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This New App Is Tackling Food Waste by Hooking You Up with Cheap Eats

Help save the planet and enjoy restaurant quality grub for a fraction of the price.
By Stephen Heard
June 11, 2019
By Stephen Heard
June 11, 2019

One third of all food produced for human consumption is wasted in New Zealand. In cafes, restaurants and supermarkets across the country that amounts to 47,678 tonnes of food thrown away annually.

Sure you could go dumpster diving for lunch, but now there's an easier way to help save the planet, enjoy restaurant quality grub and support local businesses in the process. Foodprint is a new locally born mobile app connecting users to food retailers with surplus food. Aucklanders will be the first to utilise the app and purchase discounted food direct from cafes, restaurants and supermarkets before it's unnecessarily thrown out.

How it works: each day food retailers upload surplus food that is otherwise destined for the bin, at 50 percent the normal price. Customers order, make their purchase in-app, and collect their food directly from eateries. App users can also filter their search on dietary preference, price and proximity.

More than 50 eateries have already signed up with Foodprint, including Mexico, Ripe Deli, Bird on a Wire, &Sushi, Wise Boys Burgers and Little Bird Organics.

Foodprint founder Michal Garvey was inspired to start the business after working with a food start-up in London. The app has already seen her become a recipient of this year's Good Food Boost, a competition run by the Sustainable Business Network and ATEED, giving her the opportunity to work alongside some top industry leaders.

Foodprint is now available on iOS and Android. It is initially launching in Auckland and has plans to expand nationwide. For more information, visit

Published on June 11, 2019 by Stephen Heard


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