Coffee waste upcycler and edible traceability markers are “SnackFutures” winners


In Italy, Mondelēz International’s global innovation and venture hub, SnackFutures, recognized two start-ups for their innovative snacking solutions to help support a healthier planet in the “Future of Snacking” competition. Kaffe Bueno, a Denmark-based start-up, upcycles spent coffee grounds from industrial coffee waste by transforming them into nutritious ingredients used in foods and wellness products. The other winner was In-Code Technologies, an emerging technology used to create edible, in-product traceability markers designed to improve food safety and increase consumer trust in the food supply.

The sustainable snacking competition was held as part of SnackFutures’ mission to create snacks that are good for people, kind to the planet and deliciously fun. Start-ups were asked to share solutions that could foster a more sustainable food system in areas such as food waste reduction, sustainable sourcing and packaging, alternative ingredients, circular and regenerative snack solutions and emerging technologies.

The contest was conducted in collaboration with Food Tank, a non-profit think tank and leading global voice on creating a better, more sustainable food system. The two winners will receive an opportunity to participate in an “innovation acceleration” workshop with Mondelēz International’s experts.