29 Jun '16, 1am

Starbucks #Japan finds innovative ways to recycle coffee grounds

In 2010, Yoshihito Nakagawa, supply chain division manager for Starbucks, was tasked with finding new ways to recycle food waste from Starbucks stores in Japan. A new food recycling law was set to require all companies in the restaurant industry to reduce or recycle more than 50% of food waste within the next five years. “We asked waste companies that provide recycling services to recycle our food waste, but it was very cost-consuming and did not cover all the areas of our market,” Nakagawa said. “We researched coffee grounds and found out that it could be useful as cattle feed and fertilizer.” To turn this idea into action Nakagawa’s team found help in an unusual place – a contact lens company that had started research and experimentation using state-of-the-art fermentation techniques. Menicon formulated special lactic and acid bacteria to use to help turn the coffee grou...

Full article: https://news.starbucks.com/news/starbucks-japan-coffee-gr...

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