About Last Minute Market

Last Minute Market is a social enterprise, Spin Off of the University of Bologna, founded in 1998 as a research initiatives. Today, is a entrepreneurial society working at Italian national level, developing local projects aimed at the recovery of unsold goods (marketable or not) in favor of non-profit organizations.

LMM favors the creation of a solidarity network in the area and the contact between demand (non-profit institutions) and offer (businesses).

The objective is the ZERO WASTE: all services offered by LMM are studied and designed to prevent and recuce losses and wastage. LMM was created to assist companies in recovering surplus food, turning waste into a resource. Now LMM's fields of activity have expanded to different types of goods (eg. medicines and non-food), and thanks to the package of services ever more innovative, LMM handles 360° waste prevention.

The services offered are:

  • recovery of surpluses (food, meals, medicines, books, non food goods, etc.)

  • data analysis, loss and waste analysis, estimating the environmental and social impacts

  • training for schools, companies and istitutions

  • communication, marketing projects and content production.

Reduce waste is possible: it is crucial to study this phenomenon, with dedicated researches and studies in order to identify the causes and possible solutions, all along the production and distribution chain up the final consumer. LMM is a win-win project, with benefits for the different stakeholders as well as for the environment.

Some of the best cases of recovery projects

RECOVERY FROM RETAIL SECTOR: with Despar Nordest (Aspiag Service Srl) we have enabled the recovery of surpluses throughout the whole sales network. After 2 years of work, the 200 supermarkets directly managed do not throw into the trash unsold products, but they donate them to non-profit organizations of the area. In 2017 they donated goods for an economic value of € 5.5 millions.

RECOVERY OF COOKED MEALS NOT SERVED BY CANTEEN: the recovery of meals is active since 2004 and currently involves multiple structures: canteens, such as those of the Hera group or Maserati; hospital cooking centres, such as Sant'Orsola (about 6,500 meals donated per years) and Maggiore in Bologna; school canteens and catering centers.

PHARMACY RECOVERY: thanks to the project “Pharmaceutical friend” we recover still valid pharmaceutics purchased and not used by citizens and allocate them to organizations that assist disadvantaged people. In the last 3 years pharmaceutics were covered for a total economic value of about 1 million €.

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