The Indian Express, November 26, 2017

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Posted on November 26, 2017 by Rakshita Sareen

Food Dosti, an app that aims to minimise food wastage, has been launched in Pune. The application has been developed by Samvad Social Technologies and aims to fight food wastage at restaurants by incentivising customers who do not leave leftovers. It acts as a bridge between the restaurants and customers.

Through the Food Dosti Connect app, non-government organisations can place a request for required food, which will connect them to the restaurants that can provide surplus food.

Sanjeev Neve, said, “Usually, if you tell people not to waste food, they take offence. So, our idea was to reward them for finishing the food they order so there is less wastage. To reward people, we asked restaurants to give cashbacks to customers for finishing food. This helped the restaurants too, as now they can optimise their food production.”

Vikram Gaikwad from Janvi foundation, an NGO which uses the Food Dosti Connect app, was also present for the launch.

Addressing the press conference, he said the app had helped them provide food to the homeless. Other NGOs, in partnership with Samvad Social’s Food Dosti Connect, are International Leprosy Union, Vasantrao Jadhav Welfare Foundation, Mahashree Parashar Sevabhavi Sanstha and Sparsh Balgram.

The chief guest for the event was Pune’s Deputy Mayor Siddharth Dhende.  He said, “Pune Municipal Corporation will also consider providing concession in property tax to restaurants who connect with Food Dosti.”  “…There are at least 13,000 restaurants in Pune. A lot of food is wasted at functions and festivals too. Now, this app can help in distribution of the surplus food to the needy,” he added. Neve added that locals looking to distribute surplus food can also place requests on the app.

Some of the restaurants who have tied up with the app are Cafe Darca, Villa Casa, Sante Spa, Salt Water, Tea Trails etc. Neve said, “For now, we have only collaborated with the fine dine and buffet themed restaurants. We need time to sensitise fast food and street food joints about this cause. So, we will try to reach out and raise awareness about our initiative.”

Others present at the launch were Kishore Sarpotdar, secretary of the Pune Restaurant and Hoteliers’ Association, and celebrity chef Nilesh Limaye.

Yashobhumi November 25,2017

EENADU INDIA, NOVEMBER 24, 2017

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पुणे – हॉटेल-रेस्टॉरंटमध्ये जेवण करताना अतिरिक्त शिल्लक असलेले अन्न वाया जाऊ नये, यासाठी एका आयटी इंजिनियरने ‘फुड दोस्ती’ हे फुड डोनेट अॅप तयार केले आहे. संजीव नेवे असे त्याचे नाव असून देशात पहिल्यांदाच अशाप्रकारे फुड डोनेट अॅप तयार करण्यात आले आहे. तर मग जाणून घेऊया या फुड दोस्ती अॅपबद्दल…

या अॅपच्या माध्यमातून फुडी व्यक्तींना त्यांचे शिल्लक असलेले अन्न हॉटेल मालकाकडे जमा ठेवून, पुन्हा ताज्या स्वरुपात खाण्याची संधी मिळत आहे. हॉटेल-रेस्टॉरंट चालकांना रेस्टॉरंटमध्ये शिल्लक असलेले अन्न शहरातील गरजू व्यक्तींना दान करण्याची सुविधादेखील या अॅपमध्ये उपलब्ध करून देण्यात आली आहे.
हॉटेल आणि रेस्टॉरंट चालक आपल्याला सहसा हाफ प्लेट अन्न देत नाहीत. त्यामुळे खाण्याची इच्छा नसतानादेखील आपल्याला फुल प्लेट अन्न ऑर्डर करावे लागल्याने बहुतेकदा आपण ऑर्डर केलेले अन्न वाया जाते. मात्र, ‘फुड दोस्ती’ अॅपच्या माध्यमातून तुम्हाला फुल प्लेट अन्न ऑर्डर करून त्यातील हाफ प्लेट अन्न हॉटेल मालकाकडे जमा ठेवता येणार आहे. हॉटेल मालकाकडे जमा असलेले अन्न आपण हॉटेलमध्ये पुन्हा कधीही जाऊन खाऊ शकता. त्यामुळे हॉटेलमध्ये ग्राहकांचे अन्न फेकले जात नाही. तसेच, हॉटेल-रेस्टॉरंट चालकाकडे अतिरिक्त शिल्लक असलेले अन्न काही संस्थांना देऊन गरजूंपर्यंत अन्नदान करण्याची सुविधादेखील या अॅपमध्ये उपलब्ध करून देण्यात आली आहे. त्यामुळे अन्नाची नासाडी होणार नाही आणि अन्नाचा सदुपयोग होईल, अशा पद्धतींने हे अॅप संजीव नेवे यांनी तयार केले आहे.

या अॅपचे फिचर्स खूप छान असल्याने लोकांचा या अॅपला चांगला प्रतिसाद मिळत आहे. पुण्यातील जवळपास १५० हॉटेल आणि रेस्टॉरंट चालकांनी या अॅपच्या माध्यमातून सेवा द्यायला सुरुवात केली आहे. टेक्नो सेवी तरुणांच्या युगात या अॅपचा वापर वाढल्याने देशात अन्न नासाडीला आळा घालण्यास आपल्याला काही प्रमाणात का होईना निश्चितच मदत होणार आहे.

NAVBHARAT, NOVEMBER 24, 2017

KESARI, NOVEMBER 23, 2017

PUNEKAR NEWS, NOVEMBER 22, 2017

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Pune, November 21st 2017: After successfully completing one year in Pune, Samvad Social Technologies have launched Food Dosti app version 2.0 at an event held at the Deccan Royale hotel. Recognized as India’s first zero food wastage platform, the application encourages patrons to opt for a cleaner plate after every meal, and also makes sure the surplus food put to good use — by sharing them with the needy. The event held on 21stNovember 2017 witnessed the launch of a second version of the app, which focuses on the release of NGO connect.

On this occasion, Mr. Sanjeev Neve, Founder & Executive Director, Samvad Social Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Said, “Samvad Social Technologies is committed to build SUSA (socially useful social applications. Food Dosti is first of them however, we have a vision to build many more such platforms in near future. Food dosti connects a restaurant to its customers and on the other hand to non-profits to minimize food wastage which proves to be beneficial to all the parties involved in the application. The ultimate goal of Food Dosti is that the restaurants shouldn’t be left with any food to up cycle and should have optimum production without any wastage”. Pune’s Deputy Mayor, Dr. Siddharth Dhende who was the guest of honor of the event, announced, “We extend our full support to the cause. Also, we will be more than happy to give some incentives and concessions to the restaurants who partner for such causes.” Nilesh Limaye, Indian Celebrity Chef who was also present at the event shared his thoughts on zero food wastage.

The 150 restaurants that have joined hands with Food Dosti, claim that associating with the smart phone application has benefitted them, not only in terms of sales, but also in ways of contributing to the society. Apart from this, the future amendments by the government are also expected to benefit the partnered restaurants respectively. Along with the restaurants, Food Dosti application has also proven to be a boon for the associated NGOs who have constantly been providing well cooked meals to the less fortunate, thereby contributing to their wellbeing.Out of the partnered restaurants and NGOs, some of the restaurants like Café Sarca, Villa Casa, Sante Spa, Salt water, Tea Trails, etc. and NGOs like Janhvi Foundation, International Leprosy Union, Vasantrao Jadhav Welfare Foundation, Maharshee Parashar Sevabhavi Sanstha, Sparsh Balgram.

Loksatta,November 22,2017
Food Dosti

JANPRAWAS, NOVEMBER 22, 2017

SUNSHINE PUNE, NOVEMBER 21,2017

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Posted on November 21,2017 by  Dileep Athavale

After successfully completing one year in Pune, Samvad Social Technologies have launched Food Dosti app version 2.0 at an event held at the Deccan Royale hotel. Recognized as India’s first zero food wastage platform, the application encourages patrons to opt for a cleaner plate after every meal, and also makes sure the surplus food put to good use — by sharing them with the needy. The event held on 21st November 2017 witnessed the launch of a second version of the app, which focuses on the release of NGO connect.

On this occasion, Mr. Sanjeev Neve, Founder & Executive Director, Samvad Social Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Said, “Samvad Social Technologies is committed to build SUSA (socially useful social applications. Food Dosti is first of them however, we have a vision to build many more such platforms in near future. Food dosti connects a restaurant to its customers and on the other hand to non-profits to minimize food wastage which proves to be beneficial to all the parties involved in the application. The ultimate goal of Food Dosti is that the restaurants shouldn’t be left with any food to up cycle and should have optimum production without any wastage”. Pune’s Deputy Mayor, Dr. Siddharth Dhende who was the guest of honor of the event, announced, “We extend our full support to the cause. Also, we will be more than happy to give some incentives and concessions to the restaurants who partner for such causes.” Nilesh Limaye, Indian Celebrity Chef who was also present at the event shared his thoughts on zero food wastage.
The 150 restaurants that have joined hands with Food Dosti, claim that associating with the smart phone application has benefitted them, not only in terms of sales, but also in ways of contributing to the society. Apart from this, the future amendments by the government are also expected to benefit the partnered restaurants respectively. Along with the restaurants, Food Dosti application has also proven to be a boon for the associated NGOs who have constantly been providing well cooked meals to the less fortunate, thereby contributing to their wellbeing. Out of the partnered restaurants and NGOs, some of the restaurants like Café Sarca, Villa Casa, Sante Spa, Salt water, Tea Trails, etc. and NGOs like Janhvi Foundation, International Leprosy Union, Vasantrao Jadhav Welfare Foundation, Maharshee Parashar Sevabhavi Sanstha, Sparsh Balgram.

BLOGGERSADDA, NOVEMBER 21, 2017

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Samvad Social Technologies launches version 2.0 of Food Dosti app in Pune

Posted on November 21, 2017 by Aliasgar Mukhtiar

Pune, November 21st 2017: After successfully completing one year in Pune, Samvad Social Technologies have launched Food Dosti app version 2.0 at an event held at the Deccan Royale hotel. Recognized as India’s first zero food wastage platform, the application encourages patrons to opt for a cleaner plate after every meal, and also makes sure the surplus food put to good use — by sharing them with the needy. The event held on 21stNovember 2017 witnessed the launch of a second version of the app, which focuses on the release of NGO connect.

On this occasion, Mr. Sanjeev Neve, Founder & Executive Director, Samvad Social Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Said, “Samvad Social Technologies is committed to build SUSA (socially useful social applications. Food Dosti is first of them however, we have a vision to build many more such platforms in near future. Food dosti connects a restaurant to its customers and on the other hand to non-profits to minimize food wastage which proves to be beneficial to all the parties involved in the application. The ultimate goal of Food Dosti is that the restaurants shouldn’t be left with any food to up cycle and should have optimum production without any wastage”. Pune’s Deputy Mayor, Dr. Siddharth Dhende who was the guest of honor of the event, announced, “We extend our full support to the cause. Also, we will be more than happy to give some incentives and concessions to the restaurants who partner for such causes.” Nilesh Limaye, Indian Celebrity Chef who was also present at the event shared his thoughts on zero food wastage.

The 150 restaurants that have joined hands with Food Dosti, claim that associating with the smart phone application has benefitted them, not only in terms of sales, but also in ways of contributing to the society. Apart from this, the future amendments by the government are also expected to benefit the partnered restaurants respectively. Along with the restaurants, Food Dosti application has also proven to be a boon for the associated NGOs who have constantly been providing well cooked meals to the less fortunate, thereby contributing to their wellbeing.Out of the partnered restaurants and NGOs, some of the restaurants like Café Sarca, Villa Casa, Sante Spa, Salt water, Tea Trails, etc. and NGOs like Janhvi Foundation, International Leprosy Union, Vasantrao Jadhav Welfare Foundation, Maharshee Parashar Sevabhavi Sanstha, Sparsh Balgram.

One can visit their website //www.fooddosti.com to get an experience of the application.
Samvad Social Technologies launches version 2.0 of Food Dosti app in Pune
Posted on November 21, 2017 by Aliasgar Mukhtiar in Events, Food & Beverages, Uncategorized // 0 Comments

Pune, November 21st 2017: After successfully completing one year in Pune, Samvad Social Technologies have launched Food Dosti app version 2.0 at an event held at the Deccan Royale hotel. Recognized as India’s first zero food wastage platform, the application encourages patrons to opt for a cleaner plate after every meal, and also makes sure the surplus food put to good use — by sharing them with the needy. The event held on 21stNovember 2017 witnessed the launch of a second version of the app, which focuses on the release of NGO connect.

On this occasion, Mr. Sanjeev Neve, Founder & Executive Director, Samvad Social Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Said, “Samvad Social Technologies is committed to build SUSA (socially useful social applications. Food Dosti is first of them however, we have a vision to build many more such platforms in near future. Food dosti connects a restaurant to its customers and on the other hand to non-profits to minimize food wastage which proves to be beneficial to all the parties involved in the application. The ultimate goal of Food Dosti is that the restaurants shouldn’t be left with any food to up cycle and should have optimum production without any wastage”. Pune’s Deputy Mayor, Dr. Siddharth Dhende who was the guest of honor of the event, announced, “We extend our full support to the cause. Also, we will be more than happy to give some incentives and concessions to the restaurants who partner for such causes.” Nilesh Limaye, Indian Celebrity Chef who was also present at the event shared his thoughts on zero food wastage.

The 150 restaurants that have joined hands with Food Dosti, claim that associating with the smart phone application has benefitted them, not only in terms of sales, but also in ways of contributing to the society. Apart from this, the future amendments by the government are also expected to benefit the partnered restaurants respectively. Along with the restaurants, Food Dosti application has also proven to be a boon for the associated NGOs who have constantly been providing well cooked meals to the less fortunate, thereby contributing to their wellbeing.Out of the partnered restaurants and NGOs, some of the restaurants like Café Sarca, Villa Casa, Sante Spa, Salt water, Tea Trails, etc. and NGOs like Janhvi Foundation, International Leprosy Union, Vasantrao Jadhav Welfare Foundation, Maharshee Parashar Sevabhavi Sanstha, Sparsh Balgram.

One can visit their website //www.fooddosti.com to get an experience of the application.

(L to R):
Sanjeev Neve, Founder & Executive Director,
Samvad Social Technologies Pvt. Ltd; Kishore Sarpotdar, Secretary, Pune Restaurant & Hoteliers’ Association; Dr. Siddharth Dhende, Pune’s Deputy Mayor; Nilesh Limaye, Indian Celebrity Chef; Anita Neve, Creative Director, Samvad Social Techbologies Pvt Ltd