Its grocery partners include Fruiterie Milano, Marché BKR, Le Paradis du Fromage, Boucherie La Petite-Patrie, La Baia Dei Formaggi, Épicerie SODA, Épices et Tout in Longueuil and Le Palais de l’Épicerie Fine in Laval.
Users can shop for individual products within the Sauvegarde app, while partners also offer what Saliby describes as “surprise bags” of items from grocery and bakery partners. Grocery partner Fruiterie Milano, for example, is currently offering $30 worth of mixed produce—which might be misshapen and unappealing to store shoppers—for $20.
The organization has also aligned its objectives with those of the City of Montreal, which has committed to reducing food waste by 50% by 2025 and achieving zero waste by 2030.
Saliby says there’s no sense of competition with rival food waste apps, even noting the eventual arrival of a new product called Foody Saviour. “We don’t see them as competitors,” he says. “Our objective is to eliminate food waste, which is a big problem. The more there are, the more we can make a difference.”
Saliby continues to add functionality to the app, including a feature that enables users to identify preferred merchants and receive notifications when new products are available for purchase.
Saliby comes to Sauvegarde from finance, having worked with companies including Air Canada and GE Capital. He says he was taught to never waste food while growing up, something that stuck with him into adulthood.
“My whole life I wanted to create something that would catapult the world into a better place,” he says.