Annual Report FY 2004 - Research at Cornell

02. Health Sciences Group, Inc., Licenses Cornell’s Apple Peel Powder

Apple peels are a discarded waste product of processed apple products, typically dumped in landfills or reprocessed and sold as livestock feed or fertilizer. It is estimated that over 20 million pounds of waste peels are generated each year by New York’s applesauce, juice, and canned fruit processors. The laboratory of Rui Hai Liu, Food Science, developed a technology for producing apple peel powder, a process that preserves the naturally high level of antioxidant activity found in peels. The technology was licensed to Health Sciences Group, Inc. (HESG), an integrated provider of science-based products and ingredients to the nutrition, skin care, and food and beverage industries. HESG plans to commercialize the technology as a proprietary nutraceutical ingredient that can be added to a variety of foods and beverages to enhance the nutritional content.

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