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It is universally acknowledged that food waste is a significant global concern which must be redressed if production levels are to satisfy the growing population. An estimated one third of global food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. This amounts to 1.3bn tonnes per year - an area roughly eight times the size of the United Kingdom would be required to re-grow this obsolete stock.
Companies can work with CPI to improve their production lines and waste streams at every stage of supply, from selecting raw materials and manufacturing techniques to re-using industrial and consumer waste streams.
CPI has significant experience in assisting companies from every level of the supply chain with creating high value commodities from food waste streams. These streams can be from sources as diverse as municipal waste, supermarket food, industrial waste, animal by-products and sewage sludge. Using our industrial biotechnology expertise and world class facilities, CPI has the capability to help our clients turn food waste into valuable bio-products such as fuels, plastics, chemicals and materials.
CPI is facilitating the development of energy efficient, second generation biofuels which can be grown or produced without negatively affecting food supplies, or using fresh water and arable land resources. These sustainable biochemical or biosynthetic alternative fuels can be integrated into the existing supply chain by blending with current fuels, without the need for large scale infrastructure reform. Adopting these fuels offers food and drink companies the opportunity to lead the way in reducing their carbon footprint and natural resource consumption, minimising the commercial risks associated with oil price volatility and security of supply.
CPI helped double sales through a study comparing lime ash, gypsum, straw, sawdust and Envirobed.
CPI’s scientists carried out a six-week laboratory scale study that included a series of bench scale anaerobic digestion assays. CPI designed a rigorous scientific protocol, comparing lime ash, gypsum, straw, sawdust and Envirobed. These bedding materials were blended with dairy manure, to provide ample nutrients, as well as a seed inoculum, to establish a microbial culture.