Helping Reduce Food Waste
America wastes roughly 40 percent of its food. Of the estimated 125 to 160 billion pounds of food that goes to waste every year, much of it is perfectly edible and nutritious. Food is lost or wasted for a variety of reasons: bad weather, processing problems, overproduction and unstable markets cause food loss long before it arrives in a grocery store, while overbuying, poor planning and confusion over labels and safety contribute to food waste at stores and in homes. Food waste also has a staggering price tag, costing this country approximately $218 billion per year. Uneaten food also puts unneeded strain on the environment by wasting valuable resources like water and farmland. At a time when 12 percent of American households are food insecure, reducing food waste by just 15 percent could provide enough sustenance to feed more than 25 million people, annually.
The Winnow solution is a set of smart scales that lets food kitchen staff log what food is thrown away. The data is uploaded to the cloud and analyzed by Winnow's algorithm, and then through the tablet app food businesses are sent a tailored food waste recommendation report. It estimates an average cost saving of between $6,000- $7,000 per business, with an average cut in food waste of five tons a year – the weight of three London taxis. The project has worked with more than 60 businesses, ranging from burger, sushi and sandwich bars right up to fine dining.
Sierra Briscoe - https://www.linkedin.com/in/sierrabriscoe/
Winnow - https://www.winnowsolutions.com/
The Problem of Food Waste - https://foodprint.org/issues/the-problem-of-food-waste/