Tag Archives: food waste

What to Know About FoodMaven, a New Food-Waste Start-up Backed by the Grocery Industry’s Top Players

Source: Grub Street NY

Some of the grocery industry’s biggest names are throwing serious money and support at a new food-waste start-up. Colorado-based FoodMaven announced today that it’s pocketed $8.6 million of Series A funding from a handful of backers, most notably Walmart’s billionaire heirs the Waltons. This follows recent …

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Parliament Proposes ‘Latte Levy’ to Curb England’s Cup Waste

Source: Grub Street NY

High-street coffee may be ethically sourced, but the British government says the unrecyclable cup it’s served in is an environmental scourge. The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee in Parliament wants a “latte levy” imposed on coffee cups — a move members believe will show citizens how much waste …

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London Will Start Powering Public Buses With Coffee Grounds

Source: Grub Street NY

Londoners’ coffee obsession could soon be fueling a third of the city’s buses. A company called Bio-Bean has found a way to power one of the world’s busiest transit systems with spent coffee grounds. With some help from Shell, the company has so far produced enough coffee-derived …

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This Organic, ‘Zero Waste’ Supermarket Doesn’t Sell Anything in Packages

Source: Grub Street NY

Here’s a guilt trip for the food-waste conscious: Do you even hand-grind your own nut butter into Mason jars, or are you still stuck recycling the empty plastic ones? If you do the latter, perhaps it’s time that you moved on to shopping at Earth.Food.Love, Britain’s only zero-waste …

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A California Distillery Is Making Vodka From Twinkies and Food Waste

Source: Grub Street NY

Those stunt vodka flavors that sound like they belong in the trash (bubblegum, smoked salmon, Cinnabon, etc.) now have an all-natural competitor: Vodka that actually is made from trash. Misadventure & Co., a distillery located in San Diego, has concocted a sustainable version of the liquor …

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Amazon’s Alexa Now Gives Tips on Food Waste

Source: Grub Street NY

Amazon has given its personal assistant Alexa a handy little upgrade — she now dispenses tips on how to quit wasting food, something you’re probably already guilty of doing today. Her new “Skill” (as voice-powered apps that run on an Echo are called) is part of Save the …

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Ikea Is Getting Serious About Cutting Food Waste

Source: Grub Street NY

The latest company to pledge its commitment to helping the world’s food-waste problem is also the company that probably made the bookshelf you had in your first apartment. Ikea has recently gone big on food, innovating its Ikea Restaurant arm, and now implementing a plan to curb food waste.

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Scraps, a new TV series about food waste, teams up with chef Steven Satterfield

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Steven Satterfield (L) and Sur la Table chef Joel GamoranPhotograph courtesy FYI Network/ “Scraps” Wait! Before you toss out your bacon grease, turnip stems, or lopsided blueberries, Sur La Table national chef Joel Gamoran wants you to think twice. In a new TV series for FYI Network, Scraps, Gamoran travels the country and meets with chefs who are passionate about ending excessive food waste. The chefs cook together, explaining creative ways to use ingredients you might have otherwise sent to the dump, and then serve up a grand meal with the finds. And this week on the series, Gamoran stops ...

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Here’s How New York Is Working to Revolutionize the Way the City Disposes of Food Waste

Source: Grub Street NY

New York always has some impossibly monumental city-improvement project in the works (hello, Hudson Yards and Second Avenue subway), but truly one of its more ambitious plans is to send zero waste to landfills by the year 2030. One of Mayor de Blasio’s big …

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Obama Just Gave a Big Speech on Food Policy

Source: Grub Street NY

President Obama has spent most of his post–White House time low-key chilling, but today he made his first speech to an international audience since exiting the White House, and it was at Seeds & Chips, an annual summit that looks at the intersection of food and …

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England’s Acclaimed Recycled-Bread Beer Is Coming to New York City

Source: Grub Street NY

About a third of America’s bread gets tossed out each day, but a pioneer in the fight against food waste is about to put some of it to far, far better use. Toast, Tristram Stuart’s celebrated British beer made from recycled loaves, is coming to New …

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Could a ‘Craigslist for Leftovers’ Be the Solution to the City’s Food-Waste Problem?

Source: Grub Street NY

A New York councilman has an ingenious plan that could help reduce the city’s not-so-insignificant contribution to the problem of food waste. As the Daily News reports, Rafael Espinal is introducing a bill today that would create a classifieds-style site where restaurants and supermarkets could …

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Just a Buck Invested in Reducing Food Waste Can Save Companies $14

Source: Grub Street NY

Strange as it might sound, one reason that over a billion tons of food are thrown out each year is that, somehow, businesses don’t see reducing waste as cost-effective. Too many restaurants, supermarkets, and hotels are “unaware or unsure of the impact” it has on their finances, as …

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Over Half of Food Waste Happens During Production — and MIT’s Working to Fix It

Source: Grub Street NY

There are countless approaches to fighting food waste right now: plans to turn tomatoes into electricity, an app to buy leftovers from restaurants, a Bourdain-backed documentary, and even an “avocado time machine.” One remaining misconception, though, is that over half of food …

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British Supermarket Chain Will Use Delivery Trucks Powered Entirely by Food Waste

Source: Grub Street NY

Upmarket British supermarket chain Waitrose is already one of Earth’s greenest. It hasn’t put any food waste into landfills since 2012, and last year it introduced gluten-free pastas that reuse the leftover scraps for the packaging. Its latest eco-friendly move, though, takes aim at …

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This Organic Edible Coating Can Quintuple the Shelf Life of Fruit

Source: Grub Street NY

A new all-natural, undetectable protective film invented by a California start-up could be a major game changer in the all-too-brief life of supermarket fruit. The product, made by a Santa Barbara biotech company called Apeel, promises to provide “imperceptible, edible barriers” that extend the shelf life …

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Another Food-Delivery Business Appears to Be Struggling

Source: Grub Street NY

More signs the meal-delivery business may be coming undone, beyond Blue Apron’s scaling issues and a lackluster industrywide attrition rate: Bloomberg reports today that Munchery, the hybrid service that both cooks and delivers meals and has reportedly been valued at

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New App Lets You Buy Cheap Leftovers When Restaurants Close

Source: Grub Street NY

Lots of people know food waste is a major problem. Far fewer actually want to consume sour milk or days-old bread. Thankfully, a new app could give guilt-racked citizens sort of the Goldilocks method: not too fresh, not too old, food waste that’s just right. It’s …

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Anthony Bourdain Will Produce a Documentary on Food Waste

Source: Grub Street NY

Anthony Bourdain is beefing up his IMDb page. Fresh off of publishing Appetites, his first cookbook in over a decade, word now comes, via Variety, that the Parts Unknown host will produce a documentary called Wasted! The Story of Food Waste. He’ll tackle the project with …

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Walmart Stores Caught Trashing Food That Hadn’t Even Expired Yet

Source: Grub Street NY

Believe it or not, the world’s largest grocer has actually made strides lately in eliminating food waste — this summer, it instituted a universal best-by label system in stores and now even sells ugly produce. Which is why this new investigation by the CBC must be …

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New Jersey Has a Bold Plan to Turn Supermarket Food Waste Into Energy

Source: Grub Street NY

A new proposal by Jersey lawmakers is poised to make the Garden State a serious player in the food-waste fight. Under a bill that’s moving through the legislature, restaurants, supermarkets, hospitals, and other establishments that produce considerable food waste (104 tons per year at first, then 52 tons …

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This ‘Avocado Time Machine’ Keeps Guacamole From Turning Brown

Source: Grub Street NY

Day-old guacamole is no longer the enemy: This new assembly-line-size contraption, called the Avocado Time Machine, purportedly keeps avocados green for up to ten days — roughly 100 million times longer than before — by blasting the fruit with pressurized steam that somehow “switches off” polyphenol…More »

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This App Lets Restaurants Easily Sell Unused Food

Source: Grub Street NY

Humans waste 1.3 billion tons of food per year, a considerable amount of which is the, frankly, still-delicious stuff restaurants toss at the end of the day — bread freshly baked that morning, chopped produce that didn’t get used, sauces, leftover soups, and so on. A new app…More »

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A New Start-Up Says It’s Solved Meal-Delivery Services’ Biggest Problem

Source: Grub Street NY

The bane of America’s meal-kit obsession is the tremendous amount of waste the deliveries create, and one company in the biz is rising fast thanks to a contraption it says eliminates this problem. As any Blue Apron or HelloFresh user can confirm, it’s not uncommon to…More »

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A New Start-Up Says It’s Solved Meal-Delivery Services’ Biggest Problem

Source: Grub Street NY

The bane of America’s meal-kit obsession is the tremendous amount of waste the deliveries create, and one company in the biz is rising fast thanks to a contraption it says eliminates this problem. As any Blue Apron or HelloFresh user can confirm, it’s not uncommon to…More »

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