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Sustainable Food: Innovative Approaches to Procurement and Surplus

July 28 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Opportunities and inspiration for more circular and equitable food systems

Changing our food system is one of the most impactful things we can do to address climate change, create flourishing rural communities, and rebuild biodiversity.

The current food system has resulted in the loss of many small scale food producers and manufacturers to national conglomerates. It has also resulted in inconceivable volumes of food being wasted all along the food value chain.

Tevi’s Sustainable Food Challenge Network has bought many businesses, researchers, and policy makers together in the effort to identify and nurture new approaches and innovations to change the system.

This event will showcase two brilliant examples of these innovations, both of which present exciting opportunities for local businesses; The South West Food Hub is launching a procurement platform, supported by Crown Commercial Services, to enable small food producers to supply large public institutions. The HIVE is working to tackle hunger, and the food system’s carbon footprint, by transforming farm gate surplus into meals, with a current production of 100,000 meals per week.

Agenda

9.30: Welcome and Challenge Network recap – Amanda Goodwin, Tevi

9.40: Cornwall’s food system and where the opportunities for circularity lie – Stefano Pascucci, University of Exeter Business School

10.00: Harnessing farm gate surplus to feed those in need – Brian Honey-Morgan, The HIVE

10.30: A new procurement platform to support small food producers to supply large public institutions – Greg Parsons, South West Food Hub

11.00: Summary and next steps – Amanda Goodwin, Tevi

About Tevi

Tevi is an ERDF-funded programme supporting Cornish SMEs to grow whist contributing to Cornwall’s environmental growth priorities and circular economy transition. Tevi currently supports over 300 enterprises through bespoke consultancy services, challenge networks and a grant scheme. Tevi is delivered by the University of Exeter in partnership with Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Cornwall Council and Cornwall Development Company.

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