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Irish retailers fight against food waste

Written by Robert McHugh, on 24th Oct 2016. Edited on 25th Oct 2016 Posted in Agriculture

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FoodCloud Hubs has been officially opened by Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar today.
 
FoodCloud, the internationally acclaimed Irish social enterprise that pioneered the distribution of leading retailer’s surplus food to local charities, is 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.
 
Bia Food Initiative is now known as FoodCloud Hubs. Working together with FoodCloud they will now offer a solution for surplus food at every step of the supply chain.
 
This ground breaking solution 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.

Commenting on the announcement, Minister Varadkar said, "Robert Kennedy famously said some see the world as it is and ask 'why'. Others see the world as it might be and ask 'why not'. This is a great example of that philosophy in action. FoodCloud Hubs is possible because a network of businesses across Ireland made a decision to come together and ensure that good food is put to good use, rather than going to waste. In so doing, they are making a big difference to society."

Source: www.businessworld.ie

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