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Insects have always been part of agriculture. We rely on pollinators to grow many horticultural crops, and we use predatory insects to control crop pests. Honeybees have been part of our food supply chains for thousands of years, and silk production continues to influence what we wear. Insects can not only be a vital food source, but a great way of valorising food waste. Read the proceedings of the ASDA workshop to find out more.

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Online Trading Platform
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We breed Black Soldier Flies and their larvae. We feed waste vegetables and fruit to the larvae and when they are optimum size we sell them to distributors or retile live feed.

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Online trading platform
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Agribay connects the farming community to the market, enhancing the community, environment, and wellbeing by reducing needless waste and increasing yields.

Agronomex

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Online Trading Platform
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Agronomex is an online business-to-business fruit and vegetables marketplace to facilitate the direct trade of surplus produce. In the same place, you can manage your entire supply or sourcing process from the produce location to payment and delivery.

Animal Feed Tool

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A decision making support tool for using former foodstuffs as animal feed. The tool helps users identify whether their food surplus can be fed to animal feed and whether there are any regulatory requirements to comply with.

Approved food

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Retailer/Online Retailer
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Approved Food is an online discount food retailer that sells products near or past their best before date, as well as some fresh produce, including vegetables. It is the UK's largest online retailer for short-dated and residual stock.

Biotrading

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Online trading platform
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Recycling

Biotrading is Veolia's online marketplace for organic resources. It lists materials for sale or auction in a transparent digital environment, allowing buyers and sellers to connect and trade at best value. For farmers, retailers, food and drinks companies, and more.

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UK-wide
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Waste Valorization
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Industrial biotechnology, contract research and consultancy organization, combining acoustic energy and bio-processing to produce pharmaceuticals, fine and speciality chemicals, bioethanol and biofuels.

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UK-wide
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Retailer/Online
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Cibio is an online marketplace for imperfect and surplus produce. We are helping growers/coops and pack houses maximise revenue and reduce waste, and supporting food companies in lowering their cost of goods while purchasing more sustainably.

City Harvest

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Greater London
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Redistribution Network
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Donation

City Harvest puts surplus food to good use in a sustainable way, by distributing it to organisations that feed the hungry.

Community Shop

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Social enterprise
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Social enterprise donation

Surplus is inevitable in the food supply chain and we work with Britain’s biggest retailers, manufacturers and brands, to ensure that wholesome surplus food reaches peoples’ plates. Get in touch to be a part of what we do.

Company Shop

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Redistribution Network
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We are the UK’s largest redistributor of food and household items, working with the country’s biggest retailers, manufacturers and brands. Company Shop purchases surplus food and household items to prevent them from going to waste and we have full retailer approval to redistribute own label products in retailer packaging and retailer totes. By redistributing these products to our members across the country, we ensure these products can be used for the purpose they were originally intended. Find out how we can help deliver a financial, environmental and social benefit to your organisation.

Eastern Agri-Tech innovation hub

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Research and Innovation
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Research and Innovation

Foccused on fresh produce and field vegetables, we welcome farmers and growers, food businesses, and other users wishing to engage in applied research work to reduce or re-use all forms of waste in the food supply chain

EcoInsect

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Waste Valorization
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Ecoinsect is a pioneering company converting fruit and vegetable waste into innovative insect products.

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UK-wide
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Waste Valorization
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Research and Innovation

Insect biomass conversion (or insect farming) is an emerging practice, where waste is fed directly to insects. These in turn convert low value biomass into higher value insect mass, rich in proteins, fats and chitin. These can in turn be used as sustainable inputs for a variety of sectors, most notably high quality animal feeds demanded by the aquaculture sector & premium pet food markets.

Fare share

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Redistribution Network
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FareShare is the UK's largest food redistribution charity, taking edible surplus food from more than 500 businesses, including major retailers, manufacturers, farmers and growers and redistributing it to vulnerable people through a UK-wide network of almost 11,000 frontline charities.  Our dedicated food team will work with you to redistribute your food surplus in a way that’s easy, cost effective and makes sense for your business.

Flawsome! Drinks

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Food/Drinks Producer
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Flawsome! Drinks believes that any fruit – no matter what its shape – should be used and consumed instead of discarded. We support farmers who cannot sell their wonky produce anywhere else and make delicious drinks that are free from any additives or gluten.

Food heroes

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Europe
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Research and Innovation
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Food Heroes. The project name is sound and clear. It focuses on innovative food entrepreneurs working on the reduction of food losses in the ‘neglected’ first parts of the food chain. This project works across three food sectors (fish, meat and fruit & vegetables). The aim will be to prevent food being produced for human consumption to degradate in the food waste pyramid to a lower value level.

Food in Community

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South West England
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Redistribution Network
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Food in Community rescues and sorts surplus fresh fruit and vegetables, and delivers boxes to charities and community groups in and around Totnes. We also glean surplus food directly from farmers' fields, run cooking workshops and a monthly pay what you feel cafe. 

Foodcloud

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Redistribution Network
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A store, manufacturer or farm has perfectly good food that they cannot sell; in seconds, they upload a description of the food using their in-store scanner or our smartphone app. This is good for everyone: charities get access to a supply of fresh food and businesses can meaningfully contribute to their community.

Foodcycle

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We support people who are hungry and lonely by serving tasty lunches and dinners every single day in towns and cities across the country.  Many of our guests struggle to afford the basics to eat and many will eat alone without company or conversation. It’s our goal to support these people.

Fresh range

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South West England
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Redistribution Network
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We source our food directly from award-winning producers in Somerset and Gloucestershire, ensuring low food miles and no need for days or weeks of haulage and storage. Most of the food is baked, caught, cooked, cut, laid, picked or produced just before delivery, which means better tasting food and richer nutritional value.

Gleaning Network

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Retailer/Online Retailer
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Research and Innovation

Feedback’s Gleaning Network gives people across the country an opportunity to engage with the food system hands on by helping us to rescue fresh, surplus fruit and vegetables from farms where it would otherwise be wasted – and get it to good causes.

His Church

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Redistribution Network
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The His Church charity provides ethical and environmentally-friendly solutions for surplus stock and redistributes it to the underprivileged and vulnerable. Get in touch if you think you can help.

J.Tamblyn & Son

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South West England
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Recycling
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Recycling

We’re already working with one major food manufacturer in Devon to process their food waste and turn it into animal feed that we use on our own farm and sell to other local farms. We’re interested to talk to companies in Devon and Cornwall – and potentially the wider southwest region – to do the same. We are FEMAS accredited; get in touch.

Neighbourly

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Redistribution Network
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Neighbourly is a giving platform that connects food businesses that have surplus with charities, community groups and redistribution organisations that can put it to good use in the community, across the UK and Ireland. Neighbourly also helps responsible businesses support local causes through financial donations and volunteering.

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Professor Montse Jorba coordinated the NOSHAN project where researchers from seven European countries investigated turning fruit, vegetable, cereal and dairy waste into pork and poultry feed. They found that the most nutrient-rich sources of waste came from pumpkins, rapeseed, cheese and yoghurt production, barley, mushrooms and olives. This could help to reduce the environmental impact of livestock farming. Read this article to find out more.

Oddbox Delivery Ltd

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Food Sharing Platform
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London's first wonky and surplus fruit & veg box subscription working directly with growers and packhouses and buying these out of specs / surplus produce for a fair price, delivering them through a box scheme directly to over 10,000 consumers.

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Food sharing platform
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OLIO connects neighbours with each other and with local shops so surplus food and other items can be shared, not thrown away. This could be food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare home grown vegetables, bread from your baker, or the groceries in your fridge when you go away.

Proteinsect

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Europe
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Research and Innovation

Insects, especially flies, have the potential to help meet the demand for sustainable protein sources. Fly larvae are a natural component of the diet of fish, chickens and pigs. PROteINSECT focuses on rearing two species of fly and conducting feeding trials with these animals. The larvae, grown on a range of organic wastes, can also reduce the volume of that waste by up to 60%, providing an additional benefit.

Plan Zheroes

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Waste Valorization
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Our food donation platform helps food businesses easily and safely donate their surplus food to nearby charities and community groups who can use it. If you’re a business with surplus food just create an account in minutes, post a donation and the platform will inform all nearby charities of the food you have available.

Post-harvest food waste

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Reducing food waste is essential if we are to continue feeding the growing global population. Wageningen University & Research's page gives an overview of research being carried out at Wageningen into reducing food waste after the harvest.

Refresh Project

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This report investigates using vegetable surplus, treated using a thermophysical technique known as steam explosion, as food ingredients. The results demonstrate that it is possible to use defined, traceable residues from the food manufacturing industries in existing product recipes. It particular, it’s possible to add chicory fibre to produce a high-fibre product with no adverse effect on product quality when compared against a conventional equivalent product. Read the paper to find out more.

Roots Collective

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Scotland
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Drinks producer
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Roots Collective’s mission is to get real vegetable goodness into everyone’s diets as deliciously as possible using a variety of fruit and vegetables from different sources.

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South East England
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Certification scheme
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Information

The certification scheme that helps local and regional food and drink producers supply their products to national and regional buyers.

Spare Snacks

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South East England
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Food producer
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We rescue fresh Kentish apples and pears that would otherwise be wasted and gently slice them whole and slowly air-dry them into subtly sweet and crunchy slices of natural fruity crisps.

Take Stock

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Online trading platform
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Many businesses in the food industry have unwanted stock in the wrong place at the wrong time. There is usually a buyer out there looking for that item. Takestock.com is an online trading platform that makes it easy food manufacturing and agricultural owners to find a buyer rather than sending surpluses to landfill.

The bread and butter thing

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North West England
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Redistribution Network
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We provide food directly to struggling individuals and families: fresh food that needs consuming, but also store cupboard provisions as well. Because we send out what we are given, we have very little waste. We start the day with empty vans and end the day with empty vans. Get in touch if you can help us.

The FareShare Surplus with Purpose Fund

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The FareShare Surplus with Purpose Fund is a £3m fund that offsets the costs of diverting surplus food to charities, and is open to food producers looking to unlock new or hard to reach surplus food, as well as those that haven’t previously worked with FareShare. Businesses could be eligible for up to £50,000 worth of funding. The fund is open for a limited time only, for full terms contact FareShare.

The Felix project

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Greater London
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Redistribution Network
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The Felix Project collects fresh, nutritious food that cannot be sold. We deliver this surplus food to charities so they can provide healthy meals and help the most vulnerable in our society.

The Real Junk Food Project

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Redistribution Network
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We are a global movement aiming to abolish surplus food through a variety of ‘pay-as-you-feel’ concepts. We divert surplus edible food destined for waste and make it accessible for human consumption.

Trussel Trust

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Redistribution Network
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The Trussell Trust runs a network of over 420 food banks, which work out of more than 1,200 centres across the UK and provide emergency food to people referred for support. In the last year our network gave almost 1.5m three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis.

Waste Food Solutions Ltd

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Animal Feed
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We provide an economically and ecologically viable outlet for the out of date and unsold food from supermarkets, distributors and food manufacturers. We de-package this food for farm animals.

Waste not Juice

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Drinks producer
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We use wonky fruit ‘n’ veg to make fresh, fantastic-tasting, all-natural juice. It’s also cold-pressed so that, unlike other juices which are often heat-treated, we’re not messing with any of the nutrients or enzymes.

Wasteknot

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Consultancy
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Waste Knot helps make the connection between farms that have surplus produce that may not meet strict, cosmetic criteria and those who can put it to good use. We're on a mission to save perfectly edible fresh produce from going to waste.

Wonky Food Co

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The Wonky Food Company was started in 2017 by a team of passionate foodies and farmers, committed to tackling food waste by creating great-tasting products that make use of imperfect and surplus fruit & veg.

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