Innovations In Food Waste Management On The Rise

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 | 647 Views

With food waste management (FWM) gaining traction, key emerging opportunities such as in converting food waste to products like plastics, fruit juices or liquid fuels are being seen, finds Frost & Sullivan.

Market researcher Frost & Sullivan has done an analysis on Emerging Trends and Opportunities in FWM, and they have found that policies favouring food waste reduction in Europe and North America, as well as the setting of global targets, have greatly aided the development of FWM technologies.

At present, the most popular methods for FWM include composting and anaerobic digestion. However, these methods do not help to salvage unspoilt food from the food waste, and can also be energy intensive, which reduces the overall environmental benefit that is desired.

According to TechVision research analyst Lekshmy Ravi, there is currently a demand for technologies that can convert food unfit for human consumption to animal feed. “Technology developers are simultaneously working on repackaging or repurposing food waste to food for human consumption using less energy-intensive solutions and employing novel management models.”

Considerable research and industry initiatives have also been seen for the conversion of food waste to products such as plastics, fruit juices and food ingredients. Innovative companies are also trying to convert food waste into liquid fuels.

There are still problems with efficiency in FWM technologies, and strategic partnerships along the various links of the food supply chain could help to improve this, as well as facilitate the exchange of technologies and techniques.

FWM is a growing area for innovation, and according to Mr Ravi, key emerging opportunities are expected to be in the extraction of edible ingredients from food waste, conversion of misshapen fruits to saleable products, and conversion of byproducts from food production.