Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
In the world, between 20 to 25% of the total production of fruits is lost by their natural processes of dehydration and microbial contamination?. Just in Chile, this problem implies throwing away around 500,000 ton of fruits with economic losses around 1 billion US per year. To end this problem, we developed Shel-Life, a natural and organic edible coating by using by-products of the same fruits. Through an easy application, Shel-Life forms a second natural skin on fruits, which: i) reduces the microbial load, ii) retards the dehydration process, and iii) improves the taste and visual appearance. As a result, the fruits, i) reach to more customers in the world, ii) increase the time for sale, and iii) enter to the demanding organic markets.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
- According our preliminary results, a fruit using Shel-Life can extend their Shelf life for double time. For example, an apple without Shel-Life takes about 15 days in deteriorated, but apples with Shel-Life lasts 30 days. Therefore, products with Shel-Life can be shipped by more economic way (by ship but not by fly) and also to higher temperature, which implies reduce the cost.
- Maintain the organic quality of fruit, allow to enter markets where they can not currently sell fruit with conventional waxes.
- Given that the fruit with Shef-Life lasts longer, it may be sold for a longer period.
- Since compounds Shel-Life are extracted from the same fruits, it allow maintained the appearance, taste and their natural condition. Also, we are revaluing agroindustrial waste.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
In the 3 first years, we will validate Shel-Life in Chile in the more important industries (Chile is the more important export country in the south hemisphere). Meanwhile, we must make the respective international certifications. This will allow us to enter without problems worldwide. Actually, we are in patenting process in Chile for take safeguard our technology. In the moment to get more income, we will to initiate the patenting process in USA. When that process is done, we will to start selling Shel-Life in California, USA.