UM6P Ventures invests in Akorn technology to reduce food waste

“UM6P Ventures announces its investment in Akorn Technology, an innovative natural edible coating startup. Its multifunctional natural coating platforms consist of products derived from corn of natural origin (non-GMO) and other elements of plant origin. Its applications make it possible to double or triple the shelf life of food and to provide safe, tasty and nutritious food”, indicates the investment fund UM6P Ventures in a press release published on Tuesday July 26.

Akorn Technology has developed a multifunctional, natural, edible coating platform. This is based on a technology that uses a hybrid film of lipids and vegetable proteins to reduce losses across a wide range of crops including orchard fruits, citrus fruits, tropical fruits, stone fruits and vegetables.

This technology, patent pending, has already been authorized in the United States and the European Union when applied to several fruits and vegetables. Its action/application on fresh foods following their harvest slows down their maturationreduces their water loss, maintains their firmness and appearance, and inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi.

Akorn Technology will use its initial capital to increase its industrial capacities and carry out trials with its customers on a wide range of crops. In the short term, pilot initiatives are planned on crops in Morocco (lemon, tomato and other fruits) to study, evaluate and possibly adapt the technology to conditions on the continent. These initiatives will be carried out in collaboration with various partners from Moroccan and African ecosystems, according to the same source.

July 26, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.

Modified July 26, 2022 at 5:40 p.m.

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