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Starbucks Spain receives the ‘Excellence and Sustainability’ prize for its food surplus management plan

  • The award-winning project is an initiative that donates food to charities in collaboration with Hope Food and collaboration with the weSAVEeat App, which allows people to purchase a set of fresh products at half price at the end of the day.
  • This packaged fresh food surplus management initiative is part of all Grupo Vips brands’ (not only Starbucks but also VIPS, Ginos, Fridays and wagamama as well as the premium sandwich factory BSF) commitment to donating non-perishable excess food from its warehouses to charities each time there is a change in season or menu.
Madrid, 22nd June, 2018.

 

Starbucks Spain was recognized yesterday at the IV Restaurant Brands Awards in the Excellence and Sustainability category for its commitment to managing excess food. The aim of these awards is to spread awareness for best practices, professionals and companies working in the organized restaurant sector in Spain.

The award acknowledges the projects Starbucks implemented in 2017 to manage the fresh food surplus at its stores. The first of these initiatives was developed in collaboration with Hope Food, a social-based entrepreneurial project. Following this alliance, Starbucks gives Hope Food the fresh and packaged products that have still not expired remaining in its stores in Madrid to be distributed by Hope Food among various community kitchens. More than 3,500 menus have already been donated this year.

The second project in Barcelona is carried out in collaboration with the weSAVEeat App, a mobile application through which users can purchase the surplus fresh food at stores at the end of the day at half price. With the WeSAVEeat application, which responds to one of the six United Nations recommendations to fight food waste and which has already been downloaded more than 20,000 times, Starbucks stores in Barcelona offer a package of three food products each (one salty and two sweet products) for sale each day. Users can purchase the packages through the app at a price of €4 and collect them at the store during the last hour of operation.

This initiative is part of Starbucks and all Grupo Vips brands’ (not only Starbucks but also VIPS, Ginos, Fridays and wagamama as well as the premium sandwich factory BSF) commitment to donating non-perishable excess food from its warehouses to charities each time there is a change in season or menu.

The aim of the IV Organized Restaurant Awards is to spread awareness for best practices and success stories among organized restaurant chains in Spain as well as highlight professionals and companies in the sector as one of the leading generators of employment in the country. Moreover, the association seeks to highlight all organizations, companies and people who support the sector.

About Starbucks:

Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed since its foundation in 1971 to work with the supply of raw materials in an ethical way and the production of the best Arabica coffee in the world. Nowadays, with stores all over the world, the company is the first coffee roaster and distributor in the world. Thanks to its commitment to excellence, Starbucks Coffee Company offers a rewarding experience that enriches the lives of people cup by cup. To share this experience, visit www.starbucks.com.

About Grupo Vips:

Grupo Vips is one of the leading multi-brand and multi-format groups in the organized restaurant sector in Spain. The company manages a total of six well-known brands it either owns or operates under franchising agreements: VIPS, VIPS Smart, Ginos, Fridays, Starbucks and wagamama. Moreover, Grupo Vips has a premium sandwich, salad and take-away product factory, BSF. The company manages a total of 400 locations serving more than 120,000 customers a day. It runs a pioneer and restaurant sector-leading loyalty program, Club VIPS, with more than 1,000,000 members throughout Spain.  The App, which is unique in the market and was released at the end of April 2015, has already been downloaded more than 1 million times. Grupo Vips is a private equity company which was founded in 1969. Seventy percent of Grupo Vips shares are held by majority shareholders and founders, led by the Arango family, and 30% are held by the ProA Capital fund. Grupo Vips employs more than 9,300 people and ended fiscal year 2017 with 415 million euros in turnover. For the second consecutive year, Grupo Vips was listed in the ranking of the companies with the best reputation in Spain, as per RepTrak® Spain 2018, as the only restaurant business to be included on the list. www.grupovips.com.