Upcycling opportunities: Extracta transforms fruit waste into nutrient-dense ingredients. Nutrition Insight August 2023
As industry interest in upcycling is growing, Australian company Extracta transforms surplus fruit streams into high-quality ingredients for nutraceutical, food and cosmetic sectors, aiming to develop products in demand on the market while doing something useful for the planet.
Nutrition Insight sits down with Rod Lewis, the company’s CEO to discuss the need for high-quality suppliers that produce nutrient-dense ingredients for bowel and gut health in Australia.
Lewis states that he and his business partner found high levels of food waste when they travelled the country. For example, in one area in Queensland, 60% of the citrus crop – such as mandarins, oranges and lemons – were thrown away, while “people are starving and the prices of food are going up,” he says.