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Foodberry’s edible packaging: A delicious solution to plastic pollution

Foodberry's edible packaging A delicious solution to plastic pollution

A Boston-based food technology startup, Foodberry, has introduced a novel edible food coating. Foodberry claims the tech can extend the shelf life of various food items, ranging from hummus to ice cream. 

Developed in collaboration with labs at Harvard and MIT in 2012, Foodberry’s coatings function as non-permeable barriers.

Foodberry’s edible coatings take inspiration from the protective and flavorful peels of fruits. 

These coatings can be tailored to offer a variety of tastes and textures, mimicking the natural world’s diversity. This biomimicry approach extends beyond aesthetics – the coatings are designed to regulate gas exchange (oxygen and carbon dioxide) for optimal food preservation.

A potential solution to plastic waste in food industry

The food industry generates a significant amount of plastic waste. Data from the U.N. Environment Programme indicates that nearly two-thirds of all manufactured plastic is used for packaging, particularly single-use containers. This plastic waste ends up in landfills or pollutes the environment, posing potential harm to wildlife and water quality.

Foodberry’s edible coatings offer a potential alternative to traditional plastic packaging. The company claims their coatings biodegrade without harming the environment upon disposal. 

This innovation aligns with global initiatives to reduce plastic pollution and promote a circular economy by minimizing waste. Further research is needed to fully assess the environmental impact of these coatings.

Early partnerships and market potential

Foodberry has already partnered with NadaMoo!, a manufacturer of dairy-free ice cream, to develop novel frozen snack bites coated with various flavors using Foodberry’s technology. Discussions with other major food and beverage companies suggest potential for wider adoption of this sustainable packaging solution.

While the company expects to launch its “coffee berries” in stores across Europe and the United States later this year, neither the official market entry date nor the anticipated pricing structure has been formally revealed.

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