A new Swedish startup is combating food waste with leftover fruit.
A new Swedish startup is combating food waste with leftover fruit. FoPo takes nearly rotten fruit and turns it into a dry powder with a shelf life two years longer than normal fruit. The powder is being trialed in the Philippines as a way to provide disaster relief, as well as jobs, for poor communities.
The company aims to make a dent in the 1.3 billion tons of food wasted annually. FoPo launched a Kickstarter campaign in May and has raised over $25,000 to get operations up and running. Ten local supermarkets are on board to donate their near-expired produce, and 26 markets have offered to buy back the finished powder, which is made at a much lower cost than other powdered foods.
FoPo is one of a number of circular economy innovations designed to tackle food waste. Last year we highlighted the ugly produce movement, a European effort to get shoppers to embrace the gnarled, misshapen and unsightly fruit that, while perfectly edible, gets discarded regularly.
The movement is even making inroads into upmarket dining. Hip restaurant chain Sweetgreen has even created a limited-edition “scrap” salad dubbed wastED, named after a pop-up restaurant that also served scraps. The dish features several standard ingredients plus kale stems, cabbage cores and broccoli stalks—roasted in anchovy oil to soften and flavor—garnished with spicy sunflower seeds and pesto vinaigrette.
Watch for more groups to embrace food reuse in increasingly creative, even aspirational ways.
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