Transfer LBC executes study about phytonutrients in Central America

18.04.2014 By: Transfer LBC

Central America is a region that produces a great quantity of tropical fruits. The processing of these fruits yields important volumes of organic waste which, if not treated adequately, are a great strain on the environment. However, these unutilized wastes still contain substantial amounts of phytonutrients like vitamins, phenols and other antioxidants, which have many applications in both the food and health and cosmetics industries and are currently being underutilized.

In the Netherlands, Phytonext has developed a technology to extract these compounds from organic materials in a natural way at great purity and quality. In contrast, traditional techniques use chemical solvents that have a negative effect on both the quality and purity of the compounds. Therefore, Phytonext’s new technology has the potential to revolutionize the food supplements industry.

Dutch business consultant Transfer LBC coordinates the cooperation of companies with innovative concepts in the area of agriculture that also stimulate CO2 emission reduction. We work closely together with universities, the private sector and (non) governmental organizations in order to develop markets for added value products that have a positive environmental and social impact.

Thus, both companies have agreed to perform a feasibility study on phytonutrients. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency, through the Dutch Embassy in Costa Rica, is supporting this project. We will be gathering information on the viability of implementing this new technology to diminish the impact of the waste on the environment and also on the development of a market for high quality, natural nutrients that creates added value for fruit producers and processores.

During May of 2014, Transfer LBC and Phytonext will visit Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica in order to get a thorough understanding of the current market situation and the food waste opportunities present there.

If you are interested in the concept we would be very happy to arrange a meeting with your organization.

Yours sincerely,

Sven Kallen
Feasibility study on phytonutrients coordinator