In Germany, several tons of consumable fruit and vegetables are thrown away every year simply because they display tiny defects. These small flaws in no way impair the fresh foods’ quality. A Berlin business has found a way to make good use of these rejected wares, creating a new product.
The film Rescued fruit – Reducing food waste increases resource efficiency introduces
Dörrwerk GmbH, a company producing fruit paper with an energy-saving technique. The Berlin manufacturer processes solely rejected fruit collected directly from regional farmers, or, in the case of tropical fruits, from retailers.
Not only the fruit paper contributes to reducing food waste, the process itself is resource efficient. Dörrwerk GmbH has developed a unique drying oven that implements intelligent waste heat usage and an inventive ventilation control, reducing energy costs by 66 percent compared to conventional methods. The energy efficient oven is economically viable in Germany, giving the company a competitive edge via resource efficiency.