Europe’s first edible cup manufacturing factory in Plovdiv. put into operation
The production of edible biodegradable coffee mugs has started in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and the factory is the first of its kind in Europe.
The innovation is the work of Miroslav Zapryanov from Plovdiv, who made his first attempt at making edible cups on the stove in his home. The way from the idea to the realization took 10 years. During this time the technology was improved, economic analyzes were carried out, investors were found and a team was recruited.
“The production of our cups has two aspects,” says Miroslav Zapryanov. “Firstly, it reduces the production of carbon dioxide. Compared to plastic cups, we generate three times less. The other big advantage is that not a single drop of drinking water is contaminated. The production technology we use is ours and we have patented it. “
But what are these cups made of and can the consumer be sure that it will not harm his health?
“The cups are made from grain, purely natural products, so there is no danger to our health. On the contrary – they are actually good for human health. One of the main ingredients is oat bran, all products are natural and do not contain GMOs. We try to taste it of the drink not to change so that you can enjoy the cup. “
Zapryanov adds that in addition to coffee, the cup can also be used for all kinds of cold and hot beverages.
About 30 people are employed in the production of this Bulgarian product, but it is planned to create another 70 jobs soon. The capacity is almost 2.5 million edible cups per month and the idea is expected to reach 10 million cups in five years. 95% of the products are intended for export. Modern machines are used in the factory and the private investments are expected to pay for themselves over a period of 5 years.
“The production of plastic cups in the EU has been banned. We have already won the trust of some of the biggest customers. We export worldwide and have opened up more than 30 markets on six continents. “
When you consider that it takes plastic cups over 400 years to decompose, the environmental impact of making edible biodegradable cups is clear./BNR