Our 4-day workshop at the Alexandria University in Egypt focused on Circular Economy, Technology Integration and Management, Smart Agriculture, and market conditions in citrus (by-)products supply chains. In stimulating conversations with stakeholders, academics, industry representatives as well as public bodies, we discussed barriers in the citrus sector, how to close loops in the citrus (by-)products supply chain, how to create value from waste, and how technologies can support circular value creation.
In addition, our group had the chance to conduct field trips to get a better understanding of the production processes and requirements on-site. The visited factories included a dehydration company, a juice producer, and an organic juice producer who manages all stages of the citrus supply chain from farm to export.
Here are some insights:
This is just a selection of aspects that we will address in the ImPUlSe project. We have received a lot of impressions, generated many ideas, and are already looking forward to the next workshop in Turkey.
Check out the Results section if you would like to know how we are going to use these insights to foster biological and technological circularity in Mediterranean citrus supply chains.