Yume’s mission is to create a world without waste by facilitating the sale and donation of surplus food that may have otherwise been discarded.
Yume was founded in 2014 by food rescue veteran, Katy Barfield, after witnessing the amount of food that’s wasted in the commercial food sector.
The existing food supply framework in Australia means that 9.5 million tonnes of food is discarded each year; 3.9 million tonnes of which is from the commercial food sector. It’s estimated that between 400,000 and 600,000 tonnes of that food is accessible, edible, quality food and could not just be rescued, but used, eaten and enjoyed.
And it’s not just about the food. More than a quarter of the water we use globally goes to grow the 1.3 trillion kilograms of food that no one will ever eat. Plus, our planet simply can’t absorb the huge amounts of methane produced by fresh food in landfill as it breaks down.
Yume’s online marketplace allows suppliers and buyers to connect with each other and ensure that edible food doesn’t end up in landfill.
The products are priced at least 20% below wholesale price so our buyers and suppliers are doing good for their business and the environment.
With the food we’re saving from landfill, our estimated environmental impact over the next five years will equate to:
With the population set to reach 9.7 billion in 2050, something needs to be done in order to ensure our food system can feed everyone and not have such a devastating impact on the environment.
That something is Yume.