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FoodCloud in partnership with Tesco Ireland wins at the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber Envirocom Awards 2014

Tesco Ireland was the first retailer to partner with FoodCloud and is rolling out to all Tesco stores across the country

Thursday, 13 November 2014: FoodCloud in partnership with Tesco Ireland has been announced as the winner of the Environmental Innovation category at the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber Envirocom Awards 2014. The award is an important acknowledgement for FoodCloud who in partnership with Tesco Ireland have made a huge impact in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area. Tesco Ireland was the first retailer to partner with FoodCloud and is rolling out to all Tesco stores across the country, including its new Park Pointe store in Dun Laoghaire.

To date, Tesco and FoodCloud have donated over 200,000 meals and are working with over 200 charities in communities across Ireland.  During its first two months of operation, Tesco Park Pointe completed 48 donations via FoodCloud, donating just over two tonnes of fresh surplus food to local charities in the area including Crosscare Bentley House, Bray Community Addiction Team and Tiglin Teen Challenge. These donations equated to over 4,000 meals for local charities and saved 6,707Kg of CO2 equivalent emissions for the store.

Speaking about the win Christine Heffernan, Corporate Affairs Director, Tesco Ireland said: “We are delighted that our partnership has been recognised by this award. Through our partnership with FoodCloud, our stores including Tesco Park Pointe have made a huge contribution to the local community in a meaningful and practical way. FoodCloud has enabled us to reduce our waste disposal costs as well as lowering our environmental footprint. For the charities themselves FoodCloud has helped to reduce their food costs allowing them to redirect more of their funding to the expansion and enhancement of the services they offer to address food poverty. We are delighted to be rolling out FoodCloud to all Tesco stores nationwide.”

Adding to this Iseult Ward, CEO of FoodCloud said; “We are delighted to partnering with Tesco Ireland on the rollout of FoodCloud nationwide. It is through such high profile partnerships that we can really make a difference to the local charities and communities around the country who need it most. ”

FoodCloud is a not-for-profit organisation set up to reduce food waste and food poverty by connecting food businesses that have surplus food to local charities through the use of an innovative app. Under the FoodCloud system, staff at Tesco Ireland can upload details of their surplus food and specify the time period during which it can be collected. A text message is then automatically sent to local charity groups that have registered with FoodCloud, alerting them to the donation.

For further information or to register your charity visit www.foodcloud.ie.

For further press information please contact; Jenny Hayes, PR Manager Tesco Ireland at jenny.hayes@tesco.ie / 01 215 2217