2023 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 16-18, 2023 | St.Louis, MO

Angie Crone


Upcycled Food Association


Angie Crone is CEO of the Upcycled Food Association where she champions upcycling as one of the most critical solutions to breaking the resource waste cycle and mitigating the climate crisis. Angie has spent the last twelve years driving food system transformation with mission-driven companies like Prather Ranch, Numi Organic Tea, and Imperfect Foods. Previously, she was Head of Consumer Packaged Goods at Fair Trade USA where she advised start-up to global companies on ethical sourcing and consumer communication strategies. Angie holds a BS in Environmental Science from Shepherd University, and an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. 


Wednesday, May 17th

11:00am - 12:00pm

Squeezing Every Last Drop: Maximizing Product Utilization through Upcycling

Breakout Session (Running Concurrently)

Upcycling offers a second chance for food that would otherwise fall through the cracks of our fragmented food system. Waste can be driven by not using food products in their entirety. However, value-added processing rethinks the concept of “waste” by turning surplus and byproducts into food products, thus finding greater value in items or parts usually deemed worthless. Given the explosive growth of this  industry in such a short timeframe, how can facilities, operations, and menus be redesigned to use as much of each product as possible? Explore the growing momentum around upcycled food and the untapped potential of this fledgling market.


What is the one thing you want Summit attendees to focus on in 2023?

The power of collaboration. Great things can happen when we work together and, given the complexity of food waste, together is the only way forward.

What motivates you personally to work on food waste-related issues?

Coming from a farming family, I know the immense amount of care, effort and natural resources required to provide food for our communities. Tackling food waste is a way to show respect for those that produce our food and gratitude for the land that sustains us all.

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