Inspired by the fact that more than 1.3 billion tonnes of food are thrown out globally each year and that 400,000 tonnes of food does not make it to the end user in Croatia, two Zagreb entrepreneurs have launched the first food outlet in Croatia which sells surplus food at affordable prices from factories, food with impaired packaging and food that has almost reached expiry date but is still safe for use.
Mario Zamboki, who has come up with the idea, told Hina on Wednesday that the Food Outlet - Zabac sells food, cleaning products, toiletries and other products at prices that are 50% to 90% lower than their original retail price.
He added that products are obtained from various producers and that customer demand is high.
With this project Zamboki and his wife hope to prevent food wasting by changing the way people think about throwing out food.
Zamboki warned that almost two-thirds of the food produced that could have found its way to end users is thrown out or wasted. He said that his food outlet offers people of poor social status the possibility to buy regular products at affordable prices.
"We have realised that throwing food away is unacceptable from an ethical and economic aspect because some people cannot afford to buy food and also natural resources, such as water, are exhausted causing environmental pollution," he said.
Zamboki hopes that other entrepreneurs will catch on to the idea in other Croatian cities and he plans to open a larger store than the current one in downtown Zagreb as well as introduce mobiles stores.