It won’t come as a surprise that our current food system is wasteful. Globally, the figure is staggering: roughly one third of all the food we grow on this planet is wasted. And in the UK, it’s estimated that 20-40% of all fruit and vegetables are thrown away before they even reach the shops. Discovering this, we decided to create Snact: a venture with environmental and social ambitions that tackles food waste and food poverty, as the latter is just scandalous with more than 900,000 people visiting food banks in the UK this year.
Snact was launched with an ambition to tackle food waste — snactivism — and also because we wanted to create something that enables everyone to get involved — when you eat some of our Snacts, you are taking a bite out of food waste. At the moment we make fruit jerky, which are little pieces of dried blended fruit that pack so much fruity flavour your taste buds won’t know what hit them. We simply blend and dehydrate the surplus fruit we get, adding absolutely nothing, as we don’t believe that making healthy sustainable food should be complicated. And in fact, it’s not. Our 100% fruit jerky is a great way of preserving fruit, since we are taking something that is at the end of its life on the day of processing and extending it for months.