A new triple threat mobile app made its debut in San Antonio. With Too Good To Go, users can save money, fill their stomachs, and help prevent food waste at local restaurants with a few simple clicks.
The Denmark-based business partners are working with restaurants to offer deals – starting at just $3.99 in San Antonio – on bags of groceries that restaurants would otherwise throw in the bin at the end of the day. Launched in Europe in 2015, Too Good To Go hit US soil in 2020. This month, the brand expanded its presence in Texas with a presence in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Operating in Austin since 2021, Too Good To Go currently works with more than 450 restaurants and other businesses across the state.
“We’re excited to expand our app across Texas to partner with the vibrant food scene and culture,” said Chris MacAulay, CEO of Too Good To Go, in a media release. “Working with the great local food companies across Texas, we want to make reducing food waste accessible to everyone. Together with the amazing restaurant community and residents of Texas, we know we will make an immediate impact.”
The Too Good To Go mobile app is free to use. Most orders cost around $5 per bag.
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Users typically do not know exactly what is included in each order as restaurant stock levels can vary at the end of each day. The app offers so-called “surprise bags” at a significant discount off the restaurant’s normal retail prices for customers to collect.
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Currently, only a small handful of San Antonio restaurants participate in the program. Current offerings include desserts from Baklovah Bakery & Sweets and Alebrije Bakery, groceries from Zaatar Lebanese Grill, A Way To The Heart and Pasha restaurants, and groceries from Indian Supermarket, among others. Prices ranged from $3.99 to $12.
About 133 billion pounds of food, worth about $161 billion, is wasted in the United States every year, according to Too Good To Go. Since its debut in this country, Too Good To Go says it has saved more than 5.5 million meals from landfill by working with more than 11,000 companies here.
Too Good To Go app is available on both iOS and Android platforms. For more information and registration for attendees, visit toogoodtogo.com.
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