Kern Tec

A sustainable technology to upcycle currently wasted pits of stone fruits


In Europe over 500.000 tons of peach, apricot, plum and cherry pits go to waste every year, mostly large scale manufacturers producing juices, concentrates, etc. However, these pits offer an enormous potential, but the thing that has to be done is to split and sort them into the seed and the shell.
With Kern Tec’s technology it’s now possible for the first time to upcycle these materials to innovative and sustainable products locally.
Since the seeds are rich in healthy oils and proteins they can be perfectly used as delicious snacks, oils for foods and cosmetics as well as protein bars. On the other, hand the shell can be further processed to natural fertilizers, abrasives and peelings which makes them a fantastic substitution for micro plastics.
Besides the innovative business and production model, Kern Tec has a significant climate impact by saving long transport routes from Asia and by using the shells to clean energy.

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  • 2018 Participant
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  • Sustainable Production Systems
  • Austria

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  • Michael Beitl - CEO&Financials; Luca Fichtinger - Strat. Management&Marketing; Sebastian Jescko - Production Design; Fabian Wagesreither - Production Lead

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