Two plant-based, active and environmentally conscious guys set out to create a line of whole plant powders for use in supplements. What they discovered was a supply chain with tonnes of waste at every step and a heavy reliance on Chinese ingredients because Canadian and American goods were too expensive.
The magnitude of the waste was staggering. Over $300B and more than 2B tonnes each year in North America. What's worse is that this is coupled with growing food insecurity, kids going to school hungry every day, and the enormous burden on the environment that this discarded food causes while decaying in landfill sites in our communities.
They realized they were looking at two ends of the spectrum at the same time and thought: "What if we could reduce food waste while simultaneously create high value, whole plant powders for local companies using fruits and vegetables grown right here in our own country!" This would be win-win.
Armed with a big idea, competitive mindset and a relentless work ethic OUTCAST was created and the mission to UPCYCLE surplus produce, reduce food waste, and help the environment began.
TAKING A STAND
"Every day fresh produce gets rejected because of its appearance. The technology we have developed at OUTCAST FOODS upcycles this surplus of fruits and vegetables into high value, long shelf life, whole plant powders." - Dr. Darren Burke
Meet The Founders
TJ Galiardi is our CMO and is a former NHL Forward. He is a Dartmouth College alumni and played for the Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets. TJ loves smoothies, cold and hot tub immersion, shorts and all things alternative.
Dr. Darren Burke is our CEO and has a PhD in Exercise Physiology. He is a former University Professor and is widely recognized as a scientific expert in the development and testing of supplements for human clinical trials. DB loves to laugh but only when progress is being made and can be seen working his giant pipes in the gym every day.
OUR unique process
“The more layers of the onion we peeled back, from grocers to farms, the more produce we found being tossed into a landfill. We’ve found a way to create a full circle sustainable nutrition model out of highly nutritious produce that was needlessly being discarded." - TJ Galiardi
Award Winning Tech
We are not a boastful bunch; however, we have been nominated and won numerous prestigious awards. These have included funding grants from several agencies including the Canadian Governments National Research Council (NRC) to develop our patent-pending sustainable technology, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) to create jobs in our region, and Divert Nova Scotia for helping to reduce food waste in the province. The highlight was being named Innovator of the Year!
Thank you to our dedicated and talented staff, advisors and supportive partners.