Upcyclers formed the Upcycled Food Association to develop a formal definition of upcycling and advocate for policies that will inform consumers and accelerate marketplace acceptance of finished products and ingredients.
“Our first directive as an organization is to formally define what it means to be upcycled,” says Caroline Cotto, president of the association. “We are working with a number of government agencies, ReFED and some researchers from Drexel University on the term upcycled, food waste and what it means to consumers."
The group also will advocate to streamline the process of classifying upcycled ingredients for use in foods.
The group is based in Denver and led by Turner Wyatt, chief executive officer. Other founding members include Barnana, FoodMaven, Imperfect Foods, Renewal Mill, ReGrained and more.