OTTAWA, ON, June 16, 2022 /CNW/ – The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibo, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, today announced the 12 finalists for the Business Model Streams for the Food Waste Reduction Challenge. Minister Bibo met the finalists virtually and learned about their innovative solutions to reduce food waste.

Call started at November 2020aims to provide highly efficient solutions for food waste in Canada. However, more than half (58%) Canada With the annual supply of food being wasted or lost, it is essential to tackle food waste to build a more sustainable future. The business model streams focus on business model solutions that can prevent or redirect food waste at any point from farm to plate.

with the government Canada investment in this initiative under the Food Policy Canada343 applications from innovators from all over the world were submitted for the first stage of the competition. Canada and all over the world. The 12 finalists are Canadian commercial and non-profit organizations whose applications cover a wide range of areas including manufacturing, inventory management, food recovery and recycling.

Each finalist will receive $400,000 and proceed to the final stage of the Challenge. Over the next 12 months, the finalists will accelerate and scale the commercialization of their solution. Finalists compete for the right to win one of the two main prizes before $1.5 million.

The challenge to reduce food waste is part of the first ever food policy for Canadawhich serves as a roadmap for a healthier and more sustainable food system in Canada. It is a vision that all people should have access to the healthy food they need in a dignified manner. By encouraging more food waste solutions in Canadian society, we can increase food availability, save consumers and businesses money and strengthen our food systems, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


“Through this stream of the Food Waste Reduction Challenge, we would like to accelerate the development of new business models that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the cost of food. Thanks to the participants for their innovation and congratulations to the 12 finalists who move on to the next stage of the challenge.”
– The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibo, Minister of Agriculture and Food

Quick Facts

  • Applications for the Food Waste Reduction Challenge business model streams were evaluated against established criteria, including potential food waste reduction, level of innovation and scalability, and environmental, social and economic benefits.

  • An External Review Committeecomposed of experts in various fields, plays an important role in reviewing decisions and recommending winners at each stage of the competition.

  • As part of the new technology streams of the Food Waste Reduction Challenge, 18 semi-finalists were selected. in January 2022. Each semi-finalist of the second Challenge group received $100,000 and moved on to participate in the Challenge prototype development phase.

  • For a list of Business Model Stream Finalists, see the background information or visit the website Website of the Food Waste Reduction Competition.

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Finalists for the Reducing Food Waste in Business Model Streams Competition

$20 million The Food Waste Reduction Competition was launched in November 2020 accelerate and promote diversified and highly efficient food waste solutions in Canada. Business Model Streams support commercially-ready food waste management solutions that provide an innovative way of doing business (i.e. a new business model) to prevent or redirect food waste in any or more segments of the food supply chain.

Here are the 12 finalists selected from the Business Model Streams:



Solution Description


Hamilton, Ontario

Abokichi is a food brand that uses Japan’s centuries of experience to process okara into innovative and delicious products. Okara, the nutritious pulp (50% fiber and 25% protein) left over from tofu/soy milk production, is a staple in Asian cuisine but has yet to find a market in Canada. More than 7,000 tons of waste is thrown away in Canada every year.

blanc de gris

Montreal, Quebec

Blanc de Gris has developed a commercial mushroom growing process that converts brewer’s spent grains into a substrate used to grow elite gourmet mushrooms. The company is currently developing a mushroom farm that is connected to a microbrewery so that spent brewing grain can be reused on site, eliminating the need to transport it to landfills or other recycling sites.

Circular Innovation Council

Orangeville, Ontario

The Circular Innovation Council offers the institutional, commercial and industrial (IC&I) sector – Canada’s largest producer of food waste – the ability to recycle edible products and cost-effectively redirect food waste that would otherwise be lost for recycling through a co-purchasing financial model that can be replicated and scaled up by communities across the country.

Food Cycle Science Corporation

Ottawa, Ontario

Food Cycle Science is partnering with small, rural, northern and indigenous communities to recycle residential food waste using their proprietary FoodCycler technology. The FoodCycler turns food waste into nutrient-rich soil in hours, keeping food waste out of landfills and reducing methane emissions caused by landfill organics.

LOOP Mission / LOOP Mission

Montreal, Quebec

LOOP Synergies is a LOOP Mission-supported initiative that aims to facilitate and exponentially expand the use of processed ingredients in food production. LOOP creates fruit and vegetable-based products (e.g. juices, purees and powders) that any food manufacturer can easily use as ingredients in their production process, providing a cost-effective and easy-to-use solution to waste management problems. food or by-products.

Outcast food

Dartmouth, New Carolina

Outcast Foods receives fresh “waste” and surplus produce from retailers, farmers and agri-food businesses and processes it into whole plant powders and dehydrated foods. The company also develops solutions to solve the complex problems associated with finding, transporting and cleaning food waste.


Mississauga, Ontario

Savormetrics offers artificial intelligence (AI)-based sensor devices that not only detect but also predict defects, contamination and shelf life, enabling smarter growing, stock movement and processing. The devices enable food businesses to reduce food waste and save significant amounts of money.

Still Good / Toujours Bon

Montreal, Quebec

Still Good recycles brewer’s grains, a nutrient-rich waste from the brewing industry that is high in fiber and protein. In the process of innovating processed food products, the company is also developing advanced processing technologies for barley malting grains.

Station Food Company

Newport Station, New Carolina

Station Food buys food that would otherwise be considered waste from local farms, offering a fair market value. The company processes these products to create value-added products such as mashed potatoes and sells them to institutional buyers.

top grade Ag

Calgary, AB

Top Grade Ag introduces affordable on-farm grain drying so that pre-harvest can be applied on every farm. The Top Grade Ag bin toolkit and web app provides a real-time control panel for drying and monitoring the hard grain in the bin. This approach not only reduces the losses associated with the drying of crops over large areas, but also saves farmers money.


Montreal, Quebec

TriCycle uses a circular economy approach to breed highly nutritious edible insects (for human and animal consumption) by feeding them food waste. Insect flour is converted into organic fertilizer.

Bright Machines Inc.

Toronto, Ontario

Vivid Machines helps gardeners “see the invisible” by providing them with a real-time sensor and computer vision system so they can see every plant in detail throughout the season. By providing information to enable early intervention, Vivid helps growers better manage their crops to prevent quality issues and reduce food waste.

SOURCE Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada



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