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Reducing food waste one mushroom at a time

Experts estimate that $49.5B worth of food is lost or wasted in Canada alone each year. Recognizing the growing concern around food safety, UNB science graduate, Natasha Dhayagude (BSc'14) and her co-founder David Brown, looked to nature to find a solution.

The answer came in the form of an extract from white button mushrooms. The founders of Chinova Bioworks are pioneering the use of mushroom fiber to provide consumers and brands with a clean-label solution to food spoilage.

The technology helps to improve the quality, freshness and shelf-life of food and beverage products, reduce food waste and ensure an abundant food supply for the future generations.

Eco-friendly production. Natural in every way.

Extracted through an eco-friendly process, Chiber™ can be used in various food and beverage categories like dairy, plant-based dairy, sauces & spreads and plant-based meat alternatives.

The product is effective against spoilage microorganisms like bacteria, yeast and mold and does not change the taste, smell or appearance of the final application.

The company is growing. It has secured a patent, successfully attracted $2.5M in seed funding, scaled up operations and launched three products in the market in the fall of 2019.

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