Thank you for your investment in a future where there is no waste.
We've partnered with the Vancouver Economic Commission and Emily Carr University of Art + Design to create the Circular Food Innovation Lab to test solutions to eliminate avoidable food waste across Vancouver’s food supply chain.
There is no fee for businesses to participate in the project. Advice, services, and tools provided as part of the Circular Food Innovation Lab are free of charge.
Information icon The project kicks-off with the first large group session on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, from noon to 4:30pm.
What's happeningRecruitment open for food businesses and organizations to join the Circular Food Innovation Lab
This is an opportunity to reduce costs and wasted food, risk-proof your business, and inform future policies to prevent wasted food in Vancouver’s supply chain.
Food producers, distributors, processors, restaurants, cafés, grocers, and other food businesses are invited to participate. There is no fee to participate.
Upon completion of this project, a final report and a downloadable toolkit will be released for broad use by food businesses.
Why reduce food waste?
A Canadian report released in 2019 estimated that 8.79 million tonnes of avoidable, unplanned food waste resulted in a loss of $39 billion dollars to the food industry.
In Vancouver, 25,000 tonnes of edible food was discarded by businesses in 2019, representing a loss of 37,000 meals.
The World Resources Institute also found that for every $1 invested in preventing and reducing wasted food, businesses saved $14.
External funding approved for Food Waste Innovation Lab project
Mar - Apr 2022
Businesses invited to participate
Selection of initial participants
Intake is ongoing until spaces are filled
May - June 2022
Project underway with selected participants
Observation and learning
Design team visits to business sites
We are here
July - Aug 2022
Development and experimentation
Initial prototype solutions
Gathering of learnings and sharing with all participants
Sept 2022 - Oct 2023
Deeper development of promising prototype solutions
Feb - May 2023
Public report on learnings and next steps
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