Food waste startup turns leftovers into hummus

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Hannah McCollum, founder of ChicP

Food waste entrepreneur Hannah McCollum has set up a startup company called ChicP with the intention of bringing healthy, colourful dips to the food market.

A lover of hummus and said to be tired of bland, unhealthy options, McCollum explained she decided to combine her creative cooking and eagerness to help prevent food waste into "healthy vegetable hummus from surplus vegetables".

Winner of Best Convenience Food Innovation Award for the World Food Innovation Awards 2016, ChicP hummus is made from raw vegetables. All products are reportedly free from gluten, dairy and sugar, plus it is claimed to have fewer calories than any of the other hummus products.

McCollum said: “I’m keen to encourage and work with other food waste reduction entrepreneurs. Launching on Tesco’s new crowdfunding platform Back It, I hope to raise £5,000 to help grow ChicP further to take production from my own kitchen to a factory and make it on a much larger scale. Who knows, one day you may even see it on the shelves of Tesco.”

Said to be on a mission to raise the wider issue of food waste and food poverty, the founder of ChicP emphasised she wants to encourage people to think differently about the way they eat.

McCollum added:Over the last nine years, I’ve cooked for catering and events companies and as a private chef in the UK and Europe. Having witnessed the colossal amounts of food waste at catering events, I felt driven to respond. While cooking as a private chef, time and time again I would convert leftover vegetable dishes into dips for the next meal. Nearly every day the question would be ‘What’s the dip of the day Hannah?'

ChicP is currently stocked with Wholefoods, Fortnum & Mason, As Nature Intended, Sourced Market, Rude Health Cafe, Pickles of London and a number of smaller outlets in and around London. More stores including Harrods and Selfridges are expected to be coming on board soon.

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