Business is Boring is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Host Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand. This week he’s joined by Foodprint founder and CEO Michal Garvey.
Food waste is such a massive problem that it’s hard to fully comprehend. It’s estimated one-third of food produced globally is wasted with one of the many causes of that being the struggle to accurately match supply to demand. Cafes and food sellers will often fill up their cabinets with the best intentions, and the last thing they want to do is waste that food. But if people don’t buy those fresh items, which don’t have much of shelf life, then businesses often have no choice but to throw them out.
This week’s guest, Michal Garvey, saw the beginning of a solution to this problem while living and working in Sweden. When she came back to New Zealand, she founded an app with the goal of helping make the food industry more sustainable while also giving customers access to heavily discounted food. The app, Foodprint, is an ingenious way for great cafes and food makers like &Sushi, Ripe and Bluebells Cakery to list items for half price and ensure they sell everything that needs to be sold. It helps give people great food for less, measures carbon saved and cuts down on upsetting waste.
To talk about the journey, uptake of the app and what’s next, Foodprint founder and CEO Michal Garvey joined Business is Boring for a chat.