Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Food Waste Reduction Challenge: Novel Technologies

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Semi-finalists

ALT TEX Inc.

Brampton, Ontario

Through its novel biomaterial fermentation technology, ALT TEX is creating biodegradable and carbon neutral textiles, re-engineered from food waste, with the aim of replacing polyester.

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Aruna Revolution Health Inc.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Aruna’s sustainable compostable menstrual pads and tampons are developed from processed agricultural waste (vegetable and fruit fibres) in a circular bioeconomy model.

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Biopolynet Inc.

Fredericton, New Brunswick

This project’s innovative BioNanoCoil technology utilizes fish processing waste to produce lobster and crab bait.

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Carbon Lock Technologies Inc.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

This solution converts food waste into a stable form of biocarbon that sequesters atmospheric CO2, prevents future landfill methane emissions, and supports sustainable agriculture.

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Chinova Bioworks Inc.

Fredericton, New Brunswick

Using the power of mushrooms, Chinova’s clean-label solution improves the quality, freshness and shelf-life of food and beverage products which promotes the reduction of food waste from farm to fork.

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Clean Works Inc.

St. Catharines, Ontario

Using a combination of hydrogen peroxide, ozone and UV, this solution will be able to control mildew and micro-organism growth in pre-harvest (greenhouses, field crops, grapevines) fruit and vegetables.

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Climacteric Control Solutions, Inc.

Edmonton, Alberta

A novel series of ethylene-selective catalysts have been developed that can continuously remove trace amounts ethylene from refrigerated, humid air.

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CLIMICALS

Montréal, Quebec

Local and circular valorization of sugars contained in food waste by converting them into key molecules of green chemistry to produce various biosourced plastics, among other things.

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Dispersa Inc.

Laval, Quebec

By leveraging a waste-to-value production process, this solution harnesses the power of microbes to deliver natural and affordable biosurfactants derived from agro-alimentary waste.

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Genecis Bioindustries Inc.

Scarborough, Ontario

Genecis engineers specialized bacteria to transform food waste into compostable bioplastics.

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Université Laval

Québec, Quebec

A breakthrough invention to transform the entire by-products of dairy industries into innovative and high value-added food products by combining nutritious, natural ingredients and green technologies.

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Membertou Development Corporation

Membertou, Nova Scotia

This project proposes to build capacity of Nova Scotia’s grey seal industry by expanding a pilot harvest, exploring full utilization of harvested biomass, processing facilities and market opportunity.

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Peak Harvest Agritech Ltd.

Toronto, Ontario

FreshXtend is a patented liquid formulation that is applied to crops by growers, and is proven to naturally slow the ripening process of fruits and vegetables.

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Terra Bioplastics Inc.

Elmira, Ontario

Protina is a grain protein derived from Brewers Spent Grain that can have an outsize contribution to human nutrition.

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University of Calgary

Calgary, Alberta

The project's technology converts food waste into an advanced energy saving material that can trap the heat escaping a home or building and release it when needed, generating savings in heating and cooling.

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University of Lethbridge

Lethbridge, Alberta

This project evaluates the utility of commercially available silage inoculants in ensiling and extending the shelf-life of retail food waste and food processing byproducts for animal feed.

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WaterPuris Inc.

Cambridge, Ontario

This solution is an efficient aeration system that produces nano-sized gas bubbles that remain stable and help prevent food waste throughout the food supply chain.

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Winecrush Technology Inc.

Summerland, British Columbia

Winecrush is developing a patent-pending biomechanical process to upcycle food waste from winemaking and other agriculture side streams into healthy, high performance food ingredients.

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Challenge details: Streams C and D

Who can apply

  • Businesses and social enterprises of any size
  • Not-for-profit and charitable organizations
  • Indigenous organizations and groups
  • Post-secondary/academic institutions
  • Individuals or group of individuals

International applicants with a Canadian partner or an ability to register to do business in Canada are encouraged to apply.

Key dates

  • August 31, 2021
    Stage 1 - Concept application deadline
  • Late Fall / Winter 2021
    Up to 18 semi-finalists announced
  • Fall 2022
    Stage 2 - Up to 6 finalists announced
  • Spring 2024
    Stage 3 - 2 Grand Prize Winners announced

Prizes

  • $100,000
    Up to 18 semi-finalists will be selected in Stage 1 and will receive approximately $100,000.
  • $450,000
    Semi-finalists will move into Stage 2 and compete for a chance to be a finalists and receive approximately $450,000.
  • $1,000,000
    Finalists will compete in Stage 3 to win one of two Grand Prizes of up to $1,000,000.