Smart Meter Helps Cut Food Waste

Winnow’s smart meter helps chefs measure and manage food waste by recording what’s thrown in the bin.

By connecting the Winnow smart meter to their waste bin and customizing it to the menu, kitchen staff in the catering and hospitality industry can learn exactly what food is wasted, and at what cost, in an effort to reduce food losses and save money.
The system shows kitchen staff the value of each item wasted and sends the information to a cloud platform for data tracking. It also sends daily reports to pinpoint ways to cut waste and track performance, allowing commercial kitchens to record and analyze exactly what is put in the bin. This gives busy chefs the information necessary to drive improvements in their production processes, cut food waste, and save money at the same time. Last year, 200 kitchens cut their food waste in half using the Winnow smart meter and together achieved millions of dollars in savings, according to the company.

Relevance of solution

According to FAO, roughly one-third of all food produced for human consumption is wasted, worth almost $1 trillion.1 By significantly reducing this number, Winnow’s smart meter offers a simple solution that cuts food waste and CO2 emissions while saving businesses money.

Triple Bottom Line


Winnow prevented 700 tons of food from reaching landfills and saved more than 3,400 metric tons of CO2 emissions in 2015.


Saving just half the food lost today could provide enough to feed the entire world, and thereby ensure food security.2


In 2015, the Winnow smart meter helped 200 kitchens cut their food waste in half, resulting in $2.9 million in savings.


  1. FAO. ”SAVE FOOD: Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction”. (Undated)
  2. FAO. ”Food Loss and Food Waste”. (Undated)