What does your startup do and what is your mission?
Luca: We believe that there are too many side streams in food production. That is why we have developed a unique supply chain and production method to process valuable fruit pits into new plant-based ingredients.
At the moment, we are using the pits from apricots, cherries, and plums to develop ingredients for the food and beverage industries. Our mission is to upcycle hundreds of thousand tonnes worth of pits and to develop new, unique products that can be easily adopted into our daily diets.
Where did the idea for your company come from?
Michael: The idea actually came from some local farmers in Austria, who had been trying to process fruit pits for quite a while. However, they lacked the spare time to focus on this project, as well as the R&D know-how to make a process which is truly scalable. That’s where Kern Tec comes in.