The robotics company recruited local metal fabricator Apollo to build a mobile food processor called BioTrim
"As consumers, we don’t ever see the food that’s wasted at the farm level,” says Carissa Campeotto, co-founder and CMO at Burnaby-based robotics company Trendi Tech . A year after incorporating her business of upcycling misfit fruits and vegetables into shelf-stable products in 2019, she travelled 6,000 kilometres across the prairies with co-founder and CEO Craig McIntosh to take stock of how much fresh produce goes into the bin at Canadian farms.
Their findings? Around 800 pounds every 10 minutes.
At the time, both Campeotto and McIntosh were on a $3/day food budget. In wanting to automate food rescue, they recruited Surrey-based manufacturer Apollo Custom Manufacturing to help fabricate and assemble a mobile food processor in Vancouver.
In order to build the BioTrim processor, Apollo converted a shipping container to meet Trendi’s specifications, which asked for a unit that could be dropped onto a commercial transport trailer. Apollo incorporated Trendi’s cleaning and freeze-drying technology (which retains 97 percent of the nutrients, according to Campeotto) into the unit to allow it to dry and grind batches over a 24-hour cycle. The result is what Trendi calls BioFlakes—a powder that’s a tenth of the food’s original size and weight, and that’s fit for both human and animal consumption.
By setting high standards for fruit and vegetables, grocery stores in Canada often reject what farmers bring to the table. And that burden becomes heavy when a farmer doesn’t have the […]
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