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Tobacco Dock uses ingenious new food waste app

by Olivia Powell

Tobacco Dock have announced their collaboration with OLIO and Alteryx in order to eliminate food waste at the Alteryx Inspire Europe 2019 event.

OLIO is an revolutionary app that makes the sharing of surplus food straightforward and safe, whether you’re a neighbour with leftovers or a big, corporate event.

One of the least sustainable aspects of the events industry is food waste – there is often food left over after an event, no matter what. Following health and safety rules often means that this food then has to be thrown away, which can be frustrating. In this current day and age, where sustainability is getting increasingly more vital, this issue needs to be addressed.

Tobacco Dock and Alteryx have both historically championed sustainability, so when the Event Exchange agency team suggested the idea of using OLIO to them, they accepted wholeheartedly.

The collaboration was a huge success, with OLIO managing to save 338 meals during Inspire Europe by working closely with the Alteryx and Tobacco Dock Food teams. This effort not only helped towards saving the environment – the environmental impact of this change represented an equivalent of 612kg of CO2 emissions avoided and over 100,000 litres of water saved as a result of this food being eaten, rather than wasted – but also benefitted hundreds of residents in the local community.

Director of Tobacco Dock Food, Alex Martindale, said: “This is something we’ve been working towards for a long time,”

“I’ve been very pleased with the strides we’ve made in minimising our food waste, but inevitably there are always leftovers. It’s wonderful that we can do something useful with this food and in such an easy way. We will certainly embrace this approach for future events.”

Co-founder and CEO of OLIO, Tess Clarke, added: “With the climate crisis and sustainability now firmly in the mainstream, delegates are increasingly concerned about the enormous problem of food waste at events, that to date has been unavoidable,”


“We’re delighted to have partnered with Alteryx and Tobacco Dock to enable them to have the first of what we hope will be many zero food waste events. They’ve been wonderful partners and true pioneers in the sector”


Tori Adamo, senior manager of Alteryx For Good and university relations at Alteryx , also commented: “We were thrilled to play a part in the effort to eliminate food waste and to give back to the London community during our Inspire Europe conference,”

“Alteryx for Good is proud to partner with passionate organizations like Tobacco Dock and Olio, to drive incremental, positive change around the world.”

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