Finnish food startup ResQ Club launches this weekend its online marketplace for restaurant leftovers in Brussels and five smaller Finnish towns.
ResQ is in the centre of Finnish Lunchgate scandal, with rival Lunchie saying ResQ stole their idea of selling unsold food from restaurants. ResQ and Lunchie are on the market two years after international pioneers like American PareUp or French OptiMiam, which raised 500,000 euros earlier this year, launched their first services.
ResQ lanched its service in January, winning a lot of local media attantion, and has 8 Finnish towns covered in addition to Brussels, with more than 11,000 registered users.
Lunchie opened its service quietly in February and said this week the service was available also in Tampere and Kuopio in addition to the capital area.
Reducing food waste is a big growing trend globally – with roughly half of produced food being actually eaten, and in Finnish restaurants 20% of eatable food usually dumped.