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Save money and fight against food waste

Get massive savings on fresh food items like meat and produce that are nearing their best before date at grocery store across Canada and the U.S.

Our home is Toronto, but our impact is global.

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We spent our careers in a variety of industries such as management consulting, finance, and emerging technology, however we decided it was time to do something different - something that would create a better world for future generations, while creating affordable access to food to everyone.

Meet the team

It all started with a phone call

Josh’s sister who was a chef called him distraught one night and said “I just threw out $4000 worth of food.” At first Josh laughed and thought it was a joke, but was shocked to discover that the food was from a catered event and a decision was made to throw it all out. This seemed too hard to dismiss as a common everyday occurrence, yet, that was the norm in the food and grocery industries.

Then came the lightbulb!

After months of research, Josh was sitting in his condo which was on top of a grocery store and a light bulb went off in his head. What if he could buy food nearing its best before date at a discount from his phone and pick it up downstairs? He would buy food like that all the time.

In fact, when food gets thrown out, it usually ends up in a landfill, gets covered by other garbage and rots. When this happens, the food doesn't have oxygen and the decomposition process produces methane gas. The statistic that eventually created Flashfood is:

'If International food waste were a country, it would be the third leading cause to GHG emissions behind the US & China'.

- National Geographic (March 2016)

Learn more about Food Waste

He went on to speak to hundreds of grocery employees and top level executives in the grocery industry, it was alarming to learn that most food items that were not sold and approaching their best before dates by up to 2 weeks, were simply thrown out!

This is when the idea of Flashfood app was solidified. An app that allows shoppers to browse food items approaching their best before date, buy them at a discount and pick them up in store.

It all started with a phone call

Josh’s sister called him distraught one night “I just threw away $4000 worth of food.” At first Josh laughed and thought it was a joke, but was shocked to discover that the food was from a catered event and a decision was made to throw it all out. This seemed too hard to dismiss as a common everyday occurrence, yet, that was the norm in the food industry including grocery.

Then came the lightbulb!

After months of research, Josh was sitting in his condo which was on top of a grocery store and a light bulb went off in his head. What if he could buy food nearing its best before date at a discount from his phone and pick it up downstairs? He would buy food like that all the time.

In fact, when food gets thrown out, it usually ends up in a landfill, gets covered by other garbage and rots. When this happens, the food doesn't have oxygen and the decomposition process produces methane gas. The statistic that eventually created Flashfood is:

'If International food waste were a country, it would be the third leading cause to GHG emissions behind the US & China'.

- National Geographic (March 2016)

Learn more about Food Waste

He went on to speak to hundreds of grocery employees and top level executives in the grocery industry, it was alarming to learn that food items that were not sold and approaching their best before dates by up to 2 weeks, were simply thrown out!

This is when the idea of Flashfood app was solidified. An app that allows shoppers to browse food items approaching their best before date, buy them at a discount and pick them up in store.

We've helped thousands of people feed their families affordably

Another day and another box of fruit bought off the Flashfood app! I love using this app and keeping perfectly good food from going into the landfill. All of the food posted on the app is reaching its best before date but still perfectly good to eat. And it was only $5.00! 😊
@aceliacstravels from Airdrie, Alberta
I despise wasting food, and I love getting a great deal. flashfood makes it so simple for me to actually save food destined for the dump, and all they ask is that I pay a fraction of the price for it. In my personal opinion, the food is fine! No issues whatsoever! In what world does this service not make perfect sense?
Peter T. from Toronto
Wow! I am absolutely delighted with my first box! A great selection of produce (carrots, English cucumber, peppers, mushrooms, onions, apples, oranges and the protein (kielbasa, chicken meatballs, teriyaki chicken meatballs, pulled chicken) was awesome as well! Will most certainly order again!
Pauline P. from Wyandotte, Michigan
Love it. between the wife and I who have the app on both our phones, we saved over $1200. instead of stores throwing out expired food to the dump, they can get rid of food when it's close to expiration dates. love it. I highly recommend it.
Brett C. from Ajax
If you are smart enough to know food close to the best before date is fine, you can save BIG! Typically you are shopping with 50% off savings. The biggest irony with this app is if you use many stores online ordering, you have to order the day before (at least in my area) but with this app you can order and go pick it up - I've even used it while I was already in the store! I hope everyone uses this app saving $ and saving food from landfills - just make sure you use it after I've purchased the best stuff ;D
Scott from Canada
We read about this app in the Free Press and are completely addicted! I check it throughout the day! Fantastic deals! With two teens to feed it really helps our food budget. Love the bakery treats, veggie boxes and meat section.
@Ms.Supersaver

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