SXSW Accelerator Preview: From Table To Farm, GrubTubs Is Making The Most Of Food Waste

SXSW Startup: GrubTubs Uses Restaurant Food Waste To Support Local Farmers

February 14, 2018, by Jeff Thomas

Farm to table is all the rage.  Restaurants serving meat, poultry and vegetables from local farmers have quickly become some of the most popular restaurants in the country. This rise in popularity is helping one big part of the farming industry.

The biggest cost in the farming industry is animal feed. Even with the rise in popularity of farm to table restaurants, direct to home produce and farmer’s markets, many family farmers are reinvesting their revenue right into animal feed. Also, animal feed is a big burden on farm acreage. Animal feed takes up around 70% of the farm acreage.

At the same time, American’s waste an estimated 133 billion pounds of food annually. Wasted food ends up in landfills where it can have a negative impact on the environment.

What if there was a way to help cut back some of this wasted food and solve the animal feed problem at the same time?

That’s exactly what GrubTubs does.

Local restaurants put their food waste in clean GrubTub containers. They then stack their containers up nice and neatly outside the restaurant where a GrubTubs truck picks them up. The food waste is then delivered to the farm where it’s used to harvest protein-rich insects, by the millions, that become a high quality food source for chickens, pigs and fish. Animals actually prefer these insects, called Grubs” over other animal feed.

GrubTubs is the first startup to close the farming circle completely by bringing wasted food back to the farm for feed. GrubTubs recently won the top prize in the Austin, WeWork Creator Awards.

GrubTubs is a top 50 2018 SXSW Accelerator finalist. You can find out more about them at SXSW Interactive, March 5-9th and online at