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Conducting Research on Food Processing Waste

Agricultural Research Service

Contact

USDA ARS Office of National Programs, Nutrition, Food Safety, and Quality, National Program 306: Quality and Utilization of Agricultural Products

Objective

Conduct research that enables the production of new value-added, biobased products from waste materials at food processing facilities. 

FY 2013 Research funding supporting this objective is estimated at a total of $984,000. Specific activities and funding are reflected below.

Activity 1

Develop, in collaboration with industry partner, technology to utilize olive mill wastewater in body-care or beverage products. FY 2013 Research expenditures to total approximately $227,00

Ongoing

Activity 2

Develop, in collaboration with UC-Davis, processes to produce new value-added oils and dietary-fiber products from fruit and vegetable seed byproducts of food/beverage processing. FY 2013 Research expenditures to total $113,00

Ongoing

Activity 3

Develop grape seed flour, a byproduct of wine making, as a healthy food ingredient that helps to lower the risks of heart disease and obesity.  FY 2013 Research expenditures to total approximately $357,000

Ongoing

Activity 4

Develop new food ingredients/products derived from olive pomace (byproduct of olive oil processing). FY 2013 Research expenditures to total approximately $45,000

Ongoing

Activity 5

Develop 2-stage anaerobic digestion of potato-processing waste (mostly peels) to produce a substitute for peat moss, an imported non-renewable matrix for potting and garden soils. FY 2013 Research expenditures to total approximately $73,00

Ongoing

Activity 6

Develop biodegradable biopolymers from polylactic acid and sugar beet pulp, a waste product from sugar beet processing. FY 2013 Research expenditures to total approximately $169,000

Ongoing