An overview of Ugly Beauty
According to the Future Directions International (FDI) study, South and Southeast Asia account for 25% of worldwide food waste, with Malaysia producing 38,000 tons of waste each day, enough to feed about 2 million hungry people.
Hence, our idea is to utilize the ugly produce by aggregating the ugly (but edible) produce from farmers and grocery stores, then distributing them to businesses in the foodservice industry. These ugly produces can then be used to prepare food and beverages or can be processed into sauces, jams, salsas, etc.
With the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in mind, we strive to create a large market for “ugly produce” by providing farms and grocery stores an economic incentive to avoid discarding the produce.
As a start, we aim to target 30 suppliers of ugly fruits to supply at least a 150 F&B service outlets in 1 year. In order to make this as a success, we would require funding to subsidize our cost on logistics for the transport of ugly produce as well as to support the investment in running our first few pilot projects. Our overview timeline can be seen in the picture attached below.
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