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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.