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Food waste reduction app set for global SPAR rollout


Gander has secured a deal to supply its innovative technology aimed at reducing food waste to SPAR International, following the success of its collaboration with local SPAR stores through the Henderson Group.

A real-time, automated mobile platform helping food stores sell more close-to-expiry date, discounted food products, Gander creates greater visibility of discounted products and value for consumers.

SPAR retailers can adapt Gander into their POS systems, enabling retailers to automatically display all reduced-to-clear food on the shelves within their local SPAR store.

“We are delighted to be working with Gander on a global scale and looking forward to building on learnings from their collaboration with SPAR in Northern Ireland,” said Tobias Wasmuht, CEO, SPAR International.

“As an international food retailer, we are committed to creating sustainable solutions for our customers as part of our goal of reducing wastage throughout the supply chain.

“Our food waste reduction strategy leverages technology to achieve greater efficiency at each step, thereby leading to lower levels of food waste. Working with entrepreneurial platforms such as Gander provides sustainable solutions that are important as SPAR seeks ways to reduce the environmental impact.”

Ashley Osborne, founder of Gander, said: “Since our launch in the EUROSPAR and SPAR stores in Northern Ireland, we have seen phenomenal results and managed to drastically minimise the levels of food waste at the end of each day.

“It’s also really exciting to see customers so engaged with the platform, which has led to us receiving a number of industry awards as well as performing in the top 12% of apps nationally in the UK in our first three months of launch.

“We really look forward to extending this benefit out to the wider SPAR network and are delighted to work with SPAR International who are exceptionally pro-active in their approach to solutions that help reduce food waste from farm to fork.”

SPAR’s partnership with Gander follows its recent global collaboration with social impact firm Too Good To Go allowing customers to order food at greatly reduced cost before it goes to waste.

The Gander and Too Good To Go platforms can be combined seamlessly to provide a zero-waste solution for stores.

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