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Wonky cauliflowers and broccoli help to power health snack revolution

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-15 Tue 08:14

The launch of a new cauliflower crisp is the latest in a line of healthier snacks, using what are known as ‘ugly’ vegetables. Clare Johnston discovered how demand for nutritious and eco-friendly food options is helping Scotland’s farmers build a sustainable future. Just seven years ago, as much as 40% of…

Upcycled food movement gains momentum

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-14 Mon 10:39

Roughly 30 to 40 percent of food produced is wasted and that’s a big problem for society and the planet due to unnecessary resource use, failure to feed hungry people, and harmful greenhouse gases emitted as unused food rots in landfill. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Office, food…

Metro cuts food waste while boosting fresh sales

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-09 Wed 08:02

Building on its recent success in five Metro grocery stores since November 2019, Québec-based start-up FoodHero is extending its reach by deploying to nearly 100 Metro stores. FoodHero mobile application will allow Metro customers across Quebec to save money while providing stores an additional way to reduce food waste.

In today's context, customers are more than ever looking for ways to save on their grocery bills. The FoodHero anti-waste app can help shoppers save 30 to 50 percent off unsold products that are close to their expiry date and that remain fresh and fully consumable. After conducting a pilot project, which started last November in five Montreal stores, the results speak for themselves — nearly 6,000 orders were placed, representing more than 30,000 products sold via the application.

'Building on the success of our pilot project, we are excited to deploy the FoodHero program throughout our store network and continue our efforts to reduce food waste,' said Richard Frenkcuec, vice president, retail execution and customer experience, Metro. ' FoodHero complements our price reduction program in Québec that offers a 30 percent discount on products nearing their expiry date and provides us with an additional avenue to reduce the amount of unsold products going to landfill, contributing to our commitment to reduce food waste in our operations by 50 percent by 2025.'

Whole Foods introduces food redistribution program to reduce food waste

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-01 Tue 12:05

To kick off Hunger Action Month, Whole Foods Market announced Nourishing our Neighborhoods, a program created to expand capacity and capability for community-based food rescue organizations to move food from where it’s available to where it’s needed most.

Whole Foods Market is donating the funds to purchase 19 refrigerated vans, and donating two refrigerated catering vans, to community-based food rescue and redistribution programs to transport both perishable and nonperishable food to communities within 18 markets across the United States and Canada. The vans will provide recipient organizations with 20,000 pounds of rescued food per week per vehicle, donated from Whole Foods Market and surrounding grocers and retailers, which equates to 182 million meals provided over the anticipated 10-year lifetime use of each van.

“Nourishing our communities is a priority at Whole Foods Market, especially in these challenging times,” said Rob Twyman, executive vice president of operations at Whole Foods Market. “We’re proud to put forth a food redistribution solution to reduce food waste and provide both perishable and nonperishable nourishing foods to our communities.”

Gujarat state: Growers lose 60-70% of crops to rain

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-01 Tue 09:09

Continuous rain over the past few days has almost destroyed the monsoon crops in various regions of Gujarat. The growers there have not only lost money spent on seeds, fertilisers etc; their efforts for the past two months will literally be wasted as they will have little or no harvest. Continuous…

'More options for sorting potatoes'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-28 Fri 09:22

Many optical sorting machines work by discarding subpar material or foreign matter from a batch of potatoes. But some sorters check products’ quality. “It’s a matter of good, bad, or repeel,” says Sjors Vullings of Marcelissen. “We've had a sorter on the market for almost a year. It can, however, do so…

Coop Denmark's customers saved 1 million meals from being wasted, via Too Good To Go

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-26 Wed 11:02

Coop has been working with the Too Good To Go since 2017. This is an anti-food wastage app. People can use it to buy bags containing perishable goods. These are then collected from their local supermarket. In Denmark, this has already saved 1 million meals from being tossed away. That's equal to about 10,926 flights…

UK: Snacks made from wonky vegetables

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-24 Mon 09:42

Innovative brand Nudie Snacks has chosen wonky vegetables to market a new product made from fresh produce that would usually have been discarded. The company’s Caulifower Crisps are made from 40% fresh cauliflower grown in Scotland and come in two different flavours – cheese and caramelised onion and…

Apeel expands distribution in Germany, reveals food waste reduction

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-18 Tue 10:06

Germany’s Edeka Group is offering citrus and avocados treated by Apeel Science’s plant-derived technology in more than 11,000 Edeka and Netto stores throughout Germany.

A pilot test this year of Apeel’s technology in about 2,900 Edeka and Netto Marken-Discount stores resulted in a 50% reduction in wasted avocados and greater consumer satisfaction, according to a news release.

The release said Edeka and Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Apeel plan to introduce additional items, subject to approval by European Union authorities.

“With the nationwide launch of Apeel in our stores, we are reaching a new milestone in our goal of reducing food waste and the use of plastic packaging step-by-step,” E Mosa, CEO of Hamburg-based Edeka AG,  said in the release.  “We also support our shoppers to make an active contribution themselves to prevent valuable food in the household from ending up in the garbage bin.”

The pilot with Apeel was conducted in the first half of the year. Avocados from Chile and Peru were treated with Apeel’s plant-based solution. Over a period of twelve weeks, shrink and food loss, sales and turnover values were tracked, according to the release.

When compared with avocados from a control group, Apeel treated avocados had half the waste. Stores with the Apeel program saw a 20% growth in avocado sales, with fewer avocados lost to spoilage and increased customer demand.

In the Trenches: The diverse levels of produce shrink

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-14 Fri 14:28

Did you ever decide one day to clean the inside of your refrigerator? The first step in tackling this chore is to remove everything and sort through it. In the shuffle some items may have gone past the use by date, others were simply forgotten about in the back of the crisping drawer and have to be discarded. Those in the retail food industry supermarkets know this as shrink.

The aforementioned refrigerator chore gets one thinking about all the produce spoilage that occurs throughout the system — from farms to consumers. In supermarkets, produce departments experience waste and the losses can often reach serious dollar amounts. Every percent of produce shrink loss is a percent less on profit, and when the profit decreases, that’s when management starts snooping around for reasons causing it. Shrink is usually one of the biggest factors.

Management holds produce managers accountable for their gross profit numbers. Whenever the gross profit is deficient, they usually want to know what went into the tank — meaning the shrink loss.

It’s true that most produce shrink exists at store level, but the fact is shrink does not starts and end in store. There are many factors that can contribute to shrink, thus produce managers should not have to take the full brunt of the blame.

There are a number of areas where shrink is initiated before product arrives to a store. This is the “invisible shrink.”

CPMA to support the delivery of Canada’s Surplus Food Rescue Program

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-13 Thu 10:19

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association and its allied partners across the food system are extremely enthusiastic to have been selected to support the delivery of the Surplus Food Rescue Program developed by the government of Canada.

CPMA is committed to reducing food waste and helping individuals and communities across Canada. Over its 95-year history, CPMA has been supporting charities, community organizations, foodbanks and others through donations and initiatives like theHalf Your Platecampaign to help provide healthy food to Canadians.

The Association is part of a multi-stakeholder network with national and regional representation working to execute this project. This collaboration across industry, charity and indigenous organizations will carry out the distribution of identified surplus food in Canada’s supply chain and match it through CPMA’s partner Second Harvest and FoodRescue.cato support Canada's most vulnerable populations, as well as others who, unfortunately, are now in a position to require emergency food donations.

“Historically, our industry has stepped forward when asked to support our community, and this year we have increased our efforts to support those in need, from our frontline workers to indigenous groups” said Davis Yung, CPMA chair. “I am very pleased that 10% of the product in this program will be targeting northern communities to ensure all Canadians are supported in these unique times.”

China: Xi Jinping's Sudden Food Waste Panic Unrelated to Floods Destroying Crops

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-13 Thu 10:18

Chinese President Xi Jinping eats a Polish apples as he greets the arrival of the first China Railway Express train that rolled into the Polish capital from China ending a 13-day trip from Chengdu, capital of the central Sichuan province on June 20, 2016 in Warsaw. Chinese President Xi Jinping was in Warsaw to boost China's trade and investment with Poland, the European Union's largest eastern economy. / AFP / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Agriculture minister announces details of $50M program to direct surplus food to those in need

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-13 Thu 10:14

500Foods shared this story from CBC | Canada News.

Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced details today of a $50-million program that will redirect surplus perishable food products to vulnerable people during the pandemic.

Government of Canada investment brings nutritious surplus food to vulnerable Canadians

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-13 Thu 10:14

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, was at Nutri Group Head office, in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, today to announce details of the first-ever federal government program that will provide millions of pounds of quality, nutritious, surplus food to Canada’s most vulnerable populations.

Surplus Food Rescue Program

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-13 Thu 10:13

The Surplus Food Rescue Program is a $50 million initiative which will help to support Canada’s food system, food processors, and food producers, and distributors to help ensure food availability for all Canadians.

Do promotions contribute to food waste?

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-13 Thu 10:08

With global supply chains being threatened by a combination of extreme climate events and transport restrictions, it is increasingly important to tackle the global problem of wasted food. Most of this waste occurs in our homes. People buy food, presumably with the intention of eating it, but end up…

Minister Bibeau to announce successful partners of the Surplus Food Rescue Program

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-12 Wed 11:05

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, will visit the Nutri Group Head office and the Nutri-Oeuf egg plant to announce the partnerships between producer groups and not-for-profits that will redirect surplus food to those in need.

In-basket cleaning: Cutting produce loss to the maximum

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-12 Wed 09:36

After the Covid-19 crisis, consumers are paying more attention to food safety, making higher demands on fruit and vegetable processing enterprises. Cleaning is an important step in possessing fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. Efficient and convenient cleaning equipment not only helps to improve a…

New Zealand’s first food waste-to-bioenergy facility gets underway

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-10 Mon 06:29

New Zealand’s first large-scale food waste-to-bioenergy facility gets underway at Reporoa, in the central North Island. Following the blessing of the land by Ngati Tahu-Ngati Whaoa, construction will begin on the new anaerobic digestion facility which is owned by Ecogas – a joint venture between Pioneer…

When a man heard that farmers were destroying unsold produce, he arranged for trucks to deliver 3 million pounds of it to food banks

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-04 Tue 11:23

George Ahearn, who grew up in the farming town of Othello, Washington, co-founded EastWest Food Rescue after learning that Covid-19 was costing local farmers so much business that they were willing to destroy their crops.

'Preservation tech is the key to driving higher margins and avoiding $1 trillion in losses'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-10 Fri 11:02

Food loss and waste (FLW) currently causes an estimated $1 trillion in economic losses globally each year. This constitutes a major humanitarian crisis in addition to an economic one, leading the United Nations to set a goal of reducing global FLW by 50% by 2030. A new report by Lux Research, “Preserving…

Plastic waste soars in Scotland amidst fears for unpackaged food

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-10 Fri 11:01

The amount of plastic wasted has soared during the current lockdown, as Scots believe products are a lot safer to eat when packaged. A new Populus poll found that two in three Scots are concerned about an increase in plastic waste during lockdown. Some people seem to believe that produce like fruit and…

How fresh produce waste is being turned into gut health fibre supplement

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-08 Wed 11:39

A Queensland based food innovation company has produced a new health product, made mostly from discarded fruit and vegetables, which is being released. Natural Evolution has created an Australian first 3 in 1 Multifibre, called GUTHEALTH+, a synbiotic blend of prebiotics and probiotics, which supports,…

Waste reduction and process optimisation by individually labelling fruit and veg

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-06 Mon 09:36

Nature's Pride, in collaboration with Bizerba Netherlands, has taken a huge step towards reducing waste. By installing an LDI PAC8, a label dispenser from Bizerba - with customer-specific adaptations - Nature's Pride has the absolute first for this solution across Europe. Waste reductionAs a supplier of 230…

Interview Ted Duijvesestijn on geothermal energy, waste and the future of indoor growing

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-06 Mon 09:34

Mariska Dreschler (GreenTech) and Ted Duijvestijn (CEO Duijvestijn Tomatoes), discuss indoor growing and the following topics: Why circularity is important and how Duijvestijn incorporates this How can you reuse excess and waste? Geothermal energy, is it too early? Data and digitisation in the greenhouse…

'We've seen a 55% reduction in quality claims since implementing Hazel Tech'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-01 Wed 10:58

Hazel Technologies Inc., developer of new USDA-funded technologies to protect quality in the produce supply chain and fight food waste, announced a new partnership with PureFresh Sales, grower and marketer of premium California fresh fruit since 1970. The partnership focuses on the use of Hazel Tech®…

Helping soilless farms grow net income by going closed loop

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-01 Wed 10:53

Re-Nuble has cracked the code on how to help soilless farms grow their net income by going 100% closed loop, through the utilization of food waste. Over the past 5 years, the company has developed technologies that unlock water soluble nitrates from plant-based food waste streams, producing…

Surplus Food Rescue Program

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jun-27 Sat 21:37

The Surplus Food Rescue Program is a $50 million initiative which will help to support Canada’s food system, food processors, and food producers, and distributors to help ensure food availability for all Canadians.