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Going gourmet to go green: Supermarket’s food waste game-changer

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Supermarket chain Harris Farm Markets are “upcycling” less-fresh fruit, veg and produce into gourmet meals for customers.

Harris Farm Markets co-owner Angus Harris told Deborah Knight the company has expanded on the old principle of turning old veggies into soup.

Day-old loaves are transformed into garlic bread or breadcrumbs, while vegetables are cooked into pizzas.

“Once the product gets into our store, how do we repurpose things that might’ve just gone a day longer than they should in retail?

“How do we give them a new life?

“Rather than the next morning selling them as seconds – or even worse, throwing them out – we’re trying to put them up the value chain.”

Co-owner of Eco Bananas Dianne Sciacca provides bananas to Harris Farm for smoothies.

“It’s an amazing initiative, because the pressure of food waste on agriculture is enormous,” she told Deborah.

“COVID has been a game-changer here, and people are now questioning a lot about how we live … and how we access our food.

“Everyone’s saying that there’s been this 30 per cent swing towards a change in sustainable purchase.”

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Image: Harris Farm Markets

Deborah Knight
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