Steal This Idea: App Reduces Food Waste, Saves Customers Cash

Stop & Shop partners with Flashfood in initiative
Stop & Shop and Flashfood
Photograph courtesy of Stop & Shop

CHICAGO In a move sure to make it more green while saving customers green, Stop & Shop is teaming with Flashfood to cut down on food waste via a digital marketplace app launched in its Pawtucket and Providence, R.I., stores.

With the Flashfood app, shoppers are connected with discounted food nearing its best-by date, saving on fresh items like bakery, dairy, meat and produce, along with nonperishable foods and snacks. Customers buy products through the app and pick up orders at the Flashfood zone in the Stop & Shop.

So far, Flashfood has diverted 30 million pounds of food from landfills throughout the U.S. and Canada and has saved shoppers almost $90 million, the company said.

Stop & Shop, Quincy, Mass., last year launched a pilot with the app-based marketplace at four stores in Worcester, Mass. In eight months, Stop & Shop said the program resulted in nearly 35,000 pounds of reduced food waste, equating to 2,905 pounds of methane gas not being released into the atmosphere.

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