This Week in Food News

The Lempert Report
December 06, 2016

A new way to save money on food - BuffetGo. What's really happening in the Burger World?

Millennials report that 80% have never eaten a Big Mac.

I’m sure the folks at McDonald’s were none to pleased when they read this finding in the Wall St. Journal. Nor were their stockholders. After all these are the food trend setters that everyone seems to want to eat their foods! 

According to the report in the Wall St Journal, the millennial craves fresh ingredients and smaller craft burgers that promise made to order beef patties other than McDonald's frozen ground beef. The Golden Arches has attempted the made-to-order approach with higher quality ingredients but that comes at a price, and customers are not willing to pay $5 for those sandwiches. Perhaps its time for the folks in Oakbrook to take a field trip to Shake Shack, Bareburger and others to see just what’s going on in the burger world. 

How far would you go to save money on food?

It’s a question that BuffetGo offers an answer: it’s app lets users buy leftover food from restaurant buffets ? at up to 90 percent off the original price. All you have to do is type in your zip code, order a meal and pick it up – usually at the restaurant’s closing time. You fill up a to-go container from the buffet and enjoy. 

The service is proven in 8 countries and started in Finland. Besides saving people big bucks, the other mission of the company is to reduce waste. They report that globally they saves more than 240,000 portions of food from being sent to landfills each day and they donate 20% of their profit to United Nations World Food Programme, who’s mission is to reduce hunger.

Just go to BuffetGo, type in your zip code and see which restaurants are in your area. Here in LA they ranged from hotel buffets to Indian to a lot of Chinese food buffets all were in the $4-$5 range.