Food Waste Reduction Challenge Finalists for the Novel Technologies Streams


January 16, 2023 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The $20-million Food Waste Reduction Challenge was launched in November 2020 to 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 six finalists selected under the Novel Technologies Streams:

Recipient Primary Location Solution Description
ALT TEX Inc. Kitchener, 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. Trois Rivières, Quebec Aruna’s sustainable compostable menstrual pads and tampons are developed from processed agricultural waste (vegetable and fruit fibres) in a circular bioeconomy model.
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.
Genecis Bioindustries Inc. Scarborough, Ontario Genecis engineers use specialized bacteria to transform food waste into compostable bioplastics.

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