Yume and SUEZ are teaming up to tackle commercial food waste in Australia and are kicking major goals by successfully selling high-quality surplus food.
“Several multinational companies who are also SUEZ customers have now listed high quality surplus food on Yume and we are working with them to ensure those products find a new avenue to market and are consumed as intended,” explains Founder of Yume, Katy Barfield.
“These companies join our network of over 500 food manufacturers, wholesalers and importers that list and sell quality stock through our online marketplace.”
Ms Barfield says that the partnership with SUEZ, “…has resulted in the sale of 450,285 kilograms of surplus food which has returned almost $700,000 to these businesses and we are expecting this number to grow as the market adjusts to the coronavirus impact.
“To date Yume has provided a new route to market for close to two million kgs of food returning over $6,000,000 to Australian businesses and farmers.”
Patties Foods joined the war on waste and listed a surplus consignment of caramel slices. “Yume identified a new avenue to market their caramel slices and sold the product to independent retailers and caterers all around Australia, getting them a great return,” says Ms Barfield.
The partnership is working on making a positive impact on the planet and has saved water and carbon dioxide equivalent to saving the water of 519,560 showers and taking 195 cars off the road for a year, and Ms Barfield says that it’s just the beginning.
Chief Customer Officer at SUEZ Australia & New Zealand, Justin Frank says, “The benefits of the partnership assist SUEZ’s customers in reducing waste and achieving greater sustainability. Our partnership with Yume aligns with SUEZ’s commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals – SDG 12 – by promoting responsible production and consumption.”
Ms Barfield concludes: “This is an innovative partnership in the fight against commercial food waste, we are looking to prevent 4.1 million tonnes of surplus food from going to waste in Australia every year.”