Spanish meals manufacturing community Blendhub operates a Meals-as-a-Service, with companions starting from farmer associations to formulators, and components suppliers.
This latter class now consists of Danish start-up UpFood, which has partnered with Blendhub to attain the joint objective of creating ‘nutritious and reasonably priced merchandise out there to extra folks in additional locations’.
“Blendhub is working a worldwide Meals-as-a-Service enterprise mannequin the place worth aligned folks and organisations can collaborate to create shared worth,” Blendhub founder and CEO Henrik Stamm Kristensen advised FoodNavigator.
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Dutch start-up UpFood was based in 2018 by Sajjad Haider, who had meals waste on his thoughts. Yearly, thousands and thousands of tons of meals is misplaced at post-harvest and storage ranges as a result of farmers can not instantly promote, course of, or safely retailer their surplus produce.
UpFood goals to supply a low-cost and sustainable technical answer to protect and course of this surplus meals. In collaboration with each farmers and the meals business, the start-up makes use of its patent pending, solar-powered fruit and vegetable drying expertise to upcycle surplus produce into ‘nutritious’ and shelf-stable dried meals components – on the supply.
The usual mannequin has the capability to dry one megaton of contemporary vegetables and fruit day by day, however the dryer capability might be scaled and customised to a capability from 50kg/day appropriate for smallholder farmers as much as 10MT per day for industrial manufacturing.
“UpFood’s expertise is facilitating upcycling of enormous volumes of contemporary meals waste utilizing a low value, off-grid and robotically managed and CO2 impartial drying course of creating meals components which might be despatched again into the meals worth chain,” defined Kristensen.
The dryer cannot solely be deployed at post-harvest stage, but in addition in any manufacturing plant as a drying unit prior earlier than the powder processing stage.
Dried components for bakery, ice cream and drinks
The collaboration will assist optimise the sourcing of plant-based uncooked supplies for the event of recent components, whereas combating waste.
In keeping with Kristensen, because of the tie-up, Blendhub now affords the potential for incorporating its applied sciences to suppliers, clients, buyers and enterprise companions to speed up the event of native and sustainable meals manufacturing.
“The brand new providing of those useful powder-based meals components will give us, our platform companions and clients, the likelihood to include these components into meals recipes starting from powder primarily based personalised diet to bakery, ice lotions, vegan primarily based meals and drinks, and plenty of different present and novel meals purposes.”