Valorisation of food and beverage waste via saccharification for sugars recovery

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-75
Journal / PublicationBioresource Technology
Online published31 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - May 2018


Valorisation of mixed food and beverage (F&B) waste was studied for the recovery of sugars via saccharification. Glucoamylase and sucrase were employed to hydrolyse the starch and sucrose present in the mixed F&B waste because of the high cost-effectiveness for such recovery. The Michaelis-Menten kinetics model suggests that preservatives and additives in beverages did not inhibit glucoamylase and sucrase during saccharification. High levels of glucose (228.1 g L−1) and fructose (55.7 g L−1) were efficiently produced within 12 h at a solid-to-liquid ratio of 37.5% (w/v) in 2.5 L bioreactors. An overall conversion yield of 0.17 g sugars per g of mixed F&B waste was obtained in mass balance analysis. Lastly, possible industrial applications of the sugar-rich hydrolysate and by-products are discussed. This study is believed to cast insights into F&B waste recycling via biotechnology to produce high-value added products to promote the establishment of a circular bio-economy.

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  • Animal feed, Crude lipids, Enzymatic hydrolysis, Food and beverage waste, Nutrient recovery