April 3, 2020
Freeze Dried Fruits has developed a range of light-weight drink garnishes that could help airlines improve waste management. Jessica Pook finds out more
Something as small as a slice of lime or a sprinkle of berries in a beverage can be all it takes to enhance the experience.
Fruits For Drinks is the world’s first freeze-dried garnish solution, providing airlines with a light-weight alternative to fresh fruit whilst minimising carbon footprint and improving waste management.
Full of flavour
While a staple in a G&T or lime and soda, fruits reserved for garnish are prone to dehydrating, especially on long flights. Fruits For Drinks found that by freezing the fruit they could maintain over 90% of all of the vitamins, minerals and flavours while reducing the overall weight by 85%.
Available in lemon, lime, orange, blueberry, strawberry and raspberry, the product is made through a process of freeze-drying citrus fruits and berries to maintain the natural colour, texture and flavour.
Fruit For Drinks conducted research that found that every kilo of weight saved on a 12 hour flight could amount to a reduction of half a kilo of fuel. Meaning the simple swap from fresh to frozen fruit could provide an immediate weight-fuel cost saving for airlines looking to reduce their carbon footprint.
Furthermore, the swap could reduce the airline’s fruit wastage, minimise storage costs and ensure high quality and consistent results.
The product is packaged in a 40 or 20 serve re-sealable bag specifically designed with the airline trolley in mind. The packaging also guarantees a nine month best before date and is fully compostable. It also eliminates any need for slicing equipment, preparation area, refrigeration, or labour intensive portioning.
David Ross, director of Fruits For Drinks says: “To create a product which delivers excellent flavour and in turn can provide a great solution for the staff in these arenas, while providing an upturn in margin and reduction in carbon footprint and waste is immensely satisfying.
“Our ethos and working practice is about being the leaders in sustainability, waste and carbon footprint reduction and easing of service. Fruits For Drinks is the ideal partner for airlines who are also working towards this too”.