SPAR to partner with Gander to tackle food waste

Date : 19 March 2021

Jon Wright

Head of Insight - RA EMEA

Following its global partnership with Too Good to Go, SPAR International has announced a further partnership with Gander. SPAR said it initially collaborated with Gander in Northern Ireland, but was now aiming to expand it to a global agreement.

Partnership’s expansion to help SPAR limit food waste

SPAR said Gander will offer it a ‘ real-time, automated mobile platform that helps food stores sell more close-to-expiry date, discounted food products’. The companies said the partnership will help both with their aim ‘of using digital solutions to achieve a reduction in food waste within the food retail sector’.

SPAR retailers to integrate Gander into POS systems

SPAR said its retailers will integrate Gander’s into their POS systems, which will give them access to ‘ multiple solutions such as integrated or stand-alone applications for ease of use’. Gander’s system will then enable SPAR retailers to ‘ automatically display to shoppers, in real-time, all reduced-to-clear food on the shelves within their local SPAR store’.

SPAR International’s chief executive, Tobias Wasmuht, said…

As an international food retailer, we are committed to creating sustainable solutions for our customers as part of our goal of reducing wastage throughout the supply chain. Our food waste reduction strategy leverages technology to achieve greater efficiency at each step, thereby leading to lower levels of food waste.

Gander plus Too Good to Go to offer a zero-waste solution

SPAR said the combination of it and the solutions from Gander and Too Good to Go will allow SPAR shoppers to buy food that would have otherwise been wasted at a ‘greatly reduced cost’. SPAR explained the two platforms will work alongside each other ‘ seamlessly to provide a zero-waste solution for stores’. Gander will enable SPAR stores to sell more reduce-to-clear product, while Too Good to Go will allow them to put food product into discounted food packages, called Magic Bags.

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