Friday 23 June 2017

Successful Irish tech start up FoodCloud expands overseas with leading retailers

FoodCloud co-founder and CEO Iseult Ward, and co-founder Aoibheann O'Brien. Irish tech start up Photograph: Naoise Culhane
FoodCloud co-founder and CEO Iseult Ward, and co-founder Aoibheann O'Brien. Irish tech start up Photograph: Naoise Culhane
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

An award winning Irish tech firm has partnered with leading UK retailers as part of their overseas expansion.

Social enterprise FoodCloud will work with Waitrose and Tesco UK to help bring surplus food from those stores to communities that need them.

Food Cloud's innovative software platform allows stores to connect with local charities to ensure this good food can be rescued.

Initially, the successful Irish firm will pilot with 25 Waitrose branches, and if successful, will expand to all 350 Waitrose stores through the UK.

FoodCloud co-founder Aoibheann O'Brien and CEO and co-founder Iseult Ward Photograph: Naoise Culhane
FoodCloud co-founder Aoibheann O'Brien and CEO and co-founder Iseult Ward Photograph: Naoise Culhane

The company's partnership with Tesco UK launched in February 2016 and over 1,000 stores are now using the FoodCloud platform to donate their surplus food.

Since then, FoodCloud have facilitated the redistribution of 5 million meals from Tesco stores across the UK, with over 3,300 community groups and charities receiving from the donations.

Last year, FoodCloud grew from 200 donating stores to over 1,200 across the UK and Ireland - and work is already underway to bring on a further 1,800 Tesco convenience stores in 2017.

CEO Iseult Ward, who was named this week as one of Forbes 30 under 30 European Class of 2017, said: ‘Continuing from our success with Irish retailer partners, including Tesco Ireland and Aldi, we are delighted that Tesco UK have redistributed over 5 million meals in less than a year.

"We are excited to also have the opportunity to work with Waitrose in 2017 and benefit more communities across the UK.’

FoodCloud co-founder Aoibheann O'Brien and CEO and co-founder Iseult Ward. Irish tech start up Photograph: Naoise Culhane
FoodCloud co-founder Aoibheann O'Brien and CEO and co-founder Iseult Ward. Irish tech start up Photograph: Naoise Culhane

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