Rapidly expanding for the benefit of consumers and grocers
MONTREAL, Dec. 13, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - Start-up FoodHero is accelerating its growth strategy within Quebec grocery stores by launching a pilot project at five Metro locations in Montreal: Metro Morgan, Metro Plus Dorion Sainte-Catherine, Metro Plus Domaine, Metro Plus de la Montagne and Metro Plus Anjou.
It took 18 months to develop the anti-food waste app, which lets Quebecers enjoy significant savings on a wide variety of unsold products that are still fresh and perfectly good to eat. The concept is simple, yet effective: shoppers save up to 60% on unsold groceries, while grocers move these products and avoid the economic and environmental costs (in terms of CO2 emissions) generated by handling and transporting unsold goods to landfill sites.
The FoodHero app reached 200,000 downloads within the past few weeks, which clearly speaks to the high level of interest toward food waste reduction tools. "It's a major concern not only for grocers, but also for consumers," said Jonathan Defoy, FoodHero founder. "Here we really have a solution that can make the biggest impact, and we're thrilled that Metro is adding FoodHero to its existing anti-food waste initiatives."
Since the program started, over seven tons of CO2 emissions have been avoided. This figure is set to rise sharply in the coming months, as hundreds of stores have continued to join the program after it launched last May.
FoodHero: saving on groceries while fighting food waste
The FoodHero anti-food waste app is free and easy to use. Shoppers simply locate their nearest participating grocery store, fill their in-app shopping cart as desired and pick up their order when it's convenient during the selected store's business hours. The app features unsold products that are still perfectly good to eat, at prices marked down by 25 to 60%. New deals are added every day on a variety of foods, including meat and fish, fruits and vegetables, dairy products, eggs and even ready-made meals. Grocers and users can track their impact on food waste reduction in real time, as measured in kilograms of food and CO2 emissions avoided, while also seeing how much money they've saved. Based on the average weekly transactions of its active users, FoodHero estimates that shoppers can save up to $1,500 a year.
"We're interested in working with all grocery stores looking to reduce food waste," said Defoy. "We're already in talks with certain major U.S. players who want to introduce the app within their chains. In other words, we've set our sights on the international market."
FoodHero is a start-up founded by Jonathan Defoy, a serial entrepreneur with nearly 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is supported by Alain Brisebois, a strategic advisor who has held several senior management positions at major retailers in the food industry. It took almost 18 months to develop this comprehensive solution. In addition to offering discounted products at participating retailers, FoodHero also calculates the CO2 "savings" achieved by avoiding residual waste using a scientific formula validated by a firm with recognized expertise in renewable energy. FoodHero is now available at nearly 200 grocery stores across Quebec. For more information: FoodHero.com
For further information: To obtain visuals or to schedule an interview: Valérie Lavoie, Consultant, Massy Forget Langlois Public Relations, 514-842-2455, ext. 21, [email protected]