Sustainable indulgence in Berlin: Start-up SPRK.global opens first deli with dishes made from surplus food
Deli by SPRK is part of the concept to redistribute and process surplus food for the purpose of resource and climate protection
The goal: Germany’s capital should be free of food surpluses in four years
SPRK receives food surpluses from supply chain partners nationwide and expands services across state borders
Berlin Partner and esswirtschaft are among the first supporters and will accompany the opening on May 27, 2021
Berlin, May 27, 2021: Impact startup SPRK.global today announced the official opening of the first "Deli by SPRK'' in Berlin. The store in the Akazienkiez in Schöneberg will offer SPRK.manufactory products for sale and daily changing dishes for takeaway. The special: The dishes and products are made from surplus food that SPRK receives from its supply chain partners. The Deli by SPRK is another pillar in the startup's concept, which aims to reduce and eliminate food surpluses that occur at the beginning and middle of the supply chain in the long term.
The deli's offerings include soups, wraps, bowls, pastries and breads, as well as drinks, as well as specialty coffees. All dishes can be offered vegetarian. With this approach, SPRK closes the food loop. Surplus goods are given a second life by being transformed into dishes or products - this protects resources and the climate. On average, one kilogram of wasted food results in an environmental impact of about 2.5 kilograms of CO2 equivalents. So far, SPRK has redistributed around 130 tons of food, which corresponds to around 325 tons of CO2 equivalents that were not unnecessarily produced.
Alexander Piutti, founder and CEO of SPRK.global comments: "With the Deli, we are giving Berliners the opportunity to taste sustainable dishes and products - a unique concept so far. In a few years, the capital can be free of food surpluses, we are convinced of that. We have already redistributed or processed over 130 tons of food in the Berlin area. With food deliveries, such as to Mallorca, we were able to make a contribution and show that our approach is necessary and expandable." Since February 2021, SPRK has also been delivering across national borders: the non-profit organization HOPE Mallorca has so far received around 31 tons of food from SPRK.global.
Berlin's business development agency Berlin Partner, esswirtschaft and Optimahl have been among the supporters from the very beginning. Dr. Stefan Franzke, Managing Director of Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, said at the opening: "In the capital region, people are outbidding each other with great ideas for a better way of living together on a healthy, resource-saving path to the future. The SPRK team was among the first impactpreneurs to question cycles and take initiative against indifference. Companies like
SPRK impressively prove that Berlin, more than any other city, stands for creative solutions with which we make sustainability a way of life."
Mirko Mann, Managing Director of esswirtschaft adds, "We are very pleased that we have been able to deepen our cooperation even more in recent months. In our locations from esswirtschaft, we have already firmly established an SPRK dish made from surplus food. In the new Deli by SPRK, we can now use our synergies perfectly."
The SPRK concept for reducing food surpluses in the supply chain is built on several pillars: At its core is the AI-driven distribution platform, which connects supply chain participants with buyers and ensures that food surpluses in the supply chain are identified, redistributed and avoided in the long term. SPRK.manufactory products and Deli by SPRK serve as additional channels to engage consumers and society to close the loop. For example, surplus tomatoes are turned into tomato soup, ketchup or pesto and offered through the Deli. Other distribution channels for SPRK products are being planned, as is the opening of additional delis. The address of the Deli by SPRK is: Akazienstraße 3a in 10823 Berlin-Schöneberg. The Deli is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Berlin-based impact startup SPRK.global GmbH (SPRK) aims to eliminate food waste in the supply chain. This is done by rapidly redistributing or processing surplus food that is perfectly edible. The long-term mission is to significantly reduce food overproduction in collaboration with supply chain stakeholders in order to conserve valuable resources and significantly reduce CO2 emissions.
To achieve this, the startup relies on a unique technology using artificial intelligence. This connects the participants in the supply chain and ensures that surplus food is redistributed quickly and in line with demand, while systematically taking into account public welfare organizations as buyers. Worldwide, 1.6 billion tons of food are wasted annually, 12 million tons of which are wasted in Germany alone.
Founded in March 2020, the startup's approach is closely aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 12 (Sustainable Consumption and Production), SDG 13 (Climate Action). SDG 2 (No Hunger), and SDG 17 (Partnerships to Achieve the Goals).
With its innovative technology approach, SPRK won first place among 2,400 international applicants worldwide in the XTC Extreme Tech Challenge (Smart Cities category) in July 2020, the largest "Tech For Good" competition for sustainable startups.
SPRK was nominated for Federal Award/Digitization "Zu gut für die Tonne" in March 2021.
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