Bedford Business Bio: Karl Winkler and WikiPearls

A bowl full of Wiki Pearls - Courtesy image
A bowl full of Wiki Pearls – Courtesy image


By Julie McCay Turner

Karl Winkler - Courtesy image
Karl Winkler – Courtesy image

Bedford has known Karl Winkler as a creative and innovative guy, from the time he began talking about tiny containers paired with an on-demand individual brewer that revolutionized coffee drinking in homes and offices around the world. But that’s behind him now, and Winkler is on to a new adventure: WikiPearls, an innovative, plastic free, food and beverage packaging technology.

The groundbreaking and disruptive technology behind WikiPearls is being developed in Cambridge, with none other than Winkler as the Senior Vice President of Engineering.

“In the food and beverage category where innovation is typically defined by small and incremental changes,” said Winkler, “we are incredibly proud of not the only groundbreaking innovation of the WikiPearl technology, but also the profound implications it can have on a global scale. Having driven the efforts in the past around development of a recyclable portion pack while at Keurig, eliminating plastic from packaging altogether is only part of the story.  At WikiFoods, we are also redefining food experiences, creating new usage occasions and delivering powerful and effect nutrition in delicious new ways.

Winkler continued, “WikiPearls was invented by our founder and Harvard professor, Dr. David Edwards and incubated with my amazing team here in Cambridge to partner with world-class food and beverage companies for commercialization.  So you can think of it as true locally developed innovation with global impact.”

In markets now, though not yet in Bedford

Stoneyfield Frozen Yogurt Pears - Courtesy image
Stoneyfield Frozen Yogurt Pears – Courtesy image

Recently Stonyfield Yogurt began marketing Frozen Yogurt Pearls, edible and self-contained, that pop right in your mouth. No spoon, no bowls: Think grapes, or M&M’s.

It’s a concept that raises eyebrows in disbelief, but the recent World Dairy Innovation award was bestowed on WikiPearls for “Best New Concept,” “Best Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt,” and “Best Dairy Packaging.”

Stonyfield Frozen Yogurt Pearls are exclusively available at four Whole Foods Markets (River Street and Fresh Pond in Cambridge, at the Charles River Plaza store in Boston, and in Lynnfield.)

The Citizen will let our readers know the minute we hear that WikiPearls are available at Whole Foods Market in Bedford.

Correction on August 12 2014: Mr. Winkler is Senior Vice President of Engineering at Wiki Foods and Aero Designs, not head of R&D, Engineering and Manufacturing as previously written.

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