Value from agri-food waste
Across Yorkshire and the Humber, innovative food and drink researchers and businesses are finding new ways to extract value from unavoidable food and farming waste.
A major food processing centre for the UK
- Yorkshire and the Humber is the UK’s biggest food producer, with more than 15,000 companies contributing £1.7 billion to the regional economy.
- Supermarket giants Asda and Morrisons are both headquartered here and McCain Foods, Mars, Nestlé, Heinz, Coca-Cola and Young’s all have bases in the region.
- Yorkshire is home to over 80 real ale breweries producing almost a third of the UK’s beer.
Nationally unique, regional pilot-scale facilities help companies address their food waste problems
Companies developing innovative solutions for value from food wastes and by-products
- Quorn is exploring new uses for by-products from their vegetarian food production with the help of regional partners, such as the BDC.
- Arla Foods has developed a method to use acid whey, a by-product from strained yogurt production, in smoothies and desserts.
- Greenergy’s plant converts used oils and fats into biodiesel at one of the largest facilities of its kind in Europe.
- Wilson Bio-Chemical has invented a process to convert raw municipal solid waste (MSW) into pelletised organic-MSW for further conversion into aviation biofuels or chemicals.
Food and drink
Our region has the UK’s greatest concentration of food and drink companies.