Thomasina Miers provides food for thought for London manufacturers

Posted on 4 Sep 2014 by The Manufacturer

A former winner of BBC’s MasterChef is urging London’s food and drink businesses to turn food waste into new business opportunities.

English cook, writer and television presenter, Thomasina Miers will be a key speaker at an event co-hosted by the British Library’s Business and IP Centre, the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) and Brunel University on September 16, to make food businesses consider what they could be doing with their waste.

The co-founder of the award-winning ‘Wahaca’ Mexican restaurant chain will explain the thinking behind ‘The Pig Idea’, a concept that focuses on using surplus food to safely rear pigs.

This approach lowers feed costs for farmers, reduces the economic and environmental costs of disposing of food waste and creates jobs and revenue in the new eco-feed sector.

“We want this event to change the way food and drink companies think about waste and how it can be turned from an expense into a way of generating new revenues,” explained Melissa Addey, specialist food advisor at MAS.

“And what better way to do this than to hear from Thomasina Miers, a well-known and respected chef who has applied this thinking to her own business.”

She continued: “That is just one element of the free event. We’ll have experts on hand to talk about other alternatives to dealing with food waste and I’ll be able to bring companies up to date with the support available through MAS and other partners.”

In addition to Thomasina’s keynote address, there will also be presentations from Rubies in the Rubble (who make chutneys out of fruit and vegetables that would otherwise be thrown away) and Ming Foods, who used MAS support to turn 260 tonnes of waste pastry into a profitable product.

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