases one of these bags, they are given a time for pickup. Prices currently hover between around $5 to $10 for a surprise bag.

More than 110 Calgary businesses have already signed on to the program, including Lina’s Italian Market, Freshslice Pizza, Patiserrie Du Soleil, Chunk’d, Thé Moon Tea House, Canela and more.

With this app, Too Good To Go hopes to create a “win-win-win solution” that benefits Calgary business owners, consumers and the planet.

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