NAGOYA -- Three companies in this central Japan city have jointly installed vending machines to sell food items nearing their expiry dates at discounted prices to reduce food waste.
The items on offer from the machines are safe to eat but cannot be sold at stores. They include out-of-season snacks such as items for Halloween, and products with damaged packages. The vending machines were installed inside JR Nagoya Station and at three nearby locations on Oct. 29 by three companies in the Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Central) group, including JR Tokai Takashimaya Co.
The products are sold at 30% to 50% off the usual prices. The vending machines are apparently the first of their kind in the country to be installed to reduce multiple manufacturers' food waste.
Under the scheme, customers register their credit card or another payment method at the designated "fuubo" website at https://fuubo-nofoodloss.com/ (in Japanese) and receive a password, which lets them retrieve items from the machines. Drinks from Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel's guest room refrigerators will later be added to the machines.
Ten kinds of items including cup noodles and bread are sold via the machines, and their prices vary depending on expiration dates.
A representative at JR Central expressed hope that the machines would help reduce food waste, and commented, "By installing the machines at high-traffic locations, we hope people will take an interest in them."
(Japanese original by Shiho Sakai, Nagoya News Center)