There is always room for a new female superhero. Wonder Woman is off protecting the forests. Storm has her hands full commanding the weather. Mera, Queen of Atlantis, creates and controls all the water on this earth—and that’s a full-time job! So now we have the Food Waste Warrior, Kaitlin Mogentale, who is determined to save the planet from the millions of pounds of pulp that are being dumped annually into landfills.
Kaitlin was earning a degree in environmental sciences from the University of Southern California when she taught underserved youth in Los Angeles how to grow and cook fresh vegetables. She went to Panama during winter interim to collaborate with professionals from around the world on human-centered design and social entrepreneurship and spent a semester at the University of Queensland in Australia for experiential coursework in environmental management, geographic information systems, and earth sciences. But it was back home in a friend’s kitchen that she was able to zero in on her mission: ensuring that good food does not go to waste. The friend was making carrot juice and Kaitlin noticed all the pulp left behind—the pulp that contains 95% of the carrot’s fiber and 50% of its nutrients. To think of that fiber being thrown away when it could be keeping blood sugar and hunger in check and reducing the risk of conditions such as heart disease and diabetes!
That’s when Kaitlin put on her cape and founded Pulp Pantry, a social enterprise that produces snack foods made from recycled fruit and vegetable pulp. She spent Fridays collecting pulp from juice bars around LA and first made snacks for her classmates, friends and professors. Then she expanded into selling her snacks at the University’s farmers market. When she realized the full potential of her mission, she hired on a pastry chef and food science students from California Polytechnic State University to develop formulations for snacks. The result was the Pulp Pantry Chip, a healthy, delicious, sustainable product that is helping to solve major health problems as well as a pressing environmental challenge.
Today, Pulp Pantry Chips are sold in all 50 states in Whole Foods, Target, Thrive Market and specialty retailers.
Pulp Pantry Chips
Pulp Pantry is dedicated to transforming forgotten, nutrient-rich ingredients, such as high fiber juice pulp, into delicious, healthy snacks that make it easy to get your daily servings of fruit, vegetables and fiber. Pulp Chips are vegetable-based, fiber-rich, flavorful upgrades of what we have long known as “junk food.” But these crispy chips are made from all healthy ingredients, including vegetables, cassava and superfoods such as chia seeds.
Pulp Chips have more fiber than kale chips and fewer carbs than potato and tortilla chips while containing, per serving, 5g fiber and fewer than 150 calories. They are grain-free, gluten-free and non-GMO.
Varieties of Pulp Pantry Chips
- Jalapeño Lime: Slightly spicy and distinctively tangy, pairs perfectly with guacamole and salsa.
- Spicy Barbecue: Bold, smoky sweet and savory, a BBQ recipe without the added sugar.
- Sea Salt: Gently salted, simple, lets any of your favorite dips take center stage.
- Salt ‘n’ Vinegar: Salty with a tangy punch, think carnival or beach fries.
Pulp Pantry Props
- Pulp Pantry was one of the first companies to have their packaging Certified Plastic Neutral in partnership with rePurpose Global. For every ounce of plastic they produce, they fund recycling programs to take that same amount of plastic out of the environment. The Pulp Chips bag is as small and thin as possible to save material, about half the size of other 5-ounce snack bags.
- Pulp Pantry Chips won a NEXTY Award for 2022 for “Best New Salty Snack.” The awards are presented by the New Hope Network in line with its mission to grow healthy markets. They recognize the most progressive, innovative, inspiring and trustworthy products in the natural products industry.