of Fruits & Vegetables
Almost half of all the fruits and vegetables produced are wasted.
Governments around the world have signed up to an array of pledges to make us more efficient with our resources under the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12 [Responsible Consumption and Production initiative, including: the EU’s Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste; the US’s 2030 Food Waste and Food Loss Champions; the UK’s Courtauld 2025 and WRAPs extensive work in Food Waste; Singapore’s inaugural Zero Waste Masterplan; and many others.
Whilst we want to change things for the better, it feels hard (especially this year with the outbreak of Covid-19) to change habits. The environmental crisis and these world issues can feel overwhelming. How can we do something about it? How can small actions impact on such a staggering global problem?
We just need a nudge to help us in the right direction so we can translate the “big ideas” into everyday changes: the small steps to be the change.
The driving force and passion for developing the Oli-Tec™ label was to find a solution to help us manage our waste better.
We wanted to find a simple solution, that would help us change our behavior, so we start to recognize where we as individuals are wasting food.
It seemed like a winner! Reduce waste, and you get to reap the benefits of having extra money to spend on other items you want, and at the same time you are having a positive impact on the planet.
The more we developed our idea, the more we learnt that our label has much wider applications, such as with vaccines, medicines and supply chains.
That people use what they need, significantly reduce wastage which improves the sustainability of food supply for the future. A socially responsible company wants to help others start their journey, individually or as a corporate, on becoming more efficient with our resources.
Print production and business management have been in Nik’s blood since 1985. Having worked in every facet of the Label Industry from starting out as a hot foil press operator, to building a multi-million-pound label converter company with 45 employees. Nik has been at the forefront of label and printing innovation, and has extensive experience with flexography, offset lithography, CMYK, holograms, metallics, digital inkjet, sublimation printing and today, the development of the next generation of Time Temperature Indicators (TTI). Nik’s extensive contact list of both customer, supplier and experience assures our partners are truly the world leaders in their field.
Suzanna started in Retail and Marketing and was part of the team that restructured the Habitat Group after it was bought out by Ingvar Kamprad. She re-trained as a trade mark attorney believing the combination of commercial experience with trade mark knowledge would be valuable in the workplace. She worked in a specialist IP firm.
Suzanna has been Project Manager for Oli-Tec, with overall responsibility for keeping track of all developments for five years.
“I enjoy the mental challenge of this Project which requires Science, Technology to work together while having the opportunity to work on a project which has a positive impact society, and working with a Team that all have a can-do attitude.”
Peter started his career at United Biscuits, moving on to General Foods in the 70s and then becoming Managing Director at Dana Sunquick in 1976 where he led the management buyout of Dana Sunquick, changing the name to Anglo Brokers in 1987.
Anglo Brokers supplied a wide range of finished goods sourced from around the world to every major grocery retailer in the UK, and among many other products was responsible for launching Haribo confectionary into the UK market along with Danish Butter Cookies.
In 1997 Peter became chairman of Berwyn Bakeries, and with Mike Hawkes was also a
co-founder of Orient Trading Ltd, importing Pop Pan biscuits to the UK, where Peter was in charge of selling them to M&S, Tesco, Asda, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s. Peter has maintained his contacts in retail to enable Oli-Tec to form strategic ambassadors for the project.
Oli-Tec™ Technology has been developed by a team of experienced, and highly creative people who joined forces to develop a technology to solve the problem of monitoring the shelf-life of products.
Rigorous scientific development, determination and significant investment have refined our unique patented technology. Oli-Tec™ has sales offices and R&D capabilities in the US and the UK.
Oli-Tec™ was created to fill a gap in the market for time and temperature indicator labelling, allowing consumers to make smarter choices when it comes to product life.
Oli-Tec™ engage Resource Label Group for converting Tests & Trials. Please contact us for samples.
Oli-Tec™ team develop first prototype Olitec Convert and start to look for a partner licensee
Oli-Tec™ team develop Gen 3 media which allows for longer shelf-life, and printing process is improved to achieve small sample label print runs of circa 2000 labels.
Oli-Tec™ team build a small test machine to build first generation labels. Media development continues as well as improvement on the printing process.
Oli-Tec receive £500k support funding from Innovate UK to further the media development with CPI and Mexar Limited.
Oli-Tec team partner up with Integrity Industrial Inkjet Integrations to continue development and design of the manufacturing process incorporating inkjet technology (as opposed to flexo).
After a substantial breakthrough relating to the Sciences of the label in 2016, the Oli-Tec™ team started working on preliminary design of manufacturing process for a far superior, simple, Oli-Tec™ label as compared to other TTIs in the market.
Primary research conducted to determine media formulations/principals for the Oli-Tec label.
R&D focused on developing media formulations that could be easily integrated into manufacturing process considerations.
A key factor in our development process has been putting simplicity and ease of use as key to our technology. We wanted our product to be easy to integrate into other manufacturing and distribution processes making this a key USP.