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Opportunity for high value-added chemicals from food supply chain wastes

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JournalBIORESOURCE TECHNOLOGY
DateAccepted/In press - 5 Mar 2016
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 12 Mar 2016
Volume215
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)123-130
Early online date12/03/16
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

With approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of food wasted per annum, food supply chain wastes (FSCWs) may be viewed as the contemporary Periodic Table of biobased feedstock chemicals (platform molecules) and functional materials. Herein, the global drivers and case for food waste valorisation within the context of global sustainability, sustainable development goals and the bioeconomy are discussed. The emerging potential of high value added chemicals from certain tropical FSCW is considered as these are grown in three major geographical areas: Brazil, India and China, and likely to increase in volume. FSCW in the context of biorefineries is discussed and two case studies are reported, namely: waste potato, and; orange peel waste. Interestingly, both waste feedstocks, like many others, produce proteins and with the global demand for vegetable proteins on the rise then proteins from FSCW may become a dominant area.

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Embargo period: 24 months

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  • Biobased chemicals, Food supply chain wastes, Functional materials, Renewable chemicals, Valorisation

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