OLIO the food sharing revolution

Published on Thursday, 15th October 2015

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Food waste is a problem for people’s wallets. The average family bins £700 worth of food every year. It is a problem for the environment.  After the USA and China, food waste is the world’s next largest emitter of greenhouse gases. And it is a problem for wider society. Good food goes uneaten while half a million people in the UK used a food bank last year.

There is now a simple smartphone solution. OLIO is a free app which connects neighbours with each other and local shops so that surplus food can be shared - either for sale, or for free - not thrown away. Think food nearing its sell-by date in local stores. Spare vegetables from the allotment. Cupcakes from an amateur baker. The groceries in your fridge when you go away. The list goes on. To make food available, users open the app, add the item with a photo, description, price (if applicable), and when it’s available for pick-up. To access food, users browse the menu of available items, request what they want and arrange collection via private messaging.

We are delighted to say that the response from neighbours and local stores since our launch 12 weeks ago has been phenomenal and we have now expanded into new areas of North London. OLIO has been downloaded thousands of times, was chosen as Tech City News’ ‘download of the week’, and recently spent over 24 hours as the number one ‘trender’ in the UK App Store. In time, we plan to roll out across the rest of London and Bristol, then the wider UK, and ultimately internationally.

The OLIO mission is well and truly taking off, but to really grow the business we are looking to build product, tech and customer support teams in the Bristol area. If you like what you’ve read and think you’ve got what it takes, then get in touch!

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