A catering service using mobile technology

Restaurants produce a lot of waste, since it can be difficult to predict sales from one day to the next. The mobile technology employed by Lunchie and ResQ offers a convenient way to sell surplus food and reduce waste.

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Problem

Catering service providers such as restaurants, lunch canteens and local authorities’ catering services produce around 75 to 85 million kg of food waste each year.

It is difficult to predict the number of portions needed each day. Lunch caterers have to prepare a certain amount of food in advance and cost-effectively. If there are fewer customers than the number of prepared portions, the surplus means wastage. The environmental impacts of the catering industry are significant.

Solution: a catering service using mobile technology

Lunchie and ResQ provide a marketplace for surplus food. Restaurants and cafés use the user interface to list leftover products. Consumers can buy portions from restaurants and collect them inside the time window specified by the restaurant. The user interface displays available portions, which can be sorted by location and dietary preferences.

Revenue logic and benefits to Lunchie and ResQ

The two companies take a commission for each portion sold and pass on the remaining value of the transaction to the restaurant. The business model means that participating restaurants and Lunchie/ResQ have a shared interest in reducing food waste and thus conserving the environment. The model is transparent and clear to all participants.

Benefits to customers and end users

Companies can offer consumers an affordable way to buy restaurant-quality food which would otherwise be wasted. Consumers can save time by not having to cook at home. For restaurants, the app offers a convenient way to gain additional revenue from surplus food, reduce their waste charges and protect the environment. In addition, companies can market their services via the app and get additional publicity for their restaurants.

Facts

Lunchie in a nutshell

Main business: software design and development

Established: 2016

Net sales: less than €1 million

Launch of circular economy solution: 2016

Share of the circular economy solution of the total business: 100% 

Employees: 1-10

Headquarters: Helsinki

Website: http://lunchie.market

Facts

ResQ in a nutshell

Main business: software design and development

Established: 2015

Net sales: less than €1 million

Launch of circular economy solution: 2016 

Share of the circular economy solution of the total business: 100% 

Employees: 10-250

Headquarters: Helsinki

Website: https://resq-club.com/en

Project

The most interesting companies in the circular economy in Finland

The most interesting companies in the circular economy is a list compiled by Sitra to showcase Finland’s most inspiring examples of the circular economy. Sitra is using the list as a way to challenge Finnish companies to meet the changing needs of the world.

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