Agribusiness & Food

Innovative dryer converts vegetable offcuts to powder

The Victorian Government has provided a $500,000 grant to install a drying unit that helps transforms vegetable offcuts into nutrient vegetable powders.

Fresh Select, a business in Werribee South, aims to use the dryer to create new revenue streams, save costs, and minimise food waste on farms, while creating nutritious new products.

The facility has the capacity to transform almost 8000 tonnes of surplus vegetables and vegetable offcuts every year into new food products and will create 11 new jobs.

The powders – on shelves soon under the label Nutri V – can be added to smoothies, sauces, soups and used in muffins, cakes, breads, and other baked goods to boost vegetable intake.

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The dryer is the first of its kind in Victoria, and can be expanded to other vegetable producers across the state.

The grant was part of the State Government’s Circular Economy Business Support Fund, investing $4.34 million into projects that help to avoid waste, use materials more efficiently and create new jobs in Victoria.

“2.4 million tonnes of food products currently end up as waste in Victoria every year, innovations like this drive us towards our goal of halving our food waste by 2030,” Environment and Climate Action Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said.

“This home-grown, Victorian innovation will help develop zero waste farming in our state, creating new jobs and revenue streams as we divert 80 per cent of waste from landfill and halve emissions by 2030.”

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