TAAP’s Food Surplus application allows food to be barcode scanned and associated data to be recorded, so that any food with a short shelf life that is either going to waste or being allocated for charitable donation, can be sorted appropriately. Any food retailer can use the application as it is designed to allow the interfaces to be easily replaced with calls to any client’s own product, pricing and waste services data. The platform is flexible and adaptable to a client’s specific needs. The system uses barcode scanners on mobile devices to scan existing product data. At the point of scanning, the retail user indicates if the item can be donated, or is excluded.
The application is already in use within supermarkets and integrates with the FoodCloud and FareShare applications for charitable food donations, which manage the distribution of food waste to charities local to the supermarkets.