This Montreal Startup is Ending Food Waste & Saving You Money

 

Did you know that ⅓ of all the food produced around the world ends up going to waste?

 

Waste happens at many points along the way, from the farm all the way to our homes, and it’s one of the largest contributors to climate change. That impact is due to a number of factors. There’s the water, fertilizers, land and other resources used to produce food. Then there are all the fossil fuels used to harvest, transport and store food. Finally, there’s the food itself, which produces harmful methane gas when it ends up in landfill conditions.

 

That’s right… when food gets thrown in the garbage, it doesn’t just quickly decompose. A landfill isn’t the same environment as compost. Landfills are usually oxygen deprived, which slows down decomposition. Food can sometimes take decades to break down, and is giving off greenhouse gases for that entire time.

FoodHero application with IGA open

Source: https://foodhero.com/

What’s the solution? For one, we all need to get better at only buying what we need, and using up what we buy.

 

But there’s more to it, and that’s where companies like FoodHero come in.

 

What is FoodHero? FoodHero is an exciting new startup based in Montreal that’s partnering with local grocery stores to put a big dent in food waste.

 

Here’s the thing: grocery stores often have surplus food. Sometimes an item is over-ordered, doesn’t sell as quickly as anticipated, isn’t as popular as it was expected to be, or even things like bad weather can come into play, where people choose to stay in and order delivery rather than head to the stores.

 

The result is too much fresh, high quality food to sell in a reasonable time. Stores will often mark these items down for quick sale, but that relies on people actually coming into the store to see the sale.

 

FoodHero has created an app that lets stores publish these quick sale items to the FoodHero community (all the consumers who have downloaded the app). As a consumer, you can search all the deals in your area, focus on your preferred store, or even shop by dietary concern. You order the items you want directly within the app, then go to the store to pick up your items, which will already be packed up for you and ready to go.

 

It’s a really great initiative because once items pass their best before or sell by dates, grocery stores don’t have much choice but to throw them out. Most grocery stores do work really hard to limit in-store waste (after all, it is money in the garbage too), but not all waste is avoidable.

 

With apps like FoodHero, stores can recoup a bit of that lost profit by selling their surplus at reduced prices and, for consumers, there’s a lot of money to be saved on perfectly good grocery items. With recent reports suggesting Canadians could be spending nearly $500 more on groceries in 2020, now is as good a time as any to start looking at ways to cut your grocery bill.

 

Many IGA locations in Montreal and around Quebec are already offering FoodHero in their stores, as well as a few Metro locations that recently joined the effort. The FoodHero folks have also said that more grocery store partnerships will be launching in the very near future.

 

Where can you find and download FoodHero?

FoodHero is available for iOS and Android. If you want to check it out, you can download the app at https://foodhero.com/ or search for FoodHero in the App Store or Play Store.

Bon appetit! 

Business owners, managers, leaders, human resources professionals… do you want to create a work environment that brings out the best in your people? An environment where they showcase and grow their greatest strengths, where creativity and new ideas flow, productivity is rarely an issue and people are truly engaged with and motivated by the work that they do? 

 

More and more businesses are incorporating wellness and personal development into their workplace cultures, with truly inspiring results. It turns out, when you invest in the wellbeing of your people, those people are empowered to bring the best of themselves to the work that they do! 

 

These days, stress, anxiety, burnout and lack of engagement are skyrocketing. People are overwhelmed and disconnected. This is bad news for physical and mental health, and for businesses. You need people to feel truly connected to their work, their colleagues and the business, and you need them to feel good about themselves and their contributions. You need that because when you have it, productivity, engagement, creativity, initiative and collaboration are what skyrocket.

 

That all sounds great, but… how do you actually make that happen?

Le Sommet de mieux ȇtre au travail is an immersive event happening this month, right here in Montreal. At this event, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with industry leaders who are blazing trails in creating work environments where people thrive, so that businesses can thrive. You’ll get advice, ideas and guidance from a range of experts including a COO, a Director of Organizational Development, company founders, and even a certified Mindfulness Teacher and Business Consultant. These inspiring leaders will share how wellness programs can truly transform work cultures and drive businesses forward. 

 

You’ll also have the opportunity to mix and mingle with other attendees, share ideas and learn from their experiences.

 

The event takes place November 28 at le Grande Bibliothèque on de Maisonneuve. Early bird pricing is available until November 15, so grab your tickets now!

 

If you truly want to take your organization or your team to the next level, the time is now to start investing in the wellbeing of your people. Don’t miss out!

Café Aunja

Spotlight: Café Aunja – A welcoming experience in the heart of downtown

 

Located on Sherbrooke between Bishop and Mackay, Café Aunja is a unique and welcoming spot to grab coffee or tea and a quick bite, or to spend a relaxing afternoon working, studying or spending time with good friends.

 

As an Iranian café and tea house, Aunja offers the coffee and coffee beverages you’d expect in most cafes, as well as a unique selection of fragrant teas and cold drinks. 

 

For cold drinks, the hibiscus sharbat made with hibiscus syrup and basil seeds is an absolute delight, and the homemade lemonade with fresh mint is so refreshing. If you want something a little more decadent, you can’t miss the persian fog – black tea with milk, saffron syrup and pistachio. 

 

For something hot to welcome the cold weather, try a pot of tea latte – spiced black tea with milk and vanilla. Or try the borage valerian with persian borage, valerian, dried lime and rock candy. The ginger tea is served with fresh thyme and honey and the mint jujube just has to be experienced for yourself.

 

You can also opt for an expertly made filtered coffee, kick things up a notch with the black eye – a double shot of espresso blended with filtered coffee – or try Aunja’s version of a london fog which includes a hint of lavender.

 

And for food? If you go for breakfast, you’ll love the barbari bread served with every plate – a thick and hearty Iranian flatbread. We loved the traditional Iranian brunch that features walnuts, feta cheese, thick wedges of warm bread and homemade jam. For lunch, there are a variety of filling and healthy sandwiches to choose from, as well as a daily soup. There are several vegetarian options on the menu and everything is made fresh and deliciously.

 

What we really enjoyed was how welcoming the cafe felt, and how every dish and beverage looked like a work of art. With the heavenly scent of spices and beautifully decorated atmosphere, we truly felt relaxed and could easily see spending a morning or afternoon working here.

 

Café Aunja is located at 1448 Sherbrooke West, a stone’s throw from the Museum of Fine Arts, and has free wifi for customers.

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What is Sous les projecteurs?

We know that staying up to date on today’s big ideas and tomorrow’s big trends is a job in and of itself.

As the world’s first working, learning and growing store – we are excited to introducing Sous les projecteurs: a new community gathering and learning space. Sous les projecteurs will engage communities with knowledgeable experts to both inspire, inform, motivate and educate.

Sous les projecteurs is a space accessible to persons that use mobility devices. We encourage people from all backgrounds to participate in our public programming

 

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