Industrial food processing residues and wastes as high-value feedstocks

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In this article, we look at the value of industrial food processing residues and waste for the production of biobased products, biofuels and bioenergy.

Over the past couple of years, NNFCC has undertaken several projects looking at biomass feedstock availability in the UK, with a particular focus on industrial food processing residues and wastes in many cases. Interest in that specific feedstock stream has been revived by existing (and mounting) competition for household and commercial food waste. As such, many bioeconomy stakeholders are looking to diversify and tap into new streams, with industrial wastes now being put under the spotlight, especially within the bioenergy sector.

The value of industrial food processing residues and wastes lies in the purity of each individual waste stream. Being produced from the manufacturing or processing of a specific food or drink, the residues and wastes are less likely to contain contaminants and will not contain any packaging (an issue faced with the processing of household and commercial food waste). As a result, the composition of each waste stream is known to a good degree of accuracy and is typically consistent in both quality and output volume, making subsequent processes more likely to be efficient and successful.

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This article was written by Théa Allary, Consultant.

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