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The Minister of Agriculture Tours The Outcast Foods Facility

The Minister of Agriculture Tours The Outcast Foods Facility

From left to right: Chuck Maillet of ACOA, Mike Barber, Dr. Darren Burke of Outcast Foods, the Honourable Keith Colwell, Brian Lowe of Outcast Foods, Jeff Mullen of ACOA, TJ Galiardi of Outcast Foods, and Jay George of ACOA.

HALIFAX, NS – Nova Scotia’s Minister of Agriculture, the Honorable Keith Colwell, and representatives from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) toured Outcast Food’s sustainable nutrition facility in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Minister was interested in learning more about the progress Outcast Foods has made with the development of their innovative food waste reduction technology.

To help kick-start their sustainable nutrition program in Nova Scotia, ACOA awarded Outcast Foods funding to purchase equipment and aid in the development of their technology. Through upcycling surplus produce from local farms and grocers, their full-cycle process will provide economic benefit and prosperity for family-run farms and grocers across Canada. In doing so, Outcast Foods will be diverting vast amounts of food waste from entering landfills while creating longer-lasting, sustainable nutrition options for a variety of needs.

According to the National Zero Waste Council, more than 1/3 of all food produced in Canada is lost or wasted while many Canadians experience food insecurity. More specifically, Nova Scotia is the province with the highest rate of food insecurity. There is a clear issue with Canada’s current food system that Outcast Foods is addressing through their mandate to provide sustainable, long-lasting nutrition for those who need it most.

Outcast Foods informed the tour group that by upcycling discarded vegetables and fruits into powders, they are preserving the nutritional quality of the produce that would typically be destroyed through waste in a landfill. As well, powdering produce allows it to be combined with other valuable nutrients, such as omega-3s from flaxseeds to boost nutritional benefits.

Their sustainable nutrition model incorporates a proprietary process that begins in their innovative patton-pending upcycling process, a first of its kind in the world of food technology. In the next several months, this process will be deployed for grocers where late-life produce will be upcycled into nutrient-dense powders. Customization of the sustainably sourced raw plant-based powders can be used for making natural health products, cosmetics, meat-alternatives, pet foods, as well as pharmaceuticals.

The tour was completed with excitement from the Minister and ACOA about the visible potential Outcast Foods has to grow their Nova Scotia-based business into a global supplier of raw materials and contribute positively to waste reduction strategies worldwide.

About Outcast Foods

Outcast Foods is a manufacturer of plant-based functional foods. They take surplus fruits and vegetables and convert them into whole plant powders with a long shelf life and packed with nutrients. Using a proprietary patent-pending process, they are reducing food waste and creating powerful ingredient combinations of effective natural health products. Their corporate mission is to create sustainable nutrition for health, performance and the environment.

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