Considering Manufacturing In-House? Waste Can Be A Resource That Improves Your Food Business’ Bottom Line


In Edible-Alpha® Podcast Episode #13, Tera talks with Travis Blomberg of WasteCap Resource Solutions about the consulting, software and other services they provide to their members and the business community to reduce, manage and capitalize on their various waste streams. WasteCap consultants encourage businesses to think of those streams as resources rather than purely waste. As Travis says, “it’s not waste until it’s wasted.”

When building out a food processing facility, following recognized standards like LEED and Zero Waste Facility Certification can improve food businesses’ bottom lines while helping them meet existing standards for building design, construction and operations. LEED and Zero Waste Facility Certification also give them a framework to exceed standards where it makes business sense. For example, when Tera built a whey protein processing plant for teraswhey®, capturing waste heat from the boiler to preheat the drier made both environmental and business sense because it saved money and because those practices resonated with teraswhey®’s target consumer.

WasteCap has recently been involved in helping food manufacturing facilities reduce food waste and connecting interested businesses with existing resources in addition to WasteCap. For example, WasteCap has a contract with the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee to audit their various waste streams and create a management framework to implement solutions to improve those streams.

Tera is a featured speaker at WasteCap’s 5th annual Food Waste Forum in Milwaukee, WI on Thursday, July 27 2017 from 5:30PM – 8:00 PM. Tera and the other speakers will be speaking to each of the levels of the EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy.