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Farmer/Engineer wins loan for machine that strips off packaging

Dewsbury-based Waste Food Solutions has designed and built a machine to strip out-of-date supermarket food from its packaging, with a £19,500 loan from Yorkshire-based Business Enterprise Fund (BEF).

Managing director Paul Goddard (pictured with BEF’s Julie Micklethwaite) explains: “I first built the separating machine seven years ago because the cost of feeding 500 wild boars was eating into my profit.

“A local supermarket started providing me with its unsold fresh produce which would have gone to waste. Removing the packaging became a tedious task so, as a former engineer, I found a method to save time and money.”

He later updated the system for local manufacturers, supermarkets and bakeries where stock would go to waste.

BEF approved the loan which enabled Waste Food Solutions to build the machinery and associated equipment. The company plans to build further models to sell across the UK.

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