Sustainable Innovation

San Francisco 49ers expand food waste deal with Copia

Tech company will now focus on vendors at Levi’s Stadium.

by Stephan Georgiou

San Francisco 49ers expand food waste deal with Copia

Technology company Copia has enhanced its partnership with the National Football League’s (NFL) San Francisco 49ers by reducing food waste at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

Partners since 2016, Copia has worked with organisations such as the NFL to reduce food waste by delivering excess food to non-profit organisations and shelters.

Since the start of the partnership with the 49ers, which involved recovering food from the players’ cafeteria, Copia has redistributed over 26,000 pounds worth of quality food to the local community that would otherwise be thrown away, according to a report by SportTechie.

From the start of the new NFL season, the partnership now covers collecting excess food from restaurants at the 68,500-capacity stadium, debuting as the 49ers defeated the Detroit Lions in September. Having provided more than 22,000 meals to the Santa Clara community through the scheme, the development is also likely to boost businesses that leverage Copia’s technology platform to feed local communities.

Copia’s platform allows organisations to make requests for donations, while its pickup service enables quick distribution while also cutting fuel emissions.

On the field the 49ers are struggling, they lost star quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to an ACL injury last week and suffered a narrow 29-27 defeat to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.