Circular Fiber is an innovative startup aiming to combat food waste through the transformation of agri-food scraps into value products. The company’s current main focus is the production of Karshof flour, a nutritious and versatile flour obtained from artichoke processing waste.

A circular flour suited for diabetics and celiacs

A high-quality vegetable flour with unique nutritional properties and a low environmental impact, Karshof can be used as an ingredient for various food products.

The flour will be on the market by the end of the year and contains 60% fibers, 30% proteins, and 6% inulin, a glucidic polymer that contributes to liver protection. Karchof is rich in nutrients, making it an attractive option both for health-conscious customers and for food companies, and is suitable for celiacs, vegans, vegetarians, and – due to its low glycemic index – for diabetics.

Karchof has the potential to be a revolution in the food industry: the product is created through a closed-circle system using every part of the artichoke, reducing waste to a minimum considering that for every 1 kg of artichokes, 750 grams are scraps.

Circular economy to reduce food waste

Currently a part of the Terra Next acceleration program by Cariplo Factory, the Circular Fiber startup was founded by Nicola Ancilotto and Luca Cotecchia, with experience in biotechnologies and business development behind them.

“With our sustainable business model, we made a product that’s entirely based on circular economy scalable on an industrial level – explains Cotecchia – Our goal is to collaborate with food producers and industry partners to incorporate Karshof flour in a wide range of food products, such as bread, pasta snacks, and pizza. This way we are promoting healthier and more sustainable food options, all the while contributing to reduce food waste and mitigate the environmental impact of the agri-food sector”:


Food from agri-food waste

Platform for processing industry byproducts

Karshof, high-quality vegetable flour from agri-food artichoke processing waste

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