Fife fruit and veg supplier’s eureka moment lands innovation prize

Ballingry-based firm’s PeelTech technology lands another honour 

A Fife fruit and vegetable wholesaler’s “eureka moment” has landed him an Innovation of the Year award.
Malcolm Wood of Ballingry-based Ivan Wood and Sons was honoured in this year’s Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards for his compact starch filtration system – ‘PeelTech’ – which he came up with in the middle of the night, following the roll out of legislation which prevents fast food outlets from disposing of food and starch waste in public drains.
He worked closely with Abertay University in Dundee to develop the idea after Interface, the business to academic matchmaker, connected the two partners.
The judges lauded the innovation behind the product as well as its environmental and regulatory credentials.
Interface director Siobhán Jordan said: “We have had some truly inspirational individuals and collaborations celebrated at today’s awards ceremony. The day has been a fantastic showcase of what can be achieved when business and academia come together. The standard of entries was incredibly high and the judges had some tough decisions to make. Each of the finalists really demonstrated how collaborations can boost innovation, drive company growth to support the economy and position Scotland as a CAN DO nation.”
Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, said: “I would like to congratulate all the nominees and winners who have been recognised for their outstanding work at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards.
“Today’s awards celebrate the knowledge exchange activities and projects that happen all over Scotland, bringing people together to further forge new partnerships and collaborations.  These are truly innovative projects between our businesses and academia from all disciplines and are crucial for improving productivity and creating sustainable economic growth, whilst playing a vital role in shaping Scotland’s future.”
Other Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards include partnerships between MacTaggart Scott and Heriot Watt University; Vaskutek and the University of Strathclyde, and Professor Lee Innes of the Moredun Research Institute.