New food waste projects launch in Spain

A recent trial of one of the programmes already distributed over 1,800 meals in Madrid

Today, we are proud to share news from Starbucks Spain which has launched two new food waste projects in stores across Madrid and Barcelona.

Hope Food is an entrepreneurial social scheme that redistributes unsold fresh food to two charities in Madrid at the end of each day. Mensajeros de la Paz and Cottolengo work with the homeless and disabled community as well as families in need.

Since launching a trial with Hope Food at the beginning of 2018, 2,300 kilograms of food has been donated to date, creating more than 1,800 full meals for those supported by the charity.  

Stores in Barcelona have teamed up with WeSAVEat, a mobile app where users can buy surplus food from stores at a reduced price at the end of each day. Through the WeSAVEat app, the Starbucks stores in Barcelona post two bundles of food for sale, combining a savoury item with two sweet products. Users can then purchase these bundles half price through the app, picking them up instore at closing time.

Food Waste Spain

Speaking about the partnerships, Álvaro Salafranca, director general of Starbucks Spain and Portugal, said: “Our store teams are passionate about helping those in need in their local community so we are delighted to have found charity support partners in these two cities that are able to facilitate us offering our unsold food to those who will benefit most.”