Pectcof Director and co-founder Rudi Dieleman experienced some busy days in March, when he presented Pectcof’s technology to investors and businesses on the Future Food-Tech Summit in San Francisco. Foodvalley, StartLife, Wageningen University & Research invited Pectcof to pitch on stage and to participate in the joint booth during the Future Food-Tech. These activities resulted in serious business leads.

Pectcof developed a technology to transform the industrial side stream of pulp from the coffee fruit, into functional ingredients. Pectcof uses the skin and flesh of what Rudi Dieleman refers to as ‘the beautiful red cherry’. The first product on the market is Dutch Gum, an emulsifier that can replace Gum Arabic.

Investors and ingredient suppliers

At the Summit, Pectcof pitched their innovation on the main stage, and presented the company at the joint booth from Foodvalley, StartLife and Wageningen University & Research. “The two days lead to 25 business contacts,” Dieleman explains. “For the next couple of weeks, business meetings have been planned with six investors and four ingredient suppliers. That is more than I expected. We made contact with business partners we knew, but also with companies that were not on our radar.”

High value

According to Dieleman, the companies were mainly triggered by three aspects. The first is that Pectcof creates high value from a waste product. Moreover, the innovation is interesting from a cost perspective. Besides, there is a lot of coffee pulp biomass available, so economies of scale can be achieved.

Startup company Pectcof is supported by StartLife.