Olio – love food, hate waste

By 7th June 2017News

We’re delighted to be able to say that we’re the first food service business to partner with the exciting food waste app, Olio. After successfully completing a trial at one of our busy sites in Cambridge, we’re really looking forward to working closer with them and helping tackle the growing food waste issue.

Together we managed to save 1,525 items of food going to waste, which equates to 678 meals. We’re absolutely delighted that by partnering with Olio and working closely with our client, we were able to make such a positive impact on the local community. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

What is Olio?

Olio is a free app that connects neighbours with each other and with local shops and cafes so that surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. Users of the app simply snap a picture of their items and add them to OLIO.



The social, economic and environmental case for action against food waste is compelling. Levels of food and drink waste by commercial and industrial businesses in the food sector amount to around 2.8 million tonnes, with a value of over £4.3 billion (source: WRAP). Food waste is also costly for local stores and governments, and ranks as one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases. OLIO seeks to address these problems by combining mobile technology with the power of the sharing economy and an engaged local community.


With the help of our on-site team, and Olio’s network of Food Waste Hero volunteers, we are able to donate unsold food to the local community. This ensures that the food we produce goes to feed people, rather than be fed to animals or sent to land fill. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, helping the local community and simply being the right thing to do.

Learn more about Olio here, by downloading the app on your mobile or tablet device or by checking out their Twitter page @Olio_ex