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Food waste reduction by connecting commercial kitchens to the cloud

April 2019
Gallery Winnow 1
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Winnow connects commercial kitchens to the cloud allowing them to record and analyse exactly what is put in the bin.

Using a camera, a set of smart scales and the same type of machine learning technology found in autonomous vehicles, Winnow Vision ‘learns’ to recognise different foods being thrown in the bin and calculates the financial and environment cost of this discarded food to commercial kitchens. Businesses and chefs can then adjust their food purchasing decisions accordingly, reducing their spending and tackling a fundamental problem of food waste: overproduction. Winnow has helped commercial kitchens save more than $33 million in annualised food costs which equates to preventing over 23 million meals going in the bin. The new, AI-powered Winnow Vision is already installed in over 75 kitchens and the technology will be rolled out to hundreds more this year.

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Label Date April 18, 2019
From United Kingdom
Maturity stage Medium and large scale commercialization
Looking For Visibility, new opportunities

Implementation Stories

Winnow by Winnow Solutions
Implemented by IKEA (Ingka Group) in Leiden (Netherlands) in 2019

As the largest retailer within the IKEA franchise system, Ingka Group oversees approximately 400 IKEA outlets across more than 30 countries. Through the adoption of Winnow, Ingka Group recognized a chance to combat food wastage by combining co-worker awareness with technology. At the core of this endeavor is the integration of artificial intelligence, made possible through a partnership with Winnow Solutions. This significant accomplishment is credited to the commitment of over 20,000 IKEA food co-workers, who have received training to integrate Winnow's AI technology into their everyday tasks and are fully committed to the company's goals.


Ingka Group, has reduced food waste by 54% in its IKEA stores. That translates into more than 20 million saved meals and 36,000 tonnes of CO2e that have been avoided.

Winnow by Winnow Solutions
Implemented by Marriott International in London (United Kingdom) in 2024

Winnow has been selected as the food waste solution provider for over 50 Marriott UK and Ireland hotels, equipping their teams with AI-enabled tracking technology. Winnow already works with Marriott chefs around the world. Their skill and dedication, combined with Winnow's AI tech, are setting a new standard in cutting food waste.


This new collaboration will aid Marriott International in attaining its 2025 goal of reducing food waste by 50%, using 2016 as the reference year.


The environmental benefits

  • 33 000 000$ in total savings from Winnow users.
  • 40-70% reduction in food waste within 6-12 months.

The Financial benefits

  • Food cost savings in the 3-8% range which improves margins.

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Winnow Solutions

Shine a light on food waste in your kitchen

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Headquarters Londres SE1, Royaume-Uni

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