The Waste Biz: Restaurant Food Waste Management Technology Receives Seed Funding

better food waste management for restaurants

If you’ve ever spent any time at all in a restaurant kitchen, you know things move fast. There should be a very good reason for any task added to the workload, and it better not take much time! So, food waste management often gets overlooked: taking the time to measure what’s going into the trash slows down everything else. But seeing how food waste costs these businesses money – £2.5 billion ($3.95 billion US) annually in the UK alone – reducing it represents an environmental and economic imperative.

British startup Winnow knows that measuring food waste is key to managing it, and has developed a smart meter and computer app that work within the fast pace of a commercial kitchen. Take a look at their overview of their product:

Sounds like a winner, huh? The early results are impressive: “…the startup claims that since launching in May 2013 the Winnow smart meter, which is currently active in over 100 sites, has saved caterers, hotels, schools and restaurants over £1 million in reduced annual costs, or typically a 2-6 percent improvement in gross margins.” So, it’s not surprising that investors like Mustard Seed’s Social Investment Fund see Winnow as a good bet, and have invested $900,000 in seed funding.

Used the Winnow system? Or know of other technology for restaurant food waste management? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments.

In other waste biz news:

Dell leads the pack on computer plastic recycling: Texas-based computer company Dell is leading the industry in incorporating recovered plastic into new units: according to Waste360, “From last July through March, the company has incorporated 2.89 million pounds of that plastic e-waste into its OptiPlex 3030 All-in-One, OptiPlex 3020 and 13 other desktops and monitors.”

Waste, recycling industries create economic growth in Ohio: According to a new report from the Ohio Chapter of the National Waste & Recycling Association, “the industry generates nearly $6.7 billion in direct, indirect and payroll-induced economic activity.” Not bad… would love to know how much of that is reuse and recycling-related vs. dumping. (via Waste Dive)

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