Selling surplus food just got easy
Do you run a food and drink business in Leeds - and are you interested in how you can cut down on waste?
We recently hosted a conversation with Caroline Conroy, from Too Good To Go - for a conversation where we found out more about their app that makes it easy for businesses to sell on any surplus food that they have at the end of the day. You can catch up with the conversation below or click here.
The basic concept is that you offer people the opportunity to buy a "Magic Bag" - at the time of day that suits you (perhaps an hour before closing time).
The Magic Bag idea reflects the fact that you'll never know exactly what you'll have left over - so potential customers are primed to expect the unexpected - ie whatever you've got left. On the app you can give an idea of what's in a typical bag - if you run a food business you're likely to know the kinds of things that are sometimes left over at the end of the day.
The main rule is that the price of what's in the bag has to be no more than one third of its full retail value - to make sure that potential customers know that they're getting a bargain.
Caroline was joined by Laura, General Manager at one of our favourite coffee shops, North Star Coffee Shop at Leeds Dock.
We know the people behind North Star well and we know that sustainability is very much at the heart of what they do. And they work hard to not have much food waste in the first place - through careful menu design and preparation of fresh food every day.
But it's inevitable - particularly for bakery products with a one day shelf-life - that there will be some food left over at the end of the day - particularly in the challenging times that food and drink businesses are currently operating in. So Too Good To Go gives them an easy option for getting rid of any surplus food at the end of the day.
If you run a business in Leeds and would like to find out more about how to sign up on the Too Good To Go app, you can find get in touch with Caroline at Too Good To Go here.
And of course, if you're a customer who likes to do your bit to cut down on food waste, and likes a bargain - then why not download the Too Good To Go app and find out what you can find near you?