One of the world’s largest problems for centuries has been starvation. Those without jobs or homes are struggling to get enough food to survive for the day. It’s a scary situation to be in. One of the largest contributing factors to world hunger is food waste. According to a report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), if we could salvage just one-third of our country’s food waste, we could feed the millions of Americans suffering from starvation.
Then the big question becomes: “How do we redirect food from those with too much of it to those without enough?” A new startup is looking to answer that question with technology.
Founded in Boston in 2015 by alumni of two of the leading startup accelerator programs in the country (Techstars and MassChallenge), Spoiler Alert is looking to end world hunger through big data and software. Spoiler Alert offers a software suite that allows businesses to track their food sales as well as acts as an online marketplace for selling and donating food. The beauty of the software is that it completely streamlines the process of managing food inventory for virtually every aspect of the food industry. Everyone from food manufacturers to distributors and grocery retailers can utilize Spoiler Alert in order to minimize the impact of unsold inventory.
Spoiler Alert allows those in the food industry to easily integrate the software with their existing inventory, track donations through e-signature capture, efficiently communicate unsold inventory to nonprofits or charities and easily track the financial, environmental and social progress of their efforts. Spoiler Alert quickly gathers all of this information and presents it in an easy-to-read manner.
If every major food manufacturer and distributor used Spoiler Alert, the food industry could be able to better manage inventory and significantly reduce the amount of food that is sent to landfill. The software is already helping the Sysco Corporation, the world’s largest broadline food distributor (responsible for selling food and beverages to restaurants, hotels and cafeterias) in improving its food management. According to co-founder Emily Malina, through using Spoiler Alert, the Sysco Corporation’s Boston-based facility has seen a, “13-times increase in healthy wholesome food going to a network of existing and new nonprofits in the local community.” Without Spoiler Alert’s efforts, that donated food would have been sent to a landfill. And according to a report from Vice Impact, 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted every year by corporations such as Sysco.
Spoiler Alert is the kind of tool that the world needs. Imagine if every food distributor in the world could utilize the software’s power. We could very well see an end to world hunger within the near future.
We here at the Opes Group always strive to give back to our community as much as possible and encourage others to do so as well. If you are in the food industry and want to cut down on your food waste, do yourself a favor and look into Spoiler Alert.