To mark Stop Food Waste Day, Gander is calling on consumers to do their bit to help combat the global problem of food going to waste. Stop Food Waste Day is an international day of action that shines a light on the growing issue of food wastage and wants to inform consumers how simple steps can make a positive impact.
From buying only what you will need and will use, to planning ahead, keeping a track of what you’ve bought and used to date, to embracing scraps and loving your freezer; all these steps can help tackle this issue.
Research by the Compass Group PLC; who created Stop Food Waste Day in 2017; showed that 25% of the food wasted globally could feed all 795 million undernourished people in the world. A number that is not decreasing but spilling in the wrong direction.
It is these hard-hitting facts that has driven the vision behind Gander, a world first mobile app empowering consumers to reduce food waste and save money on their weekly food bill and retailers to reduce wastage of good foods on the shelves. Gander displays ‘reduced to clear’ food products in real-time. When that item is sold it is automatically removed from the app, providing an instant feed of all reductions in-store at any time making it simple and effective for the shopper to ensure less food goes to waste.
To date, Gander has successfully saved 1.7 million food items from going to waste, equivalent to 1,800 tonnes of Co2 since its launch; but is using its voice to educate people more about the growing crisis and calling for them to take simple changes to how they buy and cook food to reduce waste. In fact, the severity of food wastage has been brought into even sharper focus by the Covid-19 pandemic, with statistics showing that roughly one-third of the food produced globally is either lost or wasted every year.
Speaking on the importance of the platform Stop Food Waste Day presents, Ashley Osborne, one of the founders of Gander says: “Environmentally, food waste is a crisis and is one of today’s growing issues with forecasts indicating a substantial increase by 2030 unless serious action is taken. Worst still, a significant proportion of this waste is completely avoidable. A yellow label doesn’t mean the food lacks the same great taste and versality when it comes to cooking family favourite dishes. We would encourage all consumers to make more sustainable shopping decisions and be more inventive with their food prep, to limit wastage. At Gander we advocate only buying what you need in store or buying reduced food to either eat that day or freezing for future use. If more and more people embraced these small steps, we can all collectively make a positive impact.”
Around 1 million products are displayed on the Gander app per month, with around 87% of yellow-label items being sold amongst participating stores. Gander integrates with most Point of Sale (“POS”) systems (or other retailer data feeds) to push the reduced food products to the mobile app, asm soon as they are stickered in-store. Similarly, when that item is sold it is automatically removed from the app, providing a REAL time feed of all reductions in-store at any time to the customers locally.
The app, which recently achieved 100,000 downloads is available to download for free via the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.