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Propose a new product from upcycled food or ingredients
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22 months ago

The term "upcycling" refers to the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products perceived to be of greater quality. An example of upcycling could be taking the old and bruised bananas from a grocery store and using them to make a delicious banana-based energy bar instead of just throwing the old bananas away.

We are looking to build a pipeline of new products that use upcycled ingredients and can be sold in any department of the grocery store. Specifically, we want you to think about ways food manufacturers could use upcycled ingredients to make new products which could be sold in the grocery store as either packaged or fresh items. Using surplus food ingredients to create upcycled products is a great way to reduce food waste, and it gives the consumers the chance to contribute to this goal by purchasing upcycled products!


Please complete the following:

1) Identify a food or ingredient that has waste or by-product created because of how it's currently manufactured:

  • What is your food or ingredient of choice?
  • Explain how this food/ingredient currently produces waste because of how it's manufactured

2) Propose a new upcycled product that would use the waste from your selected food/ingredient to make something new

  • Where in the grocery store would you sell your new upcycled product idea?

NOTE: We recommend doing some research on what food items are being wasted in the manufacturing process before submitting your product idea!

    Submissions will be graded on the following criteria:
  • 1-10 Scale
Reward Tiers
Top 10%
will share $1,000
Next 15%
will share $400
Next 25%
will share $200
Actual individual rewards will be based on the total number of eligible solutions.
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