Adding value to food and drink wastes and by-products through valorisation

WRAP is at the forefront of finding solutions for unavoidable food and drink wastes and by-products that remain once prevention, minimisation and re-use actions have been implemented and exhausted.

Valorisation is the process of adding value to these wastes and by-products, converting them into useful products, including chemicals, materials, and fuels. This approach is attracting renewed interest in the food sector due to the fast depletion of natural and primary resources, and the need for more sustainable and cost-efficient waste management protocols.

WRAP’s valorisation programme aims to develop innovative solutions to food and drink wastes and by-products that challenge current thinking and enable manufacturers to save money, generate new income streams and increase their revenue.

WRAP's valorisation programme is now in Wales and its strong sustainability agenda provides a favourable environment for innovation in food waste.  Wales’ vision is to increase food and drink turnover by 30% by 2020, which is a central driving objective of its action plan for the industry.  Given the size of Wales and its finite supply of raw materials, there is a need to add as much value as possible to Welsh food and drink products and differentiate from competitors.  One way to achieve this is by adding value to unavoidable wastes and by-products generated by the food and drink producers in Wales.

Get in touch for free, specialist support

WRAP Cymru is offering food and drink manufacturers in Wales the opportunity to benefit from bespoke valorisation support.  We are looking to work with a cross section of Welsh businesses, but would be particularly interested in hearing from bakeries.

If you would like to find out more, please don’t hesitate to contact our Innovation and Valorisation team by e-mail at or by telephone on 02920 100 100.

Case studies and additional resources

The following case studies demonstrate valorisation in action: 

For additional resources, please visit our dedicated Valorisation Resources page.