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12/04/2022

Stop & Shop, Flashfood roll out program in New York City

Flashfood is now available in Stop & Shop stores across New York’s Queens and Brooklyn neighborhoods.
Sandra Levy
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Flashfood, a digital marketplace that significantly reduces food waste at the retail level by connecting consumers with discounted food nearing its best by date, today announced availability in two additional New York City boroughs – Queens and Brooklyn, with neighborhood grocer, Stop & Shop. Since launching the partnership in 2021, Stop & Shop and Flashfood have together saved over 140,000 pounds of food from ending up in U.S. landfills.

With inflation impacting retailers across the country, Flashfood is an easy way for everyone to have access to high-quality, fresh foods while significantly saving money on their grocery bills. New Yorkers will be able to now access steeply discounted groceries and reduce food waste via the Flashfood app at the following Stop & Shop locations:

  • 2136 Bartow Ave in the Bronx (launched June 2022)
  • 64-66 Myrtle Avenue in Glendale, Queens
  • 74-17 Grand Ave in Maspeth, Queens
  • 961 East 174thStreet in the Bronx
  • 1710 Avenue Y in Brooklyn
  • 625 Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn

Stop & Shop's partnership with Flashfood kicked off in 2021 when the supermarket launched Flashfood at four store locations in Worcester, Mass. Within eight months, the pilot program reduced nearly 35,000 pounds in food waste - one of the top contributors to climate change. Due to the success of the pilot, Flashfood was soon integrated into Stop & Shop stores throughout Rhode Island and the Bronx, bringing the overall number of food diverted from landfills as a result of the partnership in these regions to over 140,000 pounds - preventing 265,998 pounds of CO2e from being released into the atmosphere. This is equivalent to the CO2e emissions of driving over 299,490 miles in the average car.

[Read more: Stop & Shop, Flashfood roll out program in Rhode Island]

"Our partnership with Flashfood has been a successful addition to our food waste diversion programs, helping us prevent more than 140,000 pounds of food from ending up in landfills since 2021," said Gordon Reid, president of Stop & Shop. "We're proud to deepen our commitment to reducing food waste by expanding the Flashfood program to more stores in the New York City area. Our shoppers in the boroughs can benefit from significant savings on groceries while also helping the planet."

With Flashfood, shoppers save up to 50% off items nearing their best-by date, such as meats, dairy, seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables, snacks and more. Shoppers conveniently browse and buy available products right from their mobile device. Purchases are made directly through the app and customers can simply pick up their order from the Flashfood Zone located inside their participating store.

Over the past two years, more than 2.5 million users in North America have turned to Flashfood to save money and reduce waste. To date, Flashfood has diverted over 50 million pounds of food from ending up in landfills throughout the United States and Canada and has saved shoppers over $130 million in aggregate on their grocery bills. Flashfood can be found in more than 1,450 participating stores in North America.

[Read more: Stop & Shop revamps e-commerce platform, loyalty program]

"We've already saved New Yorkers more than two million dollars on groceries and we're excited to make an even bigger impact throughout the city with Stop & Shop," said Josh Domingues, Flashfood's founder and CEO. "Expanding further into the Bronx, plus adding stores in Brooklyn and Queens, means more families will have access to affordable groceries while reducing the amount of perfectly good food that ends up in landfills."

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