In this webinar, Beate Lloyd, President of AgriFiber, and Turner Wyatt, CEO of Upcycled Food Association, set the stage by discussing upcycling agricultural residues as an important contribution to reducing food waste, meeting the growing needs of consumers, and lowering food production's impact on the environment.
Panelists Stuart Phillips, Ph.D., FACSM, Professor of Kinesiology at McMaster University and Edward Deehan, Ph.D., R.D., Senior R&D and SRA Scientist at AgriFiber, discuss the latest findings and significance of utilizing upcycled protein and fiber ingredients in today’s food and beverage industry.
Protein and fiber created from upcycled agricultural residues work in tandem to provide numerous functional and health benefits with a reduced impact on the environment. With the onset of modern technology, food and nutrition innovation, and market readiness, the quality of these ingredients is enhanced. This helps consumers to more easily reach recommended levels of protein and fiber while making products with these ingredients more marketable.
Turner Wyatt, CEO of Upcycled Food Association, kicks off the webinar by declaring the value of utilizing upcycled ingredients:
In his segment, Dr. Phillips discusses the need for higher quality proteins in food products, which can be achieved successfully through upcycled ingredients:
Dr. Deehan’s segment covers the importance of plant fiber structures that can be preserved using novel technological extraction and purification methods, yielding upcycled isolated dietary fiber. This fiber is crucial for whole body health and have proven functional benefits in food production:
Professor and Canada Research Chair – Dept. of Kinesiology, McMaster University
Dr. Phillips is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and a member of the School of Medicine at McMaster University. He is Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Skeletal Muscle Health, as well as a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
Senior R&D and SRA Scientist, AgriFiber
Dr. Deehan leads our late-stage R&D, Nutrition and Regulatory compliance programs. He brings expertise in fiber-centric product development plus a deep understanding of the gut microbiome and insights to how nutrition can be leveraged to enhance health and wellness.