Growing Trend: Upcycled Food

“Upcycled foods use ingredients that otherwise would not have gone to human consumption, are procured and produced using verifiable supply chains and have a positive impact on the environment.” – Upcycled Foods Definition Task Force

An estimated 30% of the global food supply goes to waste annually. Consumer interest in sustainability, especially sustainable food, rapidly increased over the past year because of the pandemic. With more people cooking at home and re-evaluating their habits this includes a renewed focus on ways to trim food waste.

As a result, many in the food and beverage industry are working towards more sustainable practices and creating a more sustainable food supply from the inside out, beginning with ingredients.

One such upcycled ingredient is yeast extract, often a byproduct of molasses production using sugar beet, sugar cane or corn.

In turn, any byproducts of yeast extract production are often repurposed into animal feed, bio stimulants or fertilizer, creating a sustainable cycle.

As more consumers look towards their food purchases as an opportunity to change their environmental impact, manufacturers will need to adapt and do the same to stay ahead of the demand.

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