Food waste is problem of global growing concern. Because of its limited shelf life, produce is especially vulnerable to going unused. But a group of Swedish students believes they have a solution: Don’t throw that expiring fruit out – pulverize it!
FoPo Food Powder is a product created by students at Lund University in Sweden. Nearly expired fruits and vegetables are dried and turned into a powder creating a product with a new shelf life of two years that still maintains much of the nutrition and taste of the original products. It appears FoPo is the first freeze-dried fruit product made entirely from produce that was slated to be thrown out.
“[We are] not into using a new product or new technology, [but] creating value out of the inefficiency of the food system,” Gerald Marin, a food innovation and product design student, told Mashable. “The innovation of our business is that we are getting the expired fruits and vegetables.”