London-based startup Winnow Solutions, a Christian Super Impact Investment through Circularity Capital, is on a mission to dramatically reduce food waste in commercial kitchens globally by using a simple tech solution.
Restaurants and commercial kitchens around the world generate an estimated US$100 billion in food waste every year. Winnow has successfully developed an innovative tablet-based system that allows commercial kitchens to halve their food waste and reduce thousands of tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions.
With clients such as Compass Group, IKEA, Accor Hotels, Scandic Hotels and Carnival Cruises already adopting the technology, Winnow estimates a combined saving of 4,300 tonnes of food waste, the equivalent of over 10,000,000 meals every year or one meal every three seconds.
Food waste represents a major environmental threat, with one third of all food wasted from farm to fork. The food waste that rots in landfills produces a large amount of greenhouse gases, including methane. If food waste was a country, it would be the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind the USA and China.
Winnow tackles this problem with its smart tech solution. Winnow give commercial kitchens the technology to log every food item they throw away. The cumulative data this produces helps kitchens to make smarter choices in food prep, portion control and batch sizes based on day-to-day food waste. Since launching in 2013, Winnow has helped clients cut food waste by 40-75%. Reducing food waste saves money and lowers the environmental impact of food production. Winnow has operations in 29 countries, working with thousands of chefs and cooks to reduce food waste.
- Connecting commercial kitchens to the cloud, allowing them to record and analyse exactly what is put in the bin.
- Creating a movement of chefs and inspiring others to see that food is too valuable to waste.
- Giving chefs the information necessary to drive improvements in their production processes to cut food waste, save money and reduce their environmental footprint.
Winnow has developed an innovative tablet-based system that allows commercial kitchens to halve their food waste and reduce thousands of tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions.