Karma is an app that helps restaurants and grocery stores reduce their food waste. Since March 2019, the Stockholm City Conference Center has been connected to Karma. Now you can buy dishes left over from our conferences and meetings with the push of a button.
Follow us on Karma and you can get a notice directly in your mobile when we have food you can save.
You get well-cooked food with a focus on organic ingredients at a very good price while you make a contribution to the environment, says Cecilia Brege who is head of the restaurant and café operations at Stockholm City Conference Center.
The Swedish tech company Karma is a success story with a simple and ingenious business idea. One third of all food produced in the world is thrown away. Food waste is not only an economic waste, it also corresponds to a carbon dioxide emission from 3 million cars annually. Karma tries to pull its straw to the pile to reduce waste and at the same time make a contribution to the environment. In just a few years, more than 2,000 suppliers have joined the service. Restaurants, cafes and grocery stores all over Sweden – now also in several cities in Europe, including London – sells via the app food that would otherwise have been thrown away.
Jessica Bertilson, who is the shift manager at the restaurant and café business and who herself has used Karma for a long time, believes that it is a profit both for the restaurants and for the customers. We can reduce our food waste and customers get well-cooked food at at least half the price. In addition, we have immediately received a receipt that our food is appreciated. Customers can give ratings in the app and so far we have only received the highest rating on everything we sold, says Jessica Bertilson.
“Every time a dish is published, the followers get a ping in the phone.”
A sign that the food is popular is that the number of followers of the food Stockholm City Conference Center puts out has tripled in just a few weeks. Every time a dish is published, the followers get a ping in the phone. To begin with, we have laid out leftover lunch dishes, but in the next step there will also be coffee bread and what is left over from our breakfasts. We say between 25 and 30 lunches and expect to be there, Cecilia Brege emphasizes. The important thing for us is not that we sell food but that we can reduce our food waste.
The restaurant at Stockholm City Conference Center uploads the leftover dishes on the app and fills in the price, number and when they can be picked up at the latest. Via the app, you choose what you want and pay directly in the app. The food is picked up at the reception in Northern Latin. As a “reward”, you can see in your own app how much food you have saved, and Stockholm City Conference Center can accumulate to see how much food waste has decreased.
We have many workplaces around us and we are also well located for those who are in the city for a shopping trip. Some people buy our lunch on the way home from work and eat it in the evening, but we have also noticed that it has become popular to pick up yesterday’s lunch on the way to work, says Jessica Bertilson.
Stockholm City Conference Center is a certified with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel conference facility and works for the environment in several ways when it comes to food.
We make demands on our ingredients, offer organic menus and regularly have completely vegetarian lunch menus. Our coffee is organic, we recommend our tap water and work with locally grown where possible. The fish we serve is MSC-labeled. When it comes to reducing our food waste, it is also about well-thought-out serving of the meals, says Cecilia Brege in conclusion.