"Currently, the brewer's spent grain is just the tip of the iceberg, actually. And I'm interested in working with people who not only want to put it back into the food system but are also interested in converting it into other things like packaging or shoes or handbags or clothes or whatever it is... I think the possibilities are endless and it doesn't necessarily need to stop there."
– Dr. Lara Ramdin, Chief Innovation and Science Officer, Upcycled Foods Inc.
This week's VentureFuel Visionary is Upcycled Foods Inc.'s Chief Innovation and Science Officer Dr. Lara Ramdin. Upcycled Foods leverages their product development expertise, cutting-edge technology, and a growing portfolio of ingredient solutions to close the loop on some of the food system's most overlooked and undervalued supply chains.
Dr. Lara shares the sobering statistics that currently, 10% of America's population is facing hunger, while a staggering 37% of food produced is waste. This waste equates to 140 billion meals of food, highlighting the urgent need for innovative solutions to simultaneously address both food insecurity and food waste. She also emphasizes the importance of shifting from mere renovation to disruptive innovation and radical collaboration.
Catch our conversation to learn more about the innovative work of Upcycled Foods Inc. as we dive deeper into the principles that underpin their mission to revolutionize the food industry.
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