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WayCool Foods & IIFPT collaborate to develop solutions for reducing food wastage
Tuesday, 16 February, 2021, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
WayCool Foods has signed a 1-year MoU with Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT) to develop sustainable and optimal technology for enhancing the shelf life of selected fruits and vegetables. The MoU was signed and exchanged between Karthik Jayaraman, CEO, WayCool Foods and Dr C. Anandharamakrishnan, Director, IIFPT. Earlier this year, the company joined hands with IIT-Hyderabad, reinforcing commitment to reducing food wastage.

The aim of this association is to develop solutions that will retain the freshness of fruits and vegetables for a longer period, leading to reduction in food wastage across the supply chain at all levels. These solutions are targeted at enhancing the shelf life of fresh produce such as, tomato, potato, onion, carrot, pomegranate, and apple. The company has invested more than INR 3 million so far in such industry-academia sustainability initiatives targeting reduction in food wastage through collaboration, technology, and innovation.

On the occasion of the MoU signing, Subramanian Akkulan, EVP innovation, WayCool Foods, said, “WayCool has been actively working towards driving sustainability and reducing food wastage. IIFPT has done pioneering research in shelf-life extension technologies and we are happy to partner with the premier institute for developing the next generation of these technologies. We believe that it is critical to develop indigenous solutions that work well in the Indian context and will continue to build such partnerships with premier Indian institutions, in addition to our own R and D work.”

The company distributes its wide range of fresh produce and staples in brands such as Shuddha, Dhaanyaa, KitchenJi, L’exotique, Madhuram, and Freshey’s, to nearly 20,000 retail outlets, as well as institutional clients. After analysing the solutions, the custom selection will enhance freshness of fruits and vegetables for a longer duration consequently increasing the sustainability of produced farm products.

In the drive towards creating a social impact, the company has a farmer engagement program, Outgrow, that engages with farmers through the entire cultivation cycle, from planning to inputs to harvesting. In the process, the company helps to substantially increase farmer profitability, reduce risk, and guarantees 270 days of steady income to farmers by leveraging a host of emerging technologies to measure soil health, ensure quality of inputs, capture agricultural practices, and measure output quality.

During the MoU signing, Dr C. Anandharamakrishnan, director, IIFPT, said, “We are happy to collaborate with WayCool Foods to develop such unique solutions to enhance the shelf life of Fruits & Vegetables whilst also reducing the overall food wastage across the supply chain at all levels. It is important to devise ways to create uncompromised innovations that meet our sustainability goals.”
 
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