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Brief Published: 17 Jul 2015

Expired Fruit Becomes Edible Powder

FoPo Food Powders

Extending the lifecycle of near-expired fruit and vegetables, masters students from Lund University in Sweden have invented a way of turning them into an edible powder called FoPo using a spray-drying process.

The nutrient-rich powder, which has a shelf life of two years, is currently available in banana, raspberry and mango flavours and can be sprinkled onto yoghurt or ice cream, blended into smoothies or used in baking. FoPo surpassed its target on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter by 22% earlier this year, enabling the product to officially launch in July.

In a similar vein, Mexican food start-up Eat Limmo has developed a process that turns food waste such as fruit seeds and peels into an edible substance that can replace eggs and oil in baking. For more on this concept and other new functional flours, see Bakery's New Wave.

As explored in Reframing Rare: The Scarcity Opportunity, global food supplies are dwindling and food security is already a real concern for many populations. Large quantities of food waste are exacerbating this problem.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, an estimated 1.76 billion tonnes of food is wasted each year. With the global population expected to hit 9 billion by 2050, forward-thinking brands are creating ways to produce sustainable and healthy food options that don't negatively impact the environment.

For a deeper look into this concern, see Meat-Free Future Products, Rise of the Sustainable Supermarket, Food for Tomorrow and Future Farming.