The Fresh Produce Impact Hub (FRESHPPACT) brings together retailers, manufacturers and agribusinesses operating within food supply chains rooted in developing or emerging economies to identify shared high priority social and environmental challenges, and work with research partners to accelerate the adoption of the most promising solutions through a process of rapid evaluation, testing and adoption.

Our Partners

FRESHPPACT consortium members include Blue Skies and Waitrose & Partners. The University of Northampton Centre for Sustainable Business Practices (CSBP) have been appointed as Coordinating Research and Project Management Partners.

The Challenge Funds

The first challenge that FRESHPPACT will seek to address is the issue of Plastics Pollution.

Three Challenge Funds will be launched later in 2022 to find solutions to problem plastics found in Agricultural Mulch, Workwear and Packaging. Solutions may include new technology and business models that mitigate plastic pollution through material substitution, accelerated biodegradation and improved manufacturing and remanufacturing processes.

To define the problem, we have drafted three Challenge Briefs to guide the call for proposals when they eventually launch. Right now, we're asking for feedback on these briefs to ensure we can best represent the needs of the industry. You can view the briefs by clicking here and then send us your feedback by the 27th of April by clicking the button below.

The Fresh Produce Impact Hub is being implemented by Blue Skies who have been awarded a UKAid grant to launch the hub. The UKAid grant has been made via the Sustainable Manufacturing and Pollution Programme (SMEP). The SMEP programme is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and is implemented in partnership with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The grant has been awarded for an initial period until April 2022.

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