Circular economy approach

Clean label solution to reduce the environmental impact

Today one third of the food produced for human consumption is wasted or lost before reaching our tables, amounting to about 1.3 billion tonnes per year, costing the global economy close to 940 billion USD each year (FAO, 2011).

Reusing or recycling waste materials is an optimal approach to solve this global issue. Adopting a circular economy business model means restoring the resources used, maintaining their value for as long as possible, while reducing waste through a better design of materials, products and systems.

Created from the joint venture between the Italian group Silvateam and the German group J. Rettenmaier & Söhne, JRS Silvateam Ingredients mission has always been embracing this philosophy. In the case of pectin, the company uses as raw material citrus peels, leftovers from the fruit juice and essential oil production, adding value to a byproduct which should otherwise be disposed of. Now the same approach has been adopted with partially depectinised citrus peels, by turning them into a valuable functional dietary fiber.

A perfect example of circular economy: what was previously considered a byproduct is now a resource that can be reintroduced and reused within the production cycle.