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Pittsburgh, PA (February 27, 2023) -- Through a partnership with Flashfood, the digital marketplace that connects consumers to heavily discounted food nearing its best-before date, Giant Eagle has diverted more than one million pounds of food from landfills and has saved guests nearly $2.5 million on groceries. The achievement is due to the integration of the Flashfood program into Giant Eagle supermarkets beginning in 2021 and now available across 167 locations.
Flashfood shoppers turn to the app as a way to save up to 50% off high-quality items nearing their best-by date, such as meats, dairy, seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables. Shoppers conveniently browse and buy discounted food items directly through the Flashfood app on their mobile phone, and then simply pick up their order from the Flashfood Zone located inside their participating Giant Eagle or Market District location.
To date, as a result of Flashfood’s partnerships with more than 1,600 stores throughout the U.S. and Canada, over 65 million pounds of food have been diverted from landfills and shoppers have saved over $150 million on their grocery bills.
"At Giant Eagle, we're always looking for opportunities to operate as sustainably as possible ," said Dan Donovan, Giant Eagle spokesperson. "Our partnership with Flashfood has made an incredible impact for both the environment and our guests.”
The food system is having a massive impact on climate change considering it is responsible for one-third of global emissions. As a result of diverting one million pounds of food from landfills, Giant Eagle and Flashfood have together saved what equates to nearly 840,000 pounds of CO2e- emissions dioxide from reaching the atmosphere. Rather than being prematurely thrown out, the food purchased through Flashfood was enjoyed by 16,000 families across Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Indiana and West Virginia.
“This milestone is just the beginning of the impact we will continue to have in partnership with Giant Eagle,” says Josh Domingues, Founder & CEO of Flashfood. “The one million pounds of food saved so far demonstrates just how much we can achieve through like-minded partnerships centered around sustainability. Giant Eagle has consistently proven their commitment to giving families access to quality, affordable foods while doing good for the planet.”
Flashfood is an app-based marketplace striving to eliminate retail food waste by connecting consumers with discounted food nearing its best-by date. The mobile app operates in over 1,600 grocery locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Shoppers can buy items from grocery retailers through the Flashfood app and pick them up in-store at great prices while collectively reducing food waste. To date, Flashfood has diverted over 65 million pounds of food, saved shoppers over $150 million and more affordably fed hundreds of thousands of families. Flashfood is currently working with The GIANT Company, Meijer, Tops Friendly Markets, Loblaw, Martin’s Markets, VG’s, Family Fare, Stop & Shop, Giant Food, Save A Lot and Giant Eagle. Flashfood is a free app available on iOS and Android. For more information, please visit www.flashfood.com.
About Giant Eagle
Giant Eagle, Inc., ranked among the top 40 on Forbes magazine’s largest private corporations list, is one of the nation’s largest food retailers and distributors with approximately $11 billion in annual sales. Founded in 1931, Giant Eagle, Inc. has grown to be a leading food, fuel and pharmacy retailer in the region with more than 470 stores throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, northern West Virginia, Maryland and Indiana.