The Upcycled Food Association takes Sustainability to the Next Level

The Upcycled Food Association takes Sustainability to the Next Level

Riding the wave of sustainability has never been more on trend in the food industry. As a new wave of innovators make their way to the front-lines in the battle against food-waste, they aren’t just creating new food trends, but new food terminology. By using byproducts of what would normally be waste to create new food products, the word “upcycled” has become a new searchable term on google, and a food company or two (ok, several) have decided to make an entire association out of it. Enter the Upcycled Food Association.

The Upcycled Food Association: Bringing together like-minded businesses in the food industry to wage war on food waste.

This group of food companies not only want you to be buying upcycled ingredients to use when creating your products, they want you to join them in their effort of decreasing the amount of food waste that’s harming our environment and warming our globe.

Just a few of the food companies that are turning the tide on food waste include:

  • Regrained
  • Imperfect Foods
  • Drexel University Center for Food & Hospitality Management
  • Renewal Mill 
  • Food Maven
  • Barnana
  • Philabundance

According the the Specialty Food Association’s Trendspotter panel, upcycled foods will be one of the top trends the rise in 2020. Gen Z and Millennial consumers are conscious of their carbon footprint and feel a personal responsibility to improve the state of the environment.

Considerate and Conscious Food Manufacturing

Creating new CPG products goes next level when you factor in food waste that is actually safe for human consumption. It sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s true. Everything from condiments to full blow nutrition bars can be created by using discarded scraps of other food products.


These functional nutrition bars, ReGrained’s flagship product, have not only proven the viability of the product, but has opened doors for collaboration with other CPG companies.

Regrained, for example, create nutrition bars from brewer’s spent grain, which is leftover from the beer brewing process. Actually, a few companies have found this supergrain advantageous — allowing their food products to be both sustainable and delicious. Rise Products, for example is using spent grain from pilsner’s and IPA’s while turning it into a high protein, nutritious super flour.

If you own or plan to own a food company in the United States anytime soon, remember, nutrition transparency is the aim and sustainability is the name of the game. The Specialty Food Association and the Upcycled Food Association certainly think so.

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