Food Waste Reduction Challenge semi-finalists for the Novel Technologies Streams


January 20, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The $20-million Food Waste Reduction Challenge was launched in November 2020 to accelerate and advance diverse and high-impact solutions to food waste in Canada. The Novel Technologies Streams focus on technological solutions to food waste to extend the life of perishable food, transform food waste and accelerate their advancement in the Canadian market.

Here are the 18 semi-finalists selected under the Novel Technologies Streams:

Recipient Location Solution Description
ALT TEX Inc. Brampton, Ontario Through its novel biomaterial fermentation technology, ALT TEX is creating biodegradable and carbon neutral textiles, re-engineered from food waste, with the aim of replacing polyester.
Aruna Revolution Health Inc. Vancouver, British Columbia Aruna’s sustainable compostable menstrual pads and tampons are developed from processed agricultural waste (vegetable and fruit fibres) in a circular bioeconomy model.
Biopolynet Inc. Fredericton, New Brunswick This project’s innovative BioNanoCoil technology utilizes fish processing waste to produce lobster and crab bait.
Carbon Lock Technologies Inc. Winnipeg, Manitoba This solution converts food waste into a stable form of biocarbon that sequesters atmospheric CO2, prevents future landfill methane emissions, and supports sustainable agriculture.
Chinova Bioworks Inc. Fredericton, New Brunswick Using the power of mushrooms, Chinova’s clean-label solution improves the quality, freshness and shelf-life of food and beverage products which promotes the reduction of food waste from farm to fork.
Clean Works Inc. St. Catharines, Ontario Using a combination of hydrogen peroxide, ozone and UV, this solution will be able to control mildew and micro-organism growth in pre-harvest (greenhouses, field crops, grapevines) fruit and vegetables.
Climacteric Control Solutions, Inc. Edmonton, Alberta A novel series of ethylene-selective catalysts have been developed that can continuously remove trace amounts ethylene from refrigerated, humid air.
CLIMICALS Montreal, Quebec Local and circular valorization of sugars contained in food waste by converting them into key molecules of green chemistry to produce various biosourced plastics, among other things.
Dispersa Inc. Laval, Quebec By leveraging a waste-to-value production process, this solution harnesses the power of microbes to deliver natural and affordable biosurfactants derived from agro-alimentary waste.
Genecis Bioindustries Inc. Scarborough, Ontario Genecis engineers specialized bacteria to transform food waste into compostable bioplastics.
Laval University Quebec, Quebec A breakthrough invention to transform the entire by-products of dairy industries into innovative and high value-added food products by combining nutritious, natural ingredients and green technologies.
Membertou Development Corporation Membertou, Nova Scotia This project proposes to build capacity of Nova Scotia’s grey seal industry by expanding a pilot harvest, exploring full utilization of harvested biomass, processing facilities and market opportunity.
Peak Harvest Agritech Ltd. Toronto, Ontario FreshXtend is a patented liquid formulation that is applied to crops by growers, and is proven to naturally slow the ripening process of fruits and vegetables.
Terra Bioplastics Inc. Elmira, Ontario Protina is a grain protein derived from Brewers Spent Grain that can have an outsize contribution to human nutrition.
University of Calgary Calgary, Alberta The project's technology converts food waste into an advanced energy saving material that can trap the heat escaping a home or building and release it when needed, generating savings in heating and cooling.
University of Lethbridge Lethbridge, Alberta This project evaluates the utility of commercially available silage inoculants in ensiling and extending the shelf-life of retail food waste and food processing by-products for animal feed.
WaterPuris Inc. Cambridge, Ontario This solution is an efficient aeration system that produces nano-sized gas bubbles that remain stable and help prevent food waste throughout the food supply chain.
Winecrush Technology Inc. Summerland, British Columbia Winecrush is developing a patent-pending biomechanical process to upcycle food waste from winemaking and other agriculture side streams into healthy, high performance food ingredients.

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