A grower of edible vegetables who is keeping surplus vegetables from landfilling by turning them into nutrient powders has received funding from the Victorian government.
The company, Fresh Select, has received a $500,000 government grant to install a drying unit at its Werribee South site which will take unsaleable vegetables and vegetable scraps and turn them into powders that can be used as an ingredient in food. to increase their diet.
Powders can be added to smoothies, sauces, soups, muffins, cakes, breads and various other products, increasing their vegetable content. The facility, which has the capacity to convert approximately 8,000 tonnes of vegetables each year into new food products, will help farmers create new sources of income from materials that would otherwise be disposed of while reducing food waste.
Victorian Minister for Environment and Climate Action Lily D’Ambrosio visited Fresh Select, which is one of the country’s largest suppliers of lettuce and vegetables like broccoli and cabbage .
“2.4 million tonnes of food products currently end up as waste in Victoria every year. Innovations like this push us towards our goal of halving our food waste by 2030,” said D’Ambrosio.
“This local Victorian innovation will help grow zero-waste agriculture in our state, creating new jobs and new sources of income as we divert 80% of waste from landfill and cut emissions in half by 2030.”
Fresh Select received the funding through Sustainability Victoria as part of the Circular Economy Business Support Fund, which is investing a total of $4.34 million to create circular economies as a way to reduce waste.
The new facility is meant to be the first of its kind in Victoria, in hopes the technology can be scaled up and scaled up to other vegetable growers across Australia.