Systems Change Thinking - Creating Value from Unavoidable Food Supply Chain Wastes

Tuesday 16 January 2018, 8.30AM to 16:30

Speaker(s): Key industrialists, academics and consultants with a holistic view of food supply chain wastes. Researchers, industrialists and policy makers interested in collaborative UK and global projects


Food and drink is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, employing approximately 400,000 people with a turnover of £76 billion. Food manufacturing is a complex process that is in the main linear- rather than circular-thinking. A staggering 9.9 million tonnes of food waste and food by-products are generated per year in the food industry alone, of which 56% is considered unavoidable. Unavoidable food supply chain wastes (UFSCW) lost after harvest and along the distribution and consumption chain have a dual negative environmental impact: undue pressure on natural resources and ecosystem services and pollution through food discards. However, current strategies for dealing with UFSCW are rudimentary and of low value: these include waste to energy (including incineration and anaerobic digestion), and where possible; animal feed and bedding; compositing; ploughing back in to soil; and, least preferable, landfill.

This event explores UFSCW as a unique bioresource: a treasure trove of unexploited, bio-based materials and chemicals, with a range of potential commercial applications.

This will be an excellent opportunity to interact and connect with academics and industrial colleagues.

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The deadline for poster abstract submission is 10th December 2017.

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Register your place for free by 9th January 2018 at Systems Change Event 


This event is jointly organised by the EPSRC Centre for Innovation Manufacturing in Food and the EPSRC Systems Change Re-SAUCE Project (EP/P008771/1).

Location: Gateway Building (B01,02), Sutton Bonington Campus, University of Nottingham


Telephone: +44(0)1904 324970

Location: This is a free event taking place at the University of Nottingham for stakeholders interested in understanding the chemical and environmental benefits of utilising unavoidable food supply chain wastes.