Activity 8 – Reducing GHG by improving organic waste management in produce processing

Summary:

The Canadian fruit and vegetable processing sector generates large, repetitive and predictable volumes of unavoidable waste such as peels, cores and pomace. Currently, much of this waste is sent to animal feed, used for biofuel, spread on fields or landfilled. Due to the high water content, low energy density, and high fibre content of this material, fruit and vegetable waste is problematic in many of these waste handling scenarios and can lead to significant greenhouse gas emissions. Retaining these waste streams in the human food chain by converting to value-added products would result in significant environmental and economic benefits.

The proposed project brings together a research and development consortium comprised of industry organizations from different parts of the value chain to address food waste in the fruit and vegetable processing sector. The project will focus on developing the evidence-base to create new value-added products from fruits and vegetables that are processed in large volumes in Canada (e.g. apples, corn, onion, carrots).

Project partners will work synchronously to address knowledge gaps and tackle obstacles to create new fruit or vegetable waste valorization value chains including: preparing waste streams for sale into the human food supply chain, undertaking analyses and trials to determine constraints to new product development, process development and evaluating the sensory and functional performance of the resulting products in trial food formulations.

Researchers

Principal investigator

ALEXANDRA GRYGORCZYK
Research Scientist, Consumer, Sensory & Market Insights

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
4890 Victoria Avenue North, Box 4000
Vineland Station, ON L0R 2E0

Co-applicant

MITHUN SHRIVASTAVA
Consumer and Market Researcher

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
4890 Victoria Avenue North, Box 4000
Vineland Station, ON L0R 2E0

Co-Applicant

Henry Liu
R&D Scientist

Gum Products International (GPI)
1255 Journey’s End Circle
Newmarket, ON L3Y 8T7

Objectives

This project aims to reduce fresh produce waste by upcycling by-products of fruits and vegetables crops and converting into value-added products such as puree snacks, onion powder, corn juice bakery, beverage and textured vegetable protein etc. to retain these waste streams in the human food chain.

  • Provide guidance to the fruit and vegetable processing sector regarding how to reduce GHG emissions by improved organic waste stream management
  • Secure a supply of fruit and vegetable processing by-products for conversion to value-added products
  • Develop processes and technologies required to convert fruit and vegetable processing waste into value-added products

 

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