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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.

Contact us for access to the region’s food waste innovation or to join our special interest group on anaerobic digestion.


Food and drink

Our region has the UK’s greatest concentration of food and drink companies.