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AvoLov: New avocado chips technology

After two years of research, avocado chips start-up AvoLov has perfected dehydrating avocados. It is now ready to produce crispy avocado chips, capitalising on the growing love of the fruit. Eric Healy, founder and CEO of AvoLov calls avocados the 'alternative meat from nature,' and said his company is well positioned to compete in the fast growing plant-based foods category.

Avocados tick all the boxes when it comes to current diets, including vegan and paleo; free from allergens like wheat, dairy or grains. It checks all the trend boxes as well: non-GMO, high in good fats and fibres.

A former mechanic aerospace engineer, Healy comes from a family that has been involved in the natural food world for some time: Healys uncle founded Kettle Foods and his parents started the No-Bake Cookie Company six years ago, in Oregon.

"The trend of snacks made from dehydrated fruits and vegetables, such as kale chips, has exploded over the past two years. Other items like coconut and beet chips are also popular," said Healy.



Healy was however surprised nobody had combined the two trends to produce avocado chips. "It seems like an obvious product, that would go viral," he said. However, he quickly realized traditional dehydration methods used for other veggies would not work on avocados, donned his engineering hat and spent two years developing a feasible method.

Bakeryandsnacks.com described it as a "low-temperature process that preserves all the nutrition and flavours [of an avocado], and added other ingredients, like tapioca starch, for example, to give it a crunchy texture."

AvoLov currently sources Hass avocados from Mexico and California, according to Healy, the best variety in terms of nutrition profile, and manufactures the chips in a plant in Oregon.

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