The ReFED Food Waste Action Network Member Spotlights
Our Member Spotlight Series features a different Food Waste Action Network (FWAN) member organization for each installment – including any asks or offers that they have for the Network. The goal of the Member Spotlight Series is to give FWAN members a peek into the amazing work that others in our community are doing and to connect members who could potentially benefit from a collaboration.
Enagon is on a mission to make the world a better place by diverting material from landfills and waterways and by finding novel and innovative market applications for those materials through their processing.
imPASTA diverts potential food waste by donating any out of spec produced product to local underserved communities. There is no food wasted in the production of their products as all organic waste is bioprocessed as well. imPASTA’s Already Spaghetti is a product that utilizes upcycled spaghetti squash to create a healthy ready-to-eat noodle.
Matriark Foods works with farmers, processors, businesses, and governments to boldly change food systems for the benefit of future generations, simultaneously preventing the negative environmental impacts of food loss while creating the healthy food we all need. Matriark creates access from excess by upcycling farm surplus and fresh-cut remnants into healthy, delicious, low sodium vegetable products for schools, hospitals, food banks, and other foodservice outlets.
Promus invented a high-tech, delivered food solution that significantly improves food safety, quality, and satisfaction. Their technology delivers accountability, trust, and visibility by going beyond GPS tracking. They track and control temperature, humidity, and freshness indicators, so guests get their food as the kitchen intended, and meals stay fresher and economically viable for longer.
As a grocery retailer, the potential for food waste in our operations is enormous. With this in mind, Raley’s has long standing initiatives in place to address food waste. Food for Families was founded to address the needs of the food insecure in the communities we serve and, in partnership with Feeding America, has raised over $9 million and provided over 6.5 million meals in part through donated food nearing expiration dates. Another is our partnership with UC Davis, which utilizes the un-donatable food waste Raley’s produces in our operation to produce renewable natural gas and fertilizer. We have also partnered with Date Check Pro to improve our sell through, resulting in significant food waste reduction by effectively identifying food acceptable for donation.
Shelf Engine's mission is to reduce food waste through automation. They harness the power of artificial intelligence to forecast consumer demand for highly perishable products and automate ordering for food retailers. They dramatically reduce the amount of food waste, which drives profit for retailers, lowers costs for consumers, and reduces the negative ecological and social impacts of waste.
Misfits Market is an online value grocer dedicated to making affordable, high-quality food more accessible while helping break the cycle of food waste. They work directly with farmers and food producers to source organic produce, high-quality meats and seafood, sustainable pantry staples, and other groceries that might otherwise go to waste and deliver them to customers at up to 40% off grocery store prices.
The Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh
The Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh invests in organizations across the globe to advance long-term structural solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges. Food waste sits at the intersection of several of these challenges, and the foundation has been increasingly supporting solutions in food waste since 2017 – including providing critical support to ReFED for its work since that time.
Trendi is a Canadian robotics agri-tech company dedicated to stopping food waste at the source and feeding more people. Trendi’s model starts with technology to rescue the massive amounts of misfit and excess food from farms and upcycle it into shelf-stable ingredients for food manufacturing.
Upcycled Foods Inc.
Upcycled Foods Inc. (dba ReGrained) powers the B2B upcycled food economy with product development expertise, cutting-edge technology, and a growing portfolio of ingredient solutions. With its innovation hub – the Upcycled Food Lab – the company leads the way for food makers as the go-to development and commercialization partners.