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LAUNCHING SOON IN MELBOURNE: TOO GOOD TO GO GEARS UP TO HELP EVERYONE IN AUSTRALIA MAKE A DIFFERENCE FIGHTING FOOD WASTE

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  • Active in 17 countries, Too Good To Go operates the world’s largest marketplace for surplus food, with 90 million registered users and 155,000 active business partners.
  • Too Good To Go are currently building a local team in Melbourne, with the aim to help Australians and local businesses make the most of surplus food, avoiding unnecessary waste. 
  • In 2021, the National Food Waste Baseline reported that Australia produces 7.6 million tonnes of food waste per year; equivalent to 312 kg per capita.
  • Food waste contributes to 10% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide (WWF, 2021), and according to Project Drawdown, reducing food waste is the number one action people can take to help tackle climate change.

Too Good To Go announces that it’s coming to Australia with a launch that will start in Melbourne. The Danish-born social impact company is already in the process of recruiting a strong local team, with the aim to help households and businesses across the country reduce food waste, thereby making a considerable positive impact on both the local economy and the environment.

In 2017 the Australian Federal Government published the National Food Waste Strategy, to support and stimulate collective action towards reducing food waste. They outlined the country’s commitment to halving Australia’s annual food waste by 2030, in line with United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 (SDG 12.3).

Building a strong team in Melbourne

“We are a mission-driven company and are immensely excited about our upcoming launch in Australia,” says Ms Mette Lykke, CEO of Too Good To Go. “We dream of a planet with no food waste, and Australia plays a powerful, positive role in that vision. They have clear and ambitious goals. That’s why we are in the process of building a strong, talented local team, headquartered in Melbourne. We look forward to working closely with local retailers and the foodservice industry to help them make the most of their invaluable food.”

A Win-Win-Win for people, profit and planet

The Too Good To Go app is a free mobile marketplace where retailers, restaurants, bakeries and cafes can sell their surplus, preventing their good food from going to waste. Users of the app save ‘Too Good To Go Surprise Bags’, getting delicious unsold food at half of the original price or less. Too Good To Go’s proposition is a true Win-Win-Win solution: Businesses unlock value from their surplus and avoid food waste; At the same time, users enjoy great value for money, while making a real, tangible difference to help tackle climate change.

312 kg of food per capita – wasted every year

“Food waste is a big challenge and a huge opportunity,” concludes Lykke. “According to the Food and Agribusiness Growth Centre (FIAL), food waste is responsible for 3% of Australia’s annual carbon emissions, and its cost to the Australian economy is $36.6 billion. 70% of that is edible food. Imagine if we could utilise this resource, and enjoy it as it was produced for; then we give a big boost to the economy, and make a real positive impact on the environment.”

 An ambition to halve Australian food waste by 2030

The Australian federal government has made a big commitment: To halve its annual food waste by 2030. Subsequently, in 2020 FIAL published a roadmap to fulfil this goal. “It is ambitious, but feasible,” says Joost Rietveld, Country Director for Too Good To Go Australia.

Rietveld adds: “We need to work together, and rally around innovative ways to make the most of good food that is currently going to waste. Whether it is at the start or at the end of the food supply chain, we have an opportunity to demonstrate to the rest of the world that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are attainable; especially when you embrace the determination and open-minded, positive spirit that Australians are renowned for.”

About Too Good To Go

Too Good To Go is a certified B Corp social impact company, on a mission to inspire and empower everyone to fight food waste together. Since its launch in 2016, Too Good To Go has helped to save over 300 million meals from going to waste, the equivalent to avoiding 810,000 tonnes of CO2e, 243 billion litres of unnecessary water use, and 840 million m2 of annual land use.

With 90 million registered users and 155,000 active partners across 17 countries, Too Good To Go operates the world’s largest marketplace for surplus food. The company also offers Too Good To Go Platform: an AI-powered end-to-end solution for retailers, with modular software that seamlessly tracks and redistributes surplus food.

For open roles at Too Good To Go Australia, please see the Too Good To Go Careers page.

 

 

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