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App catalogues surplus supermarket food in real time

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: July 10th, 2019

An app designed by a University of Dundee student to reduce food waste by listing surplus grocery story items in real time is looking to secure a place at a prestigious sustainability competition and attract investment to catalyse its growth.

Foodito, the mobile app developed by second-year student Donavere Benjamin-Mohan and a team of fellow students from across the UK, wants to revolutionize supermarket shopping by informing customers when overstocked items go on sale. It is now looking to succeed in an online public vote to get to the next stage of the Global Startup Weekend Sustainable Revolution.

The app competing against 52 other regions in the contest, including the U.S., France, India and Peru, and Benjamin-Mohan says any votes cast by this Saturday could help his team secure a spot at the ChangeNow Summit 2020 final in Paris.

“Supermarkets currently waste around £43 billion worth of food every year [globally], whilst at the same time around 36 million people each year die of starvation,” he said. “Our app creates a radical, affordable, yet sustainable way of shopping to prevent food waste in supermarkets. By giving power back to the customer, we hope to reduce food waste, increase the sale of reduced items and help nurture a viable alternative to having to rely on foodbanks.”

On top of the competition, Benjamin-Mohan would like to attract investment that could see Foodito become a “must-have” app.

Source: The Scotsman

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