Fight Hunger, this Startup Process Nearly Fruit Rot


Tesco, an international supermarket group, which is headquartered in the UK, is the third-largest retail group after Wal-Mart. Last year Tesco dispose of more than 100 million pounds of food. In fact, these foods can be donated to charity.


A startup originating from Sweden takes a different perspective. Rather than trying to provide fresh fruits are about to rot, they dried the fruit and turn it into flour nutritious and tasty, they are marketed under the brand FoPo.

This flour can be mixed with water or sprinkled on yogurt or ice cream. “By drying fruits, you extend the shelf life, which was originally about two weeks to up to two years,” said Kent Ngo, one of the founders of FoPo. These fruits are processed in a manner to maintain 30% -80% original nutritional value.

This makes the logistics process becomes much simpler, so that the process becomes efficient food delivery. Not only for the local soup kitchen, but also to anyone who fight against hunger around the world.

“By using the dried fruits we also eliminate the need for a refrigerator to keep food age, which is sometimes very important for the people of developing countries when the power is off or in situations where there is no refrigerator,” said Ngo added.

“We can process these fruits until the last day of expiry,” said Ngo.

“We collect the fruits that are considered fruits ‘Rejects’, most of whom are too mature, the ugly, the shape is not perfect, or change color. But instead we also collect fruits and vegetables were perfectly edible.” Ngo said asserts.

The company founded by students from Lund University in Sweden have tested their products in this summer in the Philippines. Due to poor storage and transportation, a large amount of wasted food in the Philippines. At the same time, the state should feel desperate to provide cheap food needs. “Many people here do not have enough money to buy food for one day,” says Ngo.

“So we ask ourselves, where is the world’s flour fruit is most needed?” In disaster-prone countries and are regularly attacked hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods. In addition, the company also believes that the flour is fairly inexpensive, but useful to provide humanitarian assistance when disaster strikes.

Ngo and his colleagues work closely with local markets and farms to collect lemon, pineapple, and mango, as well as experimenting with processing. As soon as the security aspects of the processed products have been fully tested, they plan to start selling it in stores and supply at low cost to nonprofit organizations.

“In fact, one third of the food produced in the world is discarded, the fact that the food would be more than enough to feed the entire population,” said Ngo.

“Sometimes the fruit discarded because we are too spoiled, because the fruit looks ugly, or because people cook too much food. We can not do anything about the people who cook too much food. But we can only do something about the rest.”