Retail food waste valorisation


How it works

UNIMORE and Kour Energy will use insect rearing to convert kitchen and restaurant scraps into a rich biomass, which is converted into products via extraction and fractionation.

The resulting protein, lipids and chitin will be validated for food and feed applications by Nutrition Sciences and Zetadec.

ITENE will also test the use of chitin for the production of reinforcement bioplastics and biomaterials for food packaging.

Latest updates

Novel packaging tackles food waste… with food waste

The most recent estimates of European food waste levels reveal that 70% of EU food waste arises in the household, food service and retail sectors. Imagine a world where the expired or leftover food in your household, is transformed to extend the shelf life of those very same products… Thanks to an innovative industrial process […]

Join Zetadec at an eWorkshop on Upcycled Proteins // 28 May, Online

The #eWorkshop on Upcycled Proteins is an online interactive event that gathers relevant EU projects—like Greenprotein, Pro-Enrich, Valuewaste or Scalibur— and market and legislation experts to present experiences, insights and best practices. It is divided into 3 parts: proteins from industry by-products; proteins from urban biowaste and market & legislation. SCALIBUR partner Zetadec will present their work on producing proteins from urban biowaste. Don’t […]

See UNIMORE at the International Congress of Entomology // 19-24 July 2020, Helsinki

UNIMORE will be present at the International Congress of Entomology (ICE 2020) discussing their work with insects as bio-converters. The Congress theme this year is “Entomology for Our Planet.” The venue is the world-famous Finlandia Hall, in the heart of Helsinki.  Find out more at the event website.


To find out more about SCALIBUR’s work on valorisation of retail food waste via insect rearing please contact:

Andrea Antonelli, UNIMORE