Food Industry Wastes

Assessment and Recuperation of Commodities

Edited by

  • Maria Kosseva, Expert on the European Commission LIFE Sciences Panel
  • Colin Webb, University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K.

Food Industry Wastes: Assessment and Recuperation of Commodities presents emerging techniques and opportunities for the treatment of food wastes, the reduction of water footprint, and creating sustainable food systems. Written by a team of experts from around the world, this book provides a guide for implementing bioprocessing techniques. It also helps researchers develop new options for the recuperation of these wastes for community benefit.

More than 34 million tons of food waste was generated in the United States in 2009, at a cost of approximately $43 billion. And while less than three percent of that waste was recovered and recycled, there is growing interest and development in recovering and recycling food waste. These processes have the potential not only to reduce greenhouse gases, but to provide energy and resources for other purposes.

This book examines these topics in detail, starting with sources, characterization and composition of food wastes, and development of green production strategies. The book then turns to treatment techniques such as solid-state fermentation and anaerobic digestion of solid food waste for biogas and fertilizer. A deep section on innovative biocatalysts and bioreactors follows, encompassing hydrogen generation and thermophilic aerobic bioprocessing technologies. Rounding out the volume are extensive sections on water footprints, including electricity generation from microbial fuel cells (MFCs), and life cycle assessments.

View full description


Professionals, researchers, advanced students in food engineering and environmental science.


Book information

  • Published: February 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-391921-2


"The text is a concise presentation of the important aspects related to food waste and has the main purpose to emphasize the trends which cover techniques discard management food and their technologies process."--Industrie Alimentari (Food Industry), September 2013  (in Italian)
"…chemical and environmental engineers examine problems and opportunities in food industry wastes, the treatment of solid food wastes, improved biocatalysts and innovative bioreactors for the enhanced bioprocessing of liquid food wastes, assessing water and carbon footprints and the rehabilitation of food industry waste water, and assessing the environmental impact of food production and consumption."--Reference and Research Book News, August 2013

Table of Contents

I. Introduction. Causes and Challenges of Food Wastage

II. Food Industry Wastes: Problems and Opportunities

Chapter 1. Recent European legislation for management of wastes in the food industry

Chapter 2. Sources, characterization and composition of the food wastes

Chapter 3. Development of green production strategies

III. Treatment of Solid Food Wastes

Chapter 4. Use of waste bread to produce fermentation products

Chapter 5. Recovery of commodities from food waste using Solid-State Fermentation

Chapter 6. Functional food and nutraceuticals derived from food industry wastes (FIW)

Chapter 7. Manufacture of biogas and fertiliser from solid food wastes by means of anaerobic digestion

IV. Improved Biocatalysts and Innovative Bioreactors for Enhanced Bioprocessing of Liquid Food Wastes

Chapter 8. Use of immobilized biocatalyst for valorization of whey lactose

Chapter 9. Hydrogen generation from food industry and biodiesel wastes

Chapter 10. Thermophilic aerobic bioprocessing technologies for FIW and wastewater

Chapter 11. Modelling, monitoring and process control for intelligent bioprocessing of FIW and wastewater

V. Impact Assessment of Water Footprint and Rehabilitation of Food Industry Wastewater

Chapter 12. Water Footprint and food processing industry: accounting the impact of food waste from the perspective of use of water resources

Chapter 13. Electrical energy from wineries - A new approach using microbial fuel cells (MFCs)

Chapter 14. Electricity generation from food industry wastewater using the MFC technology

VI. Assessment of Environmental Impact of Food Production and Consumption

Chapter 15. Life Cycle Assessment with the focus on FIW

Chapter 16. Food system sustainability and the consumer

VII. Concluding Remarks and Future Prospects