HOW IT WORKS

Loop is based on a simple idea:
Food should be put to its highest and best use.

We provide simple systems with safe liability structures that enable food wholesalers, retailers, and producers to divert one hundred percent of their unsaleable food away from landfill, and towards those in their community who can use it best.

For stores, it means diverting unsaleable food away from the landfill while reducing staff time and saving disposal costs.

For charities, it means access to food for their programs without overwhelming their resources.

For farmers, it means food that can be used as feed for their animals, as bio-energy, or as compost.

For all of us, we believe it's a simple, sustainable way to do the right thing for the environment while helping strengthen our communities.

 

FOR CHARITIES

Loop is committed to using the surplus food received from our partner stores to do as much good as we can. To that end we provide access on top of our system to charities and outreach organizations. Although some brands require that we do not allow human consumption, Save On Foods does allow donations of the goods we receive. If there is a Save On Foods in your area, and the Loop program is running, there are a number of options for expanding your food diversion and community support work. In working with charity organizations, we want to allow maximum access without undue obligation.

Loop currently works with over 60 locations in Western Canada. Our role is to backstop surplus food diversion and ensure that there are positive homes for everything without involving the landfill.

FEED PEOPLE

Historically it has often been complicated to connect social programs to the large volumes of food that Loop now has access to, as the organizations and their requirements differ from region to region.

In many regions we have been asked to act as the liaison from the stores to the local food banks, churches, and outreaches. In that capacity, we take any items which can be used for human consumption and allow the charity to make their assessment of those goods. If they are suitable, they are received into the charity organization and its food handling system, and from there into the hands of the outreach workers. For the outreach organization, we can often in turn provide waste disposal of unused food items, reducing the overhead of a typical non-profit organization. We liaise with any existing system of community outreach to ensure the maximum community benefit is realized from the waste resource.

PRODUCTS HANDLED

  • Produce department discard (including whole vegetables/fruits, packaged veg/fruit, and trimmings from veg/fruits)
  • Dairy department outdated items and items with damaged containers
  • Bakery and commercial breads, cakes, cookies, buns, etc. and bulk stale end of day items
  • Floral department items that are wilted, damaged, and/or overstocked
  • Deli and premade meals: meat ends, end of day hot buffet items, and prepackaged sandwiches, salads, wraps, etc. near expiry
  • Meat and seafood department including trimmed meat ends, display case items, and packaged items
  • In-store coffee shops, all used grounds, unsaleable pastries/treats, and end of shelf life items
  • All grocery department items with damaged/broken packaging, outdated, spilled, or discontinued production

Sometimes mistakes happen during delivery or warehousing, and our system is flexible and adaptable enough to absorb rejected shipments. This offers substantial labour and disposal savings.

FOOD SAFETY PROCEDURES

We work closely with the corporate food safety teams in each region we start, to ensure that all food-safety concerns and requirements are effectively met and dealt with. We start at minimum with the industry standard food safe procedures, and tailor our training to each specific store.

What was once a waste product, with negative connotations and environmental impact, is now a net positive for business, the community, local food production, and the environment.

 

FOR FARMERS

We welcome farms of many sizes and descriptions into the Loop program.

Our ideal farm is diverse enough to be able to utilize 100% of the product they receive. Biodiversity on farms enables every feed source to be utilized optimally, and returned as healthy food for people in the community. We select our partner farms carefully, and prefer family farms engaged in mixed, holistic farming. We work with farms and stores of varying sizes, and our selection criteria match stores with farms by size and diversity.

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“When you support at risk families, and small farms; you invest in the heart of your community. Benefits large and small ripple outwards from the growth of dynamic, vibrant, and sustainable communities, while securing ethical food production close to home.”

Jaime White

ANIMAL FEED

Almost all grocery store surplus can be utilized as animal feed. Through the Loop program, goats, sheep, llamas, pigs, chickens, ducks, cows, buffalo, dogs, cats, horses, and more are all treated to living, fresh, real food. Farmers routinely find that their animals’ condition improves with the additional feed.

With food retailers working together with nearby farms, they support the local community and help close the loop on local food production.

FUEL - BIONERGY

For those items that are more difficult to feed (such as large volumes of oil, or cardboard packaging), we work to find local bio-energy solutions. Bio-diesel products, cellulose to electricity, and alternative solid fuel products are all solutions utilized in the past. We work with existing programs where possible, and encourage our farms to participate in creating a solution when a working system isn't currently in existence in their area.

COMPOST

We encourage farms in our program to have an active composting system to ensure that none of the received goods are wasted. North American farmland is losing soil at an unsustainable rate, and good carbon stewardship starts with healthy, active soil. Loop farms are active participants in this, and any carbon materials that cannot be used as feed or for energy production are used in the production of compost.

 

FOR GROCERS

We work with individual store management, regional operators, and corporate leadership to develop a custom-fit, sustainability program for each region. We aim for 100% reclamation and redirection of food, oils, and organic waste, in keeping with the core ethics of food production and food waste management.

Loop offers a single point-of-contact solution to the stores we work with, with one Loop partner taking 100% of the organics that the store has that day. With minimal space in-store.

The average store we work with produces 600-1000 lbs. of surplus product in a day, and is served by daily pick-ups from Loop partners. This waste is immediately diverted to local farms that meet our selection criteria, resulting in a large reduction of traditional disposal tip frequency, and closing the loop on local food production. We require minimal space in-store to accomplish this.

WE HANDLE 100% OF THE IN-STORE, ORGANIC WASTE

Common items include:

  • Produce department surplus including trim from value add
  • Dairy department distress and outdate
  • Bakery and commercial bread distress and bulk stale end of day items
  • Floral department shrink, trim and overstock
  • Deli and HMR distress, meat ends, end of day hot buffet items, and shrink
  • Meat and seafood department trim, shrink, and distress
  • In-store coffee shops, all grounds, food waste, and end of shelf life items
  • All grocery department distress, outdate, and end of production items

Sometimes mistakes happen during delivery or warehousing, and our system is flexible and adaptable enough to absorb rejected shipments. This offers substantial labour and disposal savings.

 

ABOUT US

We started out in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, trying to reduce the operating cost of our family farm so that Dad could be home with the kids more! With one grocery store ready to reduce their landfill impact and a couple of meetings: Loop Resource was born. We now work with grocery stores across BC, AB, and SK, diverting unsaleable grocery store food to hungry animal mouths on farms of all shapes and sizes, and to registered charities where possible.

Loop helps close the loop on organics waste disposal in the food supply industry, taking food from the end of the line at the store, back to the beginning as feed and compost at local farms.

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PARTNERS

Where to find your local Loop Zero Food Waste Grocer:

 

CONTACT

General Inquiries

info@loopresource.ca
Phone: +1 (604) 210-5900
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