Kerry has announced its sponsorship of the Kerry Upcycled Food Foundation Fellowship, in partnership with the Upcycled Food Foundation (UFF).
This is the second research fellowship initiated by the Upcycled Food Foundation (UFF), which focuses on advancing the upcycling industry and educating consumers on its environmental and social benefits. The UFF is a non-profit subsidiary of the Upcycled Food Association, which aims to prevent food loss and waste across the entire supply chain.
Upcycled foods use ingredients that otherwise would not have gone to human consumption, are procured and produced using verifiable supply chains and have a positive impact on the environment.
This research fellowship is meant to advance the understanding of the environmental impact, consumer perception, technical opportunities and overall market potential of upcycled food.
"At Kerry, we are committed to creating a world of sustainable nutrition," said Oliver Kelly, chief executive officer of Kerry North America. "Our new partnership with the Upcycled Food Foundation and our sponsorship of The Kerry Upcycled Food Foundation Fellowship is just one way we are investing in the next generation of sustainable food solutions."
"Kerry’s sponsorship of this fellowship has enabled more fellows to enter the program, which will provide invaluable insights that can be applied to industry practices and consumer messaging, and thus allow us to reduce food waste through upcycled food," said Angie Crone, chief executive officer of the Upcycled Food Association.
In 2022, eight fellows were chosen to conduct research based on a research question of scientific interest to the upcycled food community. Studies chosen this year so far include consumer awareness and perception of upcycled products, novel ingredient development, and impact measurement. Findings will be shared with the Upcycled Food Association’s membership and at exclusive events throughout the year.
Kerry Group and UFF are working to help preserve the environment by introducing food solutions that leverage science, imagination and innovation. Kerry currently reaches 1.1 billion consumers daily with sustainable nutrition solutions and is projected to grow to 2 billion daily by 2030.