Winner of local EAT award 2016

Food waste solution for Swedish schools wins the Local EAT Award

Published June 14, 2016

(Stockholm 13.06.16) On Monday, Camilla Byrinder and her company, Qualifare Consulting, were announced winners of the Local EAT Award 2016. At the EAT Stockholm Food Forum, she received the winning prize of 100 000 NOK, and business mentoring by Petter Stordalen.

This spring, Nordic Choice Hotels, together with EAT, the Norwegian Confederation of Enterprises and The Swedish Federation of Business Owners, have searched for innovative solutions within food, health and sustainability. In May, ten candidates were announced regional winners in Norway and Sweden, and in June, two of these were given the title of National Champion for their country. Today, during the EAT Stockholm Food Forum, Camilla Byrinder’s solution for reducing food waste in Swedish schools was announced the winner of Local EAT Award 2016.

-I am incredibly happy that my meal optimizer was announced the winner of Local EAT Award. This gives me focus and energy to continue being an “icebreaker” in a conservative industry, as well as raising awareness about the major difference reducing food waste can do for our environment, Byrinder says.

«Many of us are working hard to fight climate change, but few are as heavily invested in solving the challenges we are facing, as Camilla» Petter Stordalen

Byrinder’s solution connects the absence systems of Swedish schools with the school kitchens, making it easy to estimate the number of meals that need preparation on any given day. The innovation has contributed to a significant reduction in food waste in the schools that have used Qualifare’s solution.

The meal optimizer is already in use in many Swedish schools, but the potential for growth is still significant. By the end of the year, the IT solution will be available to 80 per cent of Swedish schools and counties.

-Camilla has found a smart solution to the problem of food waste in public schools. Too much of the food ends up as waste, and her solutions is a great example of how a simple idea has the potential for massive changes. It is inspiring to see how Qualifare is applying new technology to available data, and finding sustainable solutions, says CEO of The Swedish Federation of Business Owners, Günther Mårder.

Jury member Petter Stordalen is looking forward to see how the meal optimizer will be received in the broader marked in the future.

-Many of us are working hard to fight climate change, but few are as heavily invested in solving the challenges we are facing, as Camilla. We know that too much food ends up as waste, and Camilla’s brilliant idea makes it easy to do something about that problem. I see great potential for her solution, says jury member, Petter A. Stordalen.