Tops Friendly Markets is expanding its program with Flashfood to 18 additional Rochester-area stores. The latest expansion of the Flashfood program brings the number of Tops stores offering Flashfood to 68 across Western New York.
Since Tops first introduced the Flashfood program to six stores in August 2020 and 44 additional locations throughout 2021, Tops and Flashfood have saved shoppers more than $2.4 million on their grocery bills and diverted 985,358 pounds of food from reaching the landfill. With this latest expansion, Tops and Flashfood expect to hit one million pounds of food waste saved in the coming weeks.
“Part of Tops’ core mission is eradicating hunger, and Flashfood is an innovative tool that allows us to provide quality product at a discounted price helping with the bottom line, all while diverting it from landfills,” said Jeff Culhane, SVP of merchandising.
“After expanding the program to 50 stores, we are thrilled to grow our footprint with Flashfood even further in the Rochester market to help more Tops shoppers save on groceries and continue our mission of reducing our carbon footprint.”
With continued inflation challenges, food insecurity continues to impact families across North America, especially families in New York, where one in seven children face hunger. More than 2.5 million users have turned to Flashfood as a way to save up to 60 percent off items nearing their best-by date, such as meats, dairy, seafood and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Shoppers browse and buy discounted food items through the Flashfood app on their mobile phone and pick up their order from the Flashfood Zone, located inside a participating local Tops Friendly Market store.
The latest expansion will include five Rochester locations and new participating locations in Albion, Avon, Canandaigua, Farmington, Greece, Hamlin, Henrietta, Hilton, Irondequoit, Ontario, Spencerport, Walworth and Waterloo, New York.
“It’s exciting when we can expand our presence with leading retail partners like Tops Friendly Markets,” said Josh Domingues, founder and CEO, Flashfood.
“To expand our partnership for a second time demonstrates not only Tops Friendly Markets’ commitment to sustainability, but our ability to make an impact for both shoppers and the planet. Together, we look forward to bringing even more grocery deals to New York families.”
To learn more about Tops’ sustainability commitments visit topsmarkets.com/sustainability.