Spoiler Alert App Makes Donating Surplus Food As Easy As Tossing It In A Dumpster


Spoiler Alert is an app that wants to put itself out of business.

That’s unlikely to happen considering the enormity of the problem—food waste—the startup is tackling. Its founders, recent MIT Sloan graduates Emily Malina and Ricky Ashenfelter, however, hope to keep tons of food out of landfills by making it quick and simple for companies to donate or sell surplus inventory.

Based in Cambridge, Mass. and currently available in the New England region, Spoiler Alert is a business-to-business marketplace. Eight organizations participated in its pilot program earlier this year and Malina says nearly 10,000 pounds of food were donated through the iOS app (web and Android versions are coming soon). Some listings were claimed in as little as three minutes.

Now the startup is recruiting more businesses, seeking funding, and eyeing expansion throughout the U.S. Ultimately, Malina and Ashenfelter want to build a food analytics platform to help companies plan their…

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