Sacoma

Project: Sweet potato food products for the ageing population

With Spanish company, Blendhub, SACOMA will use the world’s first decentralized food manufacturing network (FoodIndustry4.0) to bring new sweet potato-powders and meals that are nutrient dense, Gluten Free, Tasty and affordable and are more relevant for an older population; to be launched in the UK/EU market within 6 months.

Extending the utilization of sweet potatoes as main ingredients for improved nutrition and by production of food powders, and using novel ingredients that are sourced sustainably and ethically to develop  enriched foods, and  allergen-free products, suitable for the dietary needs of the silver community.

“Our technology partner in spain, Blendhub is collaborating to develop, produce and deliver the powder-based foods from sweet potato flour. Together we are using their new cloud blending model. This collaboration will create a platform to grow sales of the powder based products and allow it to reach our joint  potential in supplying a growing EU market of the silver community”.

Final status: Three sweet potato powder products are ready

On completing the project, SACOMA has three new products ready for market launch in the UK from May 2019. As partner, Blendhub in Spain has supported product R&D, quality control and blending in its CloudBlending production hub.

The products are:

  • A pancake mix in easy-to-use, reusable packaging
  • Multi-seed crackers high in essential oils and fibre
  • A high-protein soup mix

As a social business, SACOMA sources the sweet potatoes from smallholder farmers in Africa.

INCluSilver funding has provided access to expert advice and lab support to determine product shelf life and review the labelling to ensure compliance with EU regulations. Experts have provided guidance on nutritional improvements to the formulations, in terms of dietary fibre content and calorie, fat, sodium and sugar reduction. Packaging options to optimise sustainability and distribution have also been explored.

Overall, the project has proven the concept of using sweet potato powders in personalised nutrition for the silver community.

All three products have been tested with potential target consumers to obtain feedback on palatability and ease of use. Quality testing by Campden BRI in the UK has assessed the viability of sweet potatoes in the formulation of powder products.

Expert partners will now continue to support further product improvements and the development of new variants that meet the dietary needs and preferences of older adults.

Our powder-based products are appropriate for the nutrition needs of active people aged 50-64 years. We have incorporated the wisdom of traditional African diets and developed the sweet potato powder with novel ingredients such as amaranth,” says Perez Ochieng, SACOMA CEO.

  • Sectors involved: Food, sustainability and IT

  • Partner country: Spain

  • Voucher(s): Economic Feasibility Analysis

  • Part of consortium: Yes

About Sacoma

SACOMA Global foods Innovation is a UK limited company with a social impact and innovation-led food business model aiming to develop new innovative food products made from sweet potatoes; a range of food products that are tasty, healthy and Free From Gluten and sugar. We are concerned not only with the function and performance of our food products but with the emotional role they play in people’s lives and the effects on environment, the producers and the consumers, reducing food loss and waste. Winner of IFE World Food Innovation Award 2017.

Consortium

BLENDHUB

Cloudblending is Food Industry 4.0 and a Blending unit for decentralized manufacturing model (CloudBlending), a fully-integrated platform service that draws together every agent in the agri-food industry. #CloudBlending applies the Software-as-a-Service principles that revolutionized IT to powder blends.