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Actually the barcode in packaging already contain all the information needed to display picture, product description, and expiry date. So partnership with retailer is needed to store its database in cloud. User later can have barcode in their apps so before check out can be scanned and get access to their purchases.  

Hi Kerrin McLaughlin ,
This is really a great idea! I have similar idea like yours. So last February I attended Design Thinking workshop in 1 week student conference about food security in Germany. During the workshop, I teamed up with 2 other participants to find solution in food waste and got an idea to make an apps to reduce food waste in consumer level. After conference, back to my home country I continue working on the idea with my brother who is programmer to compete in Global challenge about Open data for food system (We only went through semifinal). The apps design that we made is called "Cupboard". Overall it's really similar only we have some additional features such as:

1. We use cloud based data that once you check out from register, the product detail and expiry date automatically can be accessed through user's account
2. We use adjustable reminder that user can set how many days before the expiry date user will get notified. It gives users sense of emergency to execute their inventory immediately (based on our survey when we validate the idea)
 3. To execute/process the inventory, users have 2 ways to do it. First, gather possible recipes based on user's inventory just like your apps do. Secondly, for users who don't have time or their recipe don't require particular item in inventory, they can share it to their circle based on location or friends. So other user can complete their recipe and they can get their ingredient for free instead of buy it while at the same time save those foods (We surveyed this and people more engaged to the platform because it's kinda like game when you completing task and stuff). Or other people who need it can collect them.

I'm about to submit the idea here and then I saw your contribution. I'm so excited when I see your demo and illustration, it is so well executed I really like it.  Maybe if you consider to add those features above feel free to use it or please reach me out if you are interested to collaborate. 

All the best,