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Delicious Data wins German federal award “Zu gut für die Tonne“

About one third of all produced food is wasted along the value chain. Using modern technology however enables us to reduce food waste in one of the most essential areas of our daily routines – the preparation of meals. The Munich-based start-up Delicious Data started its journey with a number of pilot clients – the canteens of 5 German student unions – and is now also available for corporate clients and contract caterers. The start-up’s solution uses artificial intelligence to reduce waste in the food service sector of public catering and has already won several big accounts (Bayer Gastronomy, ERGO, Gourmet, apetito Catering, etc), despite the cafeteria and catering sectors facing particularly challenging times during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Delicious Data solution is able to forecast the daily number of guests and their respective meal decisions at counters, allowing clients to design meal plans and order food and ingredients more effectively. An AI platform for the kitchen is currently under development as well, and the data-driven setup helps clients to be ahead of developments and take necessary steps in advance – both during crisis times and beyond.

For its efforts in the areas of sustainability and digitalization, Delicious Data has now received the award “Zu gut für die Tonne” (“Too good for the dumpster”) from the German federal government as well as a seed financing round with Bayern Kapital and five other investors. The award was a logical consequence of the solution proving its value during deployment, as it could save nearly 50 percent of the waste generally caused by overproduction.