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The Position Paper – a colloborative endevour to further strenghten the Upcycling ecosystem

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This paper collects various academic insights developed by working groups of authors and backed by research. Presenting these insights, the authors aim to showcase key topics that have been researched so far and demonstrate why we the need to undertake more research into upcycling, and why it’s so important. Developing a market for upcycled food and ingredients aligns with various public and private organisations’ goals relating to food security, availability and the impact of food production and waste on the planet. It is a topic that is receiving more and more attention from researchers across the public-private spectrum.

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In the future, more research should be done on technical barriers and opportunities to upcycling side streams into food-grade ingredients. Moreover, knowledge institutes can do further research on side streams in the agrifood sector, looking into which streams can be defined as unavoidable, where significant unavoidable losses arise (in value chain and geographically) and how can they be optimally valorised. Measuring the consumer market’s response to upcycled food products that demonstrate positive values is also a new topic that would be good to explore. Having this sort of data would help companies gauge consumer appetites for upcycled products, and better shape their strategies.

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We hope this paper inspires, informs, and enthuses you about the further development of the upcycled food and ingredients market! There are several ways to turn your interest into collaboration and action. See below for options to get involved.

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The Upcycling Community is an international and closed group of partners collaborating on upcycling of food losses towards food.
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Foodvalley will spearhead the UPcycled4Food Initiative, focusing on collaboration across the value chain and accelerating the adoption of upcycled products and ingredients, pushing the ambition to make upcycling the new normal mainstream choice for manufacturers, food service companies and retailers.
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