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New 'Spoiler Alert' App Works To Minimize Food Waste

By Desirée Kaplan

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), about 30 to 40 percent of the food supply in the United States goes to waste. This percentage translates to billions of pounds of mismanaged food. The primary challenge is getting food to people in need before it spoils. Spoiler Alert helps solve the issue of food waste by diverting hundreds of pounds of food that would otherwise be destined for the landfill.  

How does this work? The company offers a business-to-business online marketplace that helps companies manage their surplus food inventory so they can get it to the right place before it goes to waste. The software allows a range of organizations and people to benefit from this logistics system. Companies such as food manufacturers, wholesale distributors, and grocery retailers can see what products are not selling quickly and become more efficient with their product management. Meanwhile, nonprofits and discount food companies can help others by redirecting the surplus food to people in need.  

A team of MIT alumni are the masterminds behind Spoiler Alert, and several investors in the food industry are currently involved in helping it grow. The Boston based company is focused on being transparent in every way and endeavors to create tangible results for businesses, individuals and the environment.