Caffè Nero, the premium coffee house, and the world’s largest surplus food app, Too Good To Go, have announced that they have saved over 50,000 meals from going to waste.
Having initially launched in 24 stores in October 2019 and increasing to 123 stores in the past two years, the partnership expanded in February to cover all Caffè Nero’s UK stores. This expansion has already resulted in a 900% year-on-year growth in meals saved since last year.
The partnership means that Too Good To Go app users can prevent unsold food from going to waste across the Caffè Nero UK estate; from freshly baked pastries, salads and snack pots to paninis. Consumers simply download the free Too Good To Go app and search for nearby Caffè Nero stores with unsold produce due to go out of date that day. They then purchase a ‘Magic Bag’, collect it at an allotted time and enjoy it. The Magic Bag will include surplus food worth at least £10 (if purchased at full price) for £3.09.
Food waste is a huge contributor to climate change and if we are to reverse the effects of global warming, we need as many big brands as possible fighting alongside us
Since the partnership began in 2019, Too Good To Go and Caffè Nero have saved 50,000 Magic Bags of surplus food from going to waste. This means that over 125 tonnes CO2e has been saved – that’s the equivalent of charging 22,124,876 million smartphones.
Gerry Ford, Founder and CEO at The Caffè Nero Group commented: “Our accurate daily sales forecasting means we produce very little food waste per store each day, and finding a suitable home for what we do produce can be a challenge. Partnering with Too Good To Go was a solution which allows us to further minimise our waste and also benefit customers. We’re thrilled we have now expanded it across our entire UK estate.”
Paschalis Loucaides, UK Managing Director, Too Good To Go, said: “I’m really pleased to have Caffè Nero by our side in the fight against food waste. We’ve been able to have a huge impact together in the past two years and the expanded partnership showcases Caffè Nero’s dedication to ensuring food is eaten and enjoyed instead of wasted. As the hospitality sector reopens its doors, it is vital that we look towards a green recovery and put the planet first. Food waste is a huge contributor to climate change and if we are to reverse the effects of global warming, we need as many big brands as possible fighting alongside us.”