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    Innovation

    A number of the Roadmap solutions are expected to benefit from incremental innovation that naturally improves performance and decreases costs over time. While wide-scale innovation is not needed to achieve a 20% reduction, innovation is a key aspect to the optimal performance of any system.

    THERE ARE FIVE PRIORITY CATEGORIES OF TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION THAT CAN DRIVE THE GREATEST IMPACT ON FOOD WASTE REDUCTION:

    • Packaging and labeling
    • IT-enabled transportation and storage
    • Logistics software
    • Value-added compost products
    • Distributed recycling solutions

    Incremental innovation will lower the cost and improve the performance of many Roadmap solutions. Advancements in materials will drive innovation around packaging, while new mobile apps will improve the effectiveness of Consumer Awareness Campaigns and Donation Matching Software. Numerous plant-level innovations around Centralized Composting and AD will drive down processing costs and improve the quality of outputs.

    Over a third of Roadmap solutions have the potential for disruptive innovations that can further expand their potential beyond the projections in this report. The food technology innovation sector is growing rapidly, with new food incubators and investment funds emerging each month. By focusing this entrepreneurial energy to solve the biggest barriers inhibiting food waste reductions, top priority innovations can be accelerated into the market.

    BIG INNOVATION OPPORTUNITY

    Build a network of food waste innovation incubators across the U.S. with dedicated funding, mentorship, and facilities to achieve technology and business model breakthroughs across five priority innovation areas.


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