Awards & Recognitions

Coffee Flour™ Selected As Launch Food Innovator

rachel van dolsen - Coffee_Flour_L (1)Seattle, WA (February 2, 2017) — Coffee Flour™ has been selected by the LAUNCH Food program as a 2017 inno­vator. This pres­ti­gious network-centred program brings together a cohort of food and agri­cul­tural disrup­tors whose work has the poten­tial to elevate healthier choices, broaden access to nutri­tious food, and ulti­mately improve health outcomes through food around the globe. Selected out of nearly 300 appli­ca­tions submitted by change­makers across 74 coun­tries, Coffee Flour will be one of twelve inno­va­tions show­cased at the LAUNCH Forum on March 30th and 31st at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Every year billions of pounds of coffee cherry fruit, a by­product of coffee produc­tion, are discarded or, to a lesser extent, composted into fertil­izer. Rather than leaving these cher­ries to rot in heaps or pollute local rivers, Coffee Flour uses a propri­etary method to convert them into a nutrient-dense and distinctly flavorful culi­nary ingre­dient that is high in fiber, protein, potas­sium, calcium, and iron. Coffee Flour’s busi­ness model also provides supple­mental income for small­holder farmers and creates addi­tional jobs at local coffee mills, turning what was once waste into an economic boost to coffee-growing commu­ni­ties around the globe.

Through partic­i­pa­tion in the LAUNCH Food network, Coffee Flour will raise its visi­bility within a commu­nity of health and nutrition-focused invest­ment part­ners, market leaders and tech­nical experts, as well as phil­an­thropic, NGO and public sector actors who are committed to accel­er­ating the adop­tion and scale of inno­v­a­tive solu­tions. Coffee Flour hopes to broaden the remit of coffee growing commu­ni­ties that are engaged in Coffee Flour produc­tion in order to expand its envi­ron­mental and economic impact; inte­grate into food distri­b­u­tion programs and other chan­nels that can reach nutri­tion­ally vulner­able popu­la­tions; and strengthen the evidence of impact with respect to envi­ron­mental, economic, and nutri­tional outcomes.

“We are honored to be a part of a select cohort of mission-driven food inno­va­tors from around the globe,” says Coffee Flour Vice President Dipika Matthias, “Through the LAUNCH Food program, we hope to estab­lish a network of part­ners that can help accel­erate progress towards our vision of trans­forming coffee-growing commu­ni­ties though signif­i­cant envi­ron­mental, economic, and nutri­tional impact.”

“I founded Coffee Flour in an effort to turn what was previ­ously an envi­ron­mental nuisance into an econom­i­cally and logis­ti­cally viable source of nutri­tion and revenue for coffee-growing commu­ni­ties,” says Dan Belliveau, founder and CEO of Coffee Flour. “We are thrilled to work with the LAUNCH Food program as we seek to expand Coffee Flour’s global impact ”

About Coffee Flour
Coffee Flour provides a unique combi­na­tion of nutri­tion and impact that empower our customers to change the future of food. Coffee Flour trans­forms coffee fruit pulp, a former waste product, into a nutrient-rich ingre­dient. Poised to rein­vent not only the coffee industry, but also inspire like-minded orga­ni­za­tions to rethink their existing food produc­tion systems, Coffee Flour is a powerful new addi­tion to the global menu.

Coffee Flour is an agri­cul­tural inno­va­tion struc­tured as a for profit busi­ness gener­ating for benefit results with bases in Vancouver, Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Visit www.coffeeflour.com to learn more.
About LAUNCH
LAUNCH’s mission is to build and nurture a commu­nity of inno­va­tors, thought leaders, and deci­sion makers across value chains to collec­tively under­stand, artic­u­late and scale solu­tions for posi­tive systems change leading to a more sustain­able society. LAUNCH combines the disrup­tive poten­tial of cross-disciplinary thinking with the proven utility of estab­lished indus­tries, allowing us to build a new para­digm for the future.

Founding part­ners NASA, NIKE, Inc. the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S Department of State formed LAUNCH in an effort to bring collec­tive genius, unprece­dented networks, and new resources to over­come some of humanity’s toughest sustain­ability chal­lenges. LAUNCH aims to move beyond incre­mental change and make an impact at a systemic level.

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