The fellowship’s purpose is to research issues related to upcycled foods.
Ingredient supplier Kerry (Denver, CO) announced it is sponsoring a second research fellowship started by the Upcycled Food Foundation (UFF). UFF is a nonprofit subsidiary of the Upcycled Food Association, which provides Upcycled Certified certification to upcycled products and ingredients.
This is the second research fellowship UFF has initiated and is called “The Kerry Upcycled Food Foundation Fellowship.” Its purpose is to research issues related to upcycled foods.
In a press release, Angie Crone, CEO of the Upcycled Foods Association, said, “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.”
The press release states that “In 2022, eight fellows were selected to conduct research that reflects a research question of interest to the upcycled-food community. Studies selected this year include wide-ranging topics including consumer awareness and perception of upcycled products, novel ingredient development, and impact measurements. Findings will be shared with the Upcycled Food Association’s membership and at exclusive events throughout the year.”
The companies add that since the Upcycled Food Association launched in 2019, it has gained more than 261 members and certified 318 products and ingredients. It estimates that the certified products and ingredients “collectively diverted nearly 1 billion pounds of food waste in 2022” and that “grocery store data provider SPINS reported that sales of Upcycled Certified products grew by more than 21% between 2021 and 2022.”