British firm Real Junk Food Manchester (RJFM) has revealed plans to open a waste food catering business in September this year.
The company is planning to use unused food to offer catering and meal services to people, businesses and organisations.
Real Junk Food Manchester founder and director Corin Bell said: “The year that we have spent running the restaurant has been amazing. A huge social and economic experiment that we have learned so much from.
“We’ve been astounded by the welcome that we’ve received locally, and we’re beyond proud of the sense of community and inclusion that we’ve created. What we want to do now is take everything we’ve learned, and do more.”
The new business operation will focus on commercial outside catering services such as buffets, canapés and hot meals to businesses and organisations.
RJFM will set up the new venture in a large commercial kitchen as part of its latest partnership with a local social housing provider.
It will also collaborate with local charity and public sector groups to supply meals to vulnerable people across the city.
RJFM project director Chris Haydon said: “The volunteering opportunities we’ve been able to offer at the restaurant are social and engaging, and we’ve loved working with a huge range of people, but we feel like we can do more.”
The company opened its first waste food pay-as-you-feel restaurant concept in the UK in September last year. It started as a short term pop-up concept and doubled in size.