"Maximize Product Utilization" - Following the Roadmap to 2030 Webinar Series
Wednesday August 25, 2021 1:00 pm EST
Waste can be driven by not using food products in their entirety. How can facilities, operations, and menus be redesigned to use as much of each product as possible – and how are upcycling and low-waste menus helping the food system rethink the concept of “waste”?
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We need to help manufacturers answer the three most important questions: why waste is happening, how to prevent waste, and when to act.
We are on the cusp of a consumer being able to go to the store and know what the impact of that exact package and that exact upcycled (or not) food is on the planet, and that’s extremely powerful.
By including a little bit of an upcycled ingredient in your formulation, you can have a really big impact on preventing food waste at scale.
Most of the investment that needs to come to finance this part of the food waste solution has to come from businesses. Well how do you get businesses to act? You show them a return on investment.
When you look at manufacturing, the impact you can have per action is much greater. Rather than educating billions of consumers or millions of business owners, you can go to one production line or change the packaging, and have an impact with big savings and relatively less effort.
We have this incredible amount of data, and we also have the ability to analyze that data and AI is part of that. We have more potential now than we’ve ever had.
95% of people want to do something about food waste. The whole upcycled industry is based on leveraging that ubiquitous common belief among humans, giving people the ability to prevent food waste and to act on that value every time they go to a grocery store.
I love the notion that this is a big tent issue, I felt that keenly at the last ReFED Summit. I agree that we are all in this together, but there’s still a long way to go.
The technologies are there, the solutions are there and they’re getting uptake, so let’s talk about scale and talk about scaling equitably.