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Tate and Lyle

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Tackling Global Food Waste

Since 1989, Bangor University’s Biocomposites Centre has been turning plants into products, working with large multi-national companies to develop bio-based technologies that minimise impact on the environment.  

Its latest mission has been to save millions of tons of waste from food production. 

Research undertaken means residues from crops grown in the EU, including rapeseed, tomatoes and olives, much of which currently ends up in landfill or left to rot in the fields, can be used as a plant-based alternative to animal protein.   

Collaborating in a £3.95m research project with Tate & Lyle, and other food giants across Europe now means this waste can be used as plant-based alternatives to animal protein, which has historically been used to thicken and add texture to food products.     

Through the work we have undertaken with Bangor University and the Pro-Enrich project partners, we’re supporting the achievement of making our Mold plant a zero-waste-to-landfill site, in line with our purpose of ‘Improving Lives for Generations’ by caring for our planet.

Will Balantyne,  Category Technical Manager, Tate & Lyle

The BioComposites Centre’s collaboration with Tate & Lyle is hugely important in enabling ground-breaking, globally important research to help find solutions to the bigger societal challenges, including sustainable food production

Adam Charlton,  Senior Research Fellow, BioComposites Centre, Bangor University

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