The challenge

The uncomfortable truth about food waste

SUEZ and Yume tackle food waste in Australia

Credit: SUEZ Australia and New Zealand

The existing food supply system in Australia means that 7.3 million tonnes of food is discarded each year. 55% of it occurs in the commercial food sector – at farms, food manufacturers and wholesalers – before it reaches supermarkets or our homes.

And it’s not just about the food. More than a quarter of the water exploited globally is used to grow 1.3 trillion kilograms of food that no one will ever eat. Plus, when surplus food ends up in landfill, it creates 25 times more deadly gas than car exhaust. Our planet simply can’t absorb this anymore.

The solution

Saving the planet, one food supplier at a time

Food suppliers list quality surplus products on the Yume online platform
Yume Food connects suppliers to business buyers on one digital platform

Buyers get quality surplus products at discounted prices

Every year, 4.1 million tonnes of quality, edible food is wasted in Australia. We’ve partnered with Yume to do something about it.

There are many reasons why stock may be considered surplus. For example, a supplier may have a cancelled or incorrect order, no space for new stock or a product might be close to code. This can leave primary producers, wholesalers, distributors and manufacturers with tonnes of surplus food and a lack of time or the contacts to re-sell it.

By teaming up with SUEZ and Yume, food suppliers can sell their surplus stock to a growing network of buyers, through one digital platform. Food buyers can also choose from many quality products at discounted prices.

Already, Yume - which works with hundreds of leading food manufacturers, such as Unilever and Kellogg's and food service giants like Sodexo and Accor Hotels - has sold over 2,589 tonnes of quality surplus food, returning $7.5 million to Australian farmers and manufacturers.

What does this mean for our customers?

Food and beverage suppliers such as manufacturers, primary producers and importers can gain the following benefits:

      Turn food surplus, such as raw materials, excess ingredients and excess finished goods, into a revenue stream
      Save on time and costs associated with disposing food products
      Identify opportunities to prevent surplus food from going to landfill and increase diversion rates
      Reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with food waste
      Increase commitment to sustainability
Our partnership

Fighting commercial food waste at both ends of the spectrum

In 2019, SUEZ and Yume announced a strategic partnership to fight against the millions of commercial food surplus that ends up in landfill each year.
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We need to start taking responsibility for all the waste we produce, and we can achieve this by joining forces to speed up the development of more advanced approaches to recycling in Australia.

Mark Venhoek , Chief Executive Officer, Australia & New Zealand

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