The processing facility will transform 7,900 tonnes of surplus vegetables and by-products into new foods, including nutrient powders and snacks.
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Establishing a food processing hub in the South Werribee growing district, this Victorian-first facility will upcycle surplus vegetables and by-products into value-added foods and ingredients. This will help local growers achieve 100% crop utilisation, while minimising food waste on farms, pack-houses and in food manufacturing.
This project will be implemented by Fresh Select and Nutri V to establish a new processing plant with the capacity to transform 7,900 tonnes of surplus vegetables and vegetable offcuts into new foods, including nutrient powders and snacks.
The establishment of this project will enable Fresh Select, Nutri V and other farmers in the Werribee South growing district to increase crop yields, reduce food waste and associated disposal costs, and generate new revenue streams. When operating at full capacity, the infrastructure will provide more than 60 million additional serves of vegetables, recovered from waste, for business to business and business to consumer sales.
Victorian Government funding will specifically be used to purchase, install and commission one part of the processing plant, specifically a drying unit with a capacity to process vegetables into nutrient powders.
The successful implementation of this project will create a foundation for Fresh Select and Nutri V to undertake additional activities to increase the scope and scale of their food upcycling facility. These additional activities may include the creation of nutraceutical products including supplement capsules.
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