Location : Nice Creation date : 2018 Founder : Enzo Giusti Sector : Agri-food Partners : INRIA, BPI, SOUTH Region, PACA EST Incubator, NCA Initiative Prizes won : 2019 BA06 Event, 2018 Filidéchet, 2018 BGE Regional Talent
DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT
Pepino is an anti-waste mobile app that helps farmers find opportunities in short food supply chains for their non-standard products (production peaks, oversized, or damaged products). An algorithm alerts the links in the local food chain that can exploit the product before it is lost.
As a mining engineer, Enzo Giusti spent four years in London in an IT start-up before resigning in search of meaning and returning to France in 2016.
One day, he noticed at the grocery a crate of pears destined for the garbage because of imperfections. He thought of taking them to a juice bar, which immediately said it was happy to use them. This was the birth of the Pepino project.
Funding requirement: approx. €500K over 15-18 months
Goal: to support the national deployment, recruit, and reach new territories and new markets.
Means: capital increase (investors), other forms of loans / repayable advances (BPI).
10 tons of recovered fruits and vegetables
5,000 subscribers, 35 sellers, and 30 active professional buyers
Average transaction: €25
Products are exploited within a radius of 30 km around the place of production
Local exploitation of fruits and vegetables which are otherwise wasted
Dynamism of the local economic ecosystem
Generation of additional turnover for farmers: estimated at +10% per farmer and per year
Facilitating short-circuit food access for individuals and professionals
Solution deployed in the Alpes-Maritimes since September 2018 with the ambition to expand to other departments in the SOUTHERN region, then nationally.
Target the main extra-territorial markets producing fruit and vegetables: Italy, Spain, Morocco, Tunisia
Preparation for the deployment of the solution in the rest of the SOUTHERN region then at the national level.
Identification of a sustainable logistics solution for the delivery of products from farmers to professional consumers, and development of a new version of the app to support this deployment.