Converting pea pollard into new food innovations and establishing a process to upcycle surplus food products
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Converting pea pollard into new food innovations and establishing a process to upcycle surplus food products (that are traditionally diverted as animal feed).
There is a large supply of pea pollard and edible food manufacturing waste in Australia.
This project established a process to upcycle the food waste products into value added products suitable for human consumption.
It increased the value of pea pollard, a waste by-product from the processing of pea and lentils, by developing product concepts and transforming it into new products – such as pea flour – for human consumption. GrainOut has access to 350,000kg of pea pollard per year for this project.
The project also established a process for transforming manufacturing food waste into new products.
GrainOut drew upon the skills and expertise of Monash Food Innovation (MFI) at Monash University. MFI's New Frontiers program provided detailed analysis on the Australian market and consumer insights to inform GrainOut on current trends and data. This process generated a pipeline of new product ideas relating to GrainOut’s business challenge. The new product ideas were then tested against consumer insights to produce final product concept designs of a new plant-based food product (complete with packaging and label designs).
By upcycling and repurposing food waste, this project benefits Victorian food manufacturers by providing solutions on how to channel their food waste to food for human consumption. This facilitates food manufacturers to increase the value of their food waste (by-products and ingredients).
In this video, pea flour – made from pea pollard – is processed by a method called ‘stoneground flour milling’ which retains antioxidants, B vitamins, proteins, minerals and healthy fats that are lost in commercial flour milling.
Make new products from food waste (e.g. plant-based textiles, vitamin supplements, ingredients and meals).
George Gekas, CEO Badalya and industry leader in Product Development solutions, presenting to teams at the New Frontiers Program on how to commercialise pea pollard into new food innovations.
Seamus O’Sullivan (COO GrainOut), Ben Hargreaves (Senior Project Officer, Monash Food Innovation) and student team members at the New Frontiers program at Monash Food Innovation.
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