Bring Me Home | Food App

Bring Me Home | Food App

Bring Me Home | Food AppEat well, save money, fight food waste

The app that lets you buy cheap quality excess food which would otherwise be binned.

Eat smart. Save money.
Rescue surplus food.
1 in 5 meals gets binned just because it's unsold.

Bring Me Home's app lets you buy and pick up discounted surplus food from cafes and restaurants, which would otherwise be binned.

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Cheaper way to dine

Eating at restaurants is as much a part of Australian culture as complaining about the cost of brunch while tucking into smashed avo on toast.

Budgeting for that kind of luxury can be rough, so here are two apps that can make dining in or taking away more affordable.

Bring Me Home is Melbourne entrepreneur Jane Kou Fun's attempt to address an alarming trend: 21.5 per cent of commercial and industrial waste is food. That's about 1.388 million tonnes of perfectly good food being thrown out because it wasn't sold before the restaurant closed, and a variety of other reasons. Currently rolled out across the greater Melbourne area, and looking to expand into Sydney soon, Bring Me Home allows restaurants to say how many serves of food they have left, and price them at a discount. Users pay for the food in the app and then pick it up. It's a simple idea, but in the last six months since the app was launched it's saved more than 1000 meals from going to landfill , and helped people get cheaper meals while still allowing the restaurant to make a profit .

The app has been a boon for Roll'd , a chain of restaurants that specialise in Vietnamese rice paper rolls.

They partnered with Bring Me Home last September with five stores, and are looking at getting their whole network of more than 70 stores on the app.

Roll'd's founder and CEO, Bao Hoang, is a big fan, saying: 'So far we have prevented approximately 50 kilograms worth of food waste from going to landfill , and we look forward to making more of a positive impact with Bring Me Home in the future.'

Most meals on the app are around 40 per cent off, with prices ranging from $2.50 to $10.

On the other hand EatClub, available across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide, is the app cash-strapped restaurant lovers have been waiting for. It's designed so that restaurants can offer a limited number of discounted bookings to users for either eat-in or takeaway. According to CEO Pan Koutlakis, the purpose of the app is to bring customers into restaurants before the dinner rush, but that's not the only reason restaurants offer discounts on the app. There are plenty who use it as a way to keep people coming in while there's construction outside, or some new restaurants use it to find their customer base.

Ruby Kaur, manager of Delhi Streets in Melbourne, uses it as a promotional tool, while also appreciating how the customer service team helps the restaurants.

'It's another channel to actually engage customers to know about Deli Streets, and another way for us to market,' she says. 'Once people started to know about EatClub, we got a lot of customers coming in. And the beauty about it was that as soon as a customer pressed book on EatClub we would get a phone call here in the restaurant, and I'd also get a notification on my phone that this customer has just purchased this amount.''

The app is clearly effective, because it's been downloaded more than 400,000 times, and had well over 500,000 bookings made through it in the last 18 months.

Unlike Deliveroo and Uber Eats, EatClub takes a fixed fee per booking rather than a percentage of the order.

Discounts in the app range from 10 per cent to 60 per cent off the whole bill.

Source: Cheaper way to dine
This article is from the February 14 issue of The Age Digital Edition.
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