UKRAINE WON GULFOOD INNOVATION AWARDS 2022 IN DUBAI

Watermelon seed oil in capsules presented for the first time by the Association of Kherson Watermelon Producers was awarded the ‘Most Innovative Organic Product’ at the International Trade Fair Gulfood 2022

The Association of Kherson Watermelon Producers won the nomination “Most Innovative Organic Product” at the International Trade Fair Gulfood 2022, held in Dubai on 13-17 February.

Kherson entrepreneurs presented a unique product – watermelon seed oil in capsules. This is a novelty in the market of healthy food, rich in nutrients.

Watermelon seed oil can be applied as a dessert or an ingredient in various confectionery products for diabetics.

Valeriy Fedorenko, Co-founder of the Association of Kherson Watermelon Producers, responsible for the promotion of Ukrainian products on foreign markets, shared the story of the product and his future prospects.

The story of watermelon seed oil in capsules began in the autumn of 2021, when the Association together with its partners – Vesta Leader LLC, the Department of Food Technology of Oles Honchar Dnipro National University and V. Danilevsky Institute for Endocrine Pathology Problems of Ukraine, decided to work on the development of value-added products that would help to use the unique properties of watermelon.

“This product contains up to 50% of cold-pressed oil from watermelon seeds, rich in carbohydrates and proteins and with no sugar. The human body receives from watermelon, energy oil and a unique complex of substances, e.g., squalene, lycopene, vitamin E, selenium, zinc and copper. The capsule shell protects oil from oxidation,” says Valeriy Fedorenko.

“Our food product is ready to enter the market. It can be used as a regular dessert, and as an ingredient for various fruit salads and other dishes. But we will continue to work on it. We want to create a line of similar products with different tastes, strengthen its useful properties by adding specially selected natural supplements of plant origin,” he adds.

The Association of Kherson Watermelon Producers is a participant of the collective stand of Ukraine at Gulfood 2022, organized by the project of the International Trade Centre “Linking Ukrainian SMEs in the Fruit and Vegetable Sector to Global and Domestic Markets and Value Chains” funded by Sweden.

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