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Outcast Foods will upcycle pulp byproduct from Greenhouse’s juice processing operation into isolated dried fruit and vegetable powders for innovative, sustainable new products.
Two Canadian wellness companies have embarked on early stages of a partnership to ultimately eliminate millions of pounds of surplus food byproducts. “The process of cold-pressed juicing creates nutrient dense, high-value juice but results in a large amount of leftover pulp. Typically, this pulp ends up in landfills with a small percentage used in agricultural feed,” said Outcast Foods CEO Dr. Darren Burke. “However, our unique sustainable food technology can be used to recover high value nutrients, polyphenols and fiber remaining in the pulp and make it a valuable raw material for innovative and sustainable food products.”
Outcast Foods uses a state-of-the art three step process to dry fruits and vegetables, immediately locking in the nutrients and extending shelf life to 3 years. The company mission is to create sustainable nutrition for health and the planet by altering our broken food system. “With more uncertainty in our food supply chain now than ever, it’s critical to find ways to reduce food waste; upcycling Greenhouse’s pulp will provide high quality North American fruit & vegetable powders that will end up in delicious and sustainable new products,” said TJ Galiardi, co-founder of Outcast Foods.
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The federal government has lent Dartmouth-based Beyond Food Inc. $925,000 to develop a manufacturing plant and market its nutritional supplement made out of grocery store produce nearing its sell-by date.
The two-year-old company’s mission is to reduce food wastage, which now amounts to $49.5 billion a year in Canada alone, by finding supermarket produce that is about to be tossed out and using it to make a food supplement. It sells nutrition products under the brand TDF Sports, and the supplements are available nationwide.
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency issued a statement Tuesday saying Beyond Food is establishing a new manufacturing facility in Dartmouth to scale up its plant-based nutritional supplement production capacity. This will allow the company to rent its Nutrient Upcycle pods, which are repurposed shipping containers fitted with clean processing technology, to local grocers.
The pods will enable grocers to dehydrate and transform thousands of dollars worth of late-stage fruits and vegetables into nutrient-dense powders. The powders will then be used as ingredients in value-added supplements manufactured and packaged at Beyond Food’s new facility in Dartmouth.
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Halifax-based Beyond Food Inc. has closed a $1 million funding round to help it launch its system that will convert aging supermarket produce into a powdered food supplement.
The company issued a press release this week saying it raised the money from a range of investors, including several National Hockey League players. The company’s website shows that it plans now to develop its first Zero Waste Pod this month and to launch its first partnership with a national supermarket chain in April.
The company was formed two years ago with a core of sports and health enthusiasts. Its mission is to reduce food wastage, which now amounts to $31 billion a year in Canada alone, by finding supermarket produce that is about to be tossed out and using it to make a nutritional food supplement. It sells nutrition products under the brand TDF Sports.
“We are building a revolutionary technology and company,” said Co-Founder and CEO Darren Burke in a statement. “Our Zero Waste Pod is a first in this race to tackle the large challenges related to the excessive food waste occurring in North America and beyond.”