Market opportunities for natural chemicals from vegetable production
February 28, 2017
Heartland Farms Operations, Technology and Training Center
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lunch is included for registered attendees.
This conference is free but registration is required.
An estimated 15 percent of vegetable material delivered for processing is not useable as food. This includes peels, stems and leaves as well as blemished or wrong-sized vegetables. This residual material could be a source for high-value, natural chemicals such as antioxidants and oils.
This half-day event will explore challenges and opportunities in extracting, purifying and commercializing these chemicals.
The conference invites participation from supply chain partners including:
- potato and vegetable growers
- fruit and vegetable processors
- manufacturers and suppliers of specialist pre-processing and processing equipment
- downstream users of naturally derived chemicals looking to differentiate their product lines
Why you should attend
Hear about potential economic opportunities in the growing market for naturally derived chemicals to replace those derived from fossil fuels. This conference will bring together representatives of the vegetable supply and natural chemical value chains, beginning with growers and ending with home and personal care businesses using naturally sourced chemicals in their product lines. Five highly regarded speakers will discuss harvesting and processing techniques, the economics of value-added chemical extraction and purification, drivers for increased use of naturally occurring chemicals in non-food applications and the challenges that exist in bringing such chemicals to market.
Attendees will also hear an update on
a collaborative project already underway to create a "proof of concept center" validating commercialization possibilities. Project participants include:
Del Monte Foods
Pavelski Legacy Partners
Midwest Food Products Association
Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and WiSys Technology Foundation are providing advice on commercialization strategies.
There will be time for questions with each presentation and time for discussion during a provided luncheon.
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