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'Virtual kitchen' app to cut food waste

An app to help consumers reduce food waste has been launched as part of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign (LFHW).

Users can have the app remind them of what they have in their fridge, use by dates for food, and warn of duplications of ingredients for planned meals.

They can also plan portion sizes, and store, share and rate recipes, as well finding recipes to match the ingredients they have.

Users can also “instantly ‘unpack’ food purchases into your virtual kitchen” by pressing a button on your shopping list, but have to add staples they already have by hand. Once ingredients have been used the items have to be taken out of your virtual kitchen.

Love Food Hate Waste app

The free app, available for iPhone and Android devices, is part of a wider campaign by WRAP to educate consumers about food, food packaging and storage, with a view to cutting food waste.

LFHW’s Emma Marsh said that people in the UK throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food every year.

“This good food and drink costs us around £12bn a year, and the average household could save up to £50 a month by making the most of the food they buy,” she said.

“Wasting less food is not only good for our pockets, but it’s also good for the environment, helping to save energy and water, and reducing our carbon footprint,” she added. “By making all this information available via the new free app, we want to make it even easier for people to get the most from the food they buy.”

Smartphone users can download the app from Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play Store.

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