Outcast and Sobeys Partner to Tackle Food Waste

by Outcast Foods

Outcast and Sobeys Partner to Tackle Food Waste - Outcast Upcycled Nutrition


Outcast to help Sobeys Reduce Food Waste in its Atlantic Canada Stores.

  • Sobeys Inc. has pledged to reduce Food Waste by 50% by 2025 across its operations as part of their commitment to reduce their environmental impact and protect the planet for future generations.
  • NS business plans to upcycle Sobeys current edible fruit and vegetable waste in the region with their innovative sustainable technology.

Dartmouth, NS – Outcast Foods is working with Sobeys Inc. to minimize food waste in its Debert, Nova Scotia distribution center and select Nova Scotia stores.

Outcast uses a state-of-the-art process to dry unsellable fruits and vegetables immediately, locking in the nutrients and extending shelf life to 3 years.  Surplus fruits and vegetables destined for landfills are processed using patent-pending technology and packaged into our Plant Strong Protein products which are available at Sobeys’ retail locations.

“This is the first step in changing the way grocers and food brokers deal with surplus produce,” said Outcast Foods CEO Dr. Darren Burke. “The days of sending edible food to the landfill are coming to an end thanks to our upcycling process that uses multiple innovations from machine learning to a novel, high-efficiency drying invention.” 

Outcast credits Sobeys for their trailblazing approach to sustainability. “Partnerships like this don’t come together overnight,” said TJ Galiardi, CMO of Outcast Foods.  “The Sobeys management team has been contributing expertise and advice since day one. They have provided valuable information to help quantify the problem and are active in the direction we take to find a sustainable solution.”.  

“The innovation the food industry is testing to address both food security and environmental sustainability is very exciting,” said Vittoria Varalli, Vice President, Sustainability and Chief of Staff, Sobeys Inc. “We will learn a lot through this program and our partnership with Outcast and look forward to bringing innovative industry-wide solutions forward that will create a more sustainable future for generations to come.”


Outcast Foods has developed a technology that can turn surplus fruits and vegetables into high value whole plant powders. This reduces food waste, decreases greenhouse gases (GHGs), and makes nutrients in food last longer. They work with farms, food brokers and grocers to convert misfit produce into natural health products, pet food and cosmetics. More information can be found at www.outcastfoods.com 


Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians since 1907. Sobeys Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX: EMP.A), owns, affiliates or franchises more than 1,500 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, Farm Boy and Lawtons Drugs as well as more than 350 retail fuel locations. Sobeys, its franchisees and affiliates employ approximately 127,000 people. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at www.sobeyscorporate.com

For further information, please contact: 

TJ Galiardi, Co-Founder & CMO




Natasha Compton, Director External Communications