United Nations Organization for Industrial Development and The Italian Investment & Technology Promotion Office Awards Coffee Flour’s Innovative Methods For Waste Prevention
(May 10, 2017) — Coffee Flour™ has been selected as winner of the Overall Category in the II Edition of the International Award 2017 “Innovative Ideas and Technology on Agribusiness” promoted by UNIDO ITPO Italy, the Italian National Research Council and Seeds & Chips under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Coffee Flour was selected as one of five awardees from 300 applications for the 2017 International Award. As a winner, Coffee Flour had the opportunity to participate as a guest of honor and speaker for the Official Award Ceremony as part of the Special Conference – Inspire Power “Food Security for Developing Countries” – to be held on 10 May 2017 in Milan within the Seeds and Chips conference. The high-level event was a unique occasion to present Coffee Flour’s innovative product, business model, and global impact to an audience of government officials, multilateral agencies, investors, entrepreneurs, and managers from the food & beverage industy.
Every year billions of pounds of coffee cherries, a byproduct of coffee production, are discarded or, to a lesser extent, composted into fertilizer. When left to decompose in landfills, wet coffee cherry pulp contributes to global warming by releasing significant amounts of methane into the atmosphere and threatening local water supplies. Recent data from the USDA suggests that each pound of decomposing food in landfills emits .36 kg of CO2e. Based on the global consumption of coffee in 2015, an estimated 16 M MTs of CO2e or .2% of the world’s carbon emissions would be attributable to coffee cherry pulp waste alone. Rather than leaving these cherries to rot in heaps, Coffee Flour converts them into a nutrient-dense and distinctly flavorful culinary ingredient that is high in fiber, potassium, calcium, iron, and antioxidants. Coffee Flour’s business model also provides supplemental income for smallholder farmers and creates additional jobs at local coffee mills, turning what was once a pollutant into an economic boost to coffee-growing communities around the globe.
About Coffee Flour
Coffee Flour is a new global impact food made from the discarded pulp and skin of the coffee cherry. Through the coffee milling process, an estimated 21 billion kilograms of coffee cherry pulp waste is generated annually. The pulp is sometimes composted, but more often dumped in landfills, which threaten fragile ecosystems. Fortunately, Dan Belliveau and the team at Coffee Flour discovered that when dried and milled, coffee cherry pulp becomes a nutritionally-dense flour that can reduce the environmental damage created through the buildup of excess pulp on coffee farms, generate economic value to smallholder farmers and millers, and bridge dietary gaps in micronutrients at source. Over the last two years, Coffee Flour has focused its efforts on establishing a reliable, high quality global supply chain. The product is now being incorporated into chocolate, bakery, and beverage products around the globe while also addressing a long-standing, fundamental environmental issue associated with coffee pulp waste and transforming coffee-growing communities.
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About UNIDO ITPO International Award
The objective of The International 2017 Award is to scout, classify, select and promote the best innovative ideas and technologies relative to the entire agribusiness value chain – developed by start-ups, businesses, research centers and academia – that could be successfully applied in Developing Countries (DCs). This award seeks to create a virtuous circle of connections between the private, academic, financial, and institutional world of the countries in the UNIDO ITPO Italy’s network. Furthermore, it offers the possibility to the selected applicants to present their own innovative ideas and technologies directly to institutions represented at the event, in addition to potentially interested financial entities and stakeholders.