Foodstuffs North Island deploys food-waste fighting app

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Foodstuffs North Island has trialled Whywaste, a stock management tool designed to help supermarkets reduce the amount of food that goes to waste.

The app is being tested throughout New World, Pak’nSave, and Four Square stores in the North Island, as part of Food Waste Action Week, a global campaign taking place from March 6–12 that aims to increase consumer awareness of food waste and change consumer behaviour.

According to Kym Samuels, owner and operator of New World Morrinsville, Whywaste has a lot of potential for supermarkets and has achieved good success in reducing food waste.

“Whywaste is great because it has increased our efficiency with our date-checking processes and is directly helping us reduce our food waste,” said Kym Samuels. 

“It’s freeing up time for the team and because it’s a daily process, it gets our people engaged, which makes it easier to assess how we’re doing.”

Foodstuffs North Island says the Whywaste trial is one of the proactive steps being taken to help achieve the company’s goal of achieving zero food waste by 2027.

The software offers a practical way to guarantee that food is not wasted and is consumed by clients.

Further reading: All Foodstuffs North Island stores now reopened after cyclone

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