November 16, 2016

Finnish startup saves food even further

ResQ Club was founded in 2015, and its headquarters are located in Helsinki, Finland.
ResQ Club was founded in 2015, and its headquarters are located in Helsinki, Finland.
ResQ Club

ResQ Club has launched today in Germany, starting in Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, and earlier this week the company commenced operations in Malaysia.

ResQ Club allows consumers to rescue fresh quality food that would otherwise be thrown away. These surplus portions are sold via the ResQ Club app, always at a significant discount.

In Malaysia, ReqQ Club has a network of over 30 restaurants that supply meals over the platform in Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley. According to Cleantech Invest, one of ResQ Club’s owners, over 15 000 tonnes of food is wasted in Malaysia every day, three tonnes of which could be used to feed two million people.

Germany is the most populous European country, and the cities where the service is launched are the three largest.

“Now is a very suitable time to enter the bigger markets,” says CEO and co-founder of ResQ Club Tuure Parkkinen. “Germany is an especially exciting country for the ResQ Club service: the value base seems to be a perfect match, and there are many types of food service providers to which we can deliver significant added value. We’re also very curious to see how our service works in Malaysia, where both the culture and the structure of the food service industry differ notably from our earlier expansion regions in Europe.”

Since ResQ Club was launched in Helsinki in January, users have rescued more than 90 000 portions from over 200 restaurants, hotels, cafés, and other food service venues. The company currently operates in 25 cities in Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, Estonia and Malaysia. The number of affiliated restaurants, cafés, hotels, and other food service providers is now at about 400, with over 20 new venues signing up every week.

Earlier this year, ResQ Club was nominated as finalist in the circular economy competition Green Alley Award.