FoodCloud Launches Its FoodCloud Hubs
25th October 2016
FoodCloud, the internationally acclaimed Irish social enterprise that pioneered the distribution of leading retailer’s surplus food to local charities, is joining forces with Bia Food Initiative, the very successful operator of three large-scale food redistribution depots across Ireland which matches surplus food from food manufacturers and distributors to charities.
Bia Food Initiative is now known as FoodCloud Hubs. Working together with FoodCloud they will now offer a solution for surplus food at every step of the supply chain. The announcement was made yesterday at the launch of FoodCloud Hubs, Dublin and was officially opened by Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar, TD. This groundbreaking solution will see 4,000 tonnes of food being saved from going to waste in Ireland and the UK in 2017.
Working together, FoodCloud and FoodCloud Hubs will offer businesses an integrated, ethical, sustainable and environmentally friendly solution to help them to process the estimated 400,000 tonnes of organic waste that is generated every year by the industrial food producing sector in Ireland. Much of this food is not waste, but high quality-food that is wasted, due to order cancellations, mistakes in packing and other factors.
Aoibheann O’Brien, a founder of FoodCloud and CEO of FoodCloud Hubs said “Ireland is a nation with a rich heritage in food and agriculture and is emerging as a global leader in sustainable food production. Reducing the amount of food we waste needs to be the first priority in ensuring a sustainable food supply chain. FoodCloud Hubs and FoodCloud joining forces will drive Ireland into a leadership position globally in providing solutions for surplus food and reflects the culmination of a vision to ensure that no good food goes to waste both in Ireland and internationally.”
Iseult Ward and Aoibheann O’Brien (pictured above) are the co-founders of FoodCloud and the recent recipients of the Newstalk WMB Social Entrepreneur Award 2016.