Did you know that at least 1/3 of all food is wasted?
Approximately $1 trillion of food is lost or wasted every year — accounting for roughly one-third of the world’s food. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), reversing this trend would preserve enough food to feed 2 billion people . That’s more than twice the number of undernourished people across the globe. – World Food Program USA
One effective way to address this serious issue is by upcycling and transforming that waste into high-value food products.
One of the more interesting (read tasty) product categories for upcycled food is snacks.
These healthy snack brands are all producing great products in the fast-growing upcycled food market. They are also members of the newly-formed Upcycled Food Association.
What Is Upcycled Food?
One of the first acts taken by the Upcycled Food Association was the formation of a task force to formalize a definition of “upcycled food.” They produced a summary paper that outlines the definition elements of the term.
According to the association, “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 Snacks Brands
The Ugly Company
The Ugly Co. was founded by Ben Moore, a 4th generation farmer in Kingsburg, California.
Growing up on a farm that grew everything from stone-fruit to wine grapes, Ben always thought that throwing out fruit because it was ugly was normal.
Then he had an epiphany in 2017 during that year’s devastating hurricane season. He read about people starving for lack of food. He was dumbfounded that people were going without food and he had just personally discarded 300 tons of edible fruit.
2-4 million pounds of fruit is wasted at farms within a 15-mile radius of Kingsburg, CA each year. This fruit is thrown away mostly for cosmetic reasons, because it’s ugly.
I’m convinced that we can prevent all of this waste if enough people can see and feel what I do, as a farmer, on a daily basis. – Ben Moore
The Ugly Company currently produces three different products: Dried & Diced Peaches, Dried & Diced Apricots, and Dried & Diced Kiwis.
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