Olio (app)

IndustryMobile app
FoundersTessa Clarke, Saasha Celestial-One
Areas served
Worldwide (currently in 49 countries)
ProductsFood-sharing app
Number of employees
17 (2018)

Olio (rendered as OLIO) is a mobile app for food-sharing, aiming to reduce food waste. It does this by connecting those with surplus food to those who need or wish to consume such food. The food must be edible; it can be raw or cooked, sealed or open.[1]

Those donating surplus food can be individuals or companies such as food retailers, restaurants, corporate canteens, food photographers etc., and donations can take place on an ad-hoc or recurrent basis. For example some supermarket chains in the UK, including Tesco,[2] the Midcounties Co-operative[3][4], Morrisons and Sainsbury's[5][6] have piloted Olio as an 'online food bank' to donate food and to reduce their waste.

First launched in early 2015 by Tessa Clarke and Saasha Celestial-One,[7][8] by October 2017 the company had raised $2.2 million in funding.[9] The Olio app had around 1.2 million registered users as of July 2019.[10]

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  1. ^ "Food Waste App OLIO Has Become A Lifeline For Those Who Can't Afford To Feed Themselves". Huffington Post (UK). 7 July 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Tesco teams up with sharing app Olio to give away wonky fruit". The Grocer. 14 December 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Banbury chosen to pilot food waste initiative". Banbury Guardian. 23 May 2018. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Midcounties Co-op teams up with food-share app Olio". The Grocer. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Morrisons teams up with food sharing app Olio to cut waste at south London store". The Grocer. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Sainsbury's food waste communities sign up to Olio app". The Grocer. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Feed thy neighbour? There's an app for that - Xanthe Clay tried out food-sharing app Olio". The Telegraph. 27 February 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Food for London: Olio, the app matching surplus food to hungry Londoners". Evening Standard. 4 November 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Don't Toss That Lettuce — Share It: A free food-sharing app aims to go global with a hyperlocal focus". Insights by Stanford Business (Stanford Graduate School of Business). 23 October 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  10. ^ "The app that gets you food for free from your neighbours". Manchester Evening News. 27 July 2019. Retrieved 29 July 2019.

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