Vitamix Advances Food Waste Recycler

Vitamix has introduced the FoodCycler FC-50, a food waste recycler that is said to transform food scraps into a nutrient-rich soil additive in a matter of hours.

The FoodCycler FC-50 is lightweight, easy-to-use, odorless and compact. It comes with a small food-waste collecting bucket that can be moved around the kitchen, from countertop to sink, when preparing meals. The FoodCycler FC-50, which replaces the Vitamix FC-30, has several improvements over the earlier model, including processing time, filter life and a lid for the bucket.

In addition to vegetable and fruit scraps, the FoodCycler FC-50 will also recycle meat, dairy products, pet food and small bones from fish or chicken, so most of the waste from healthy meals can be neatly processed. The FC-50 takes between four and eight hours to turn food scraps into a dry, odorless powder that is the soil amendment.

“We knew many Vitamix users were composting, but we were curious about those who were not,” said Scott Hackman, vp/strategy, business insights, brand and marketing operations at Vitamix. “So we conducted an independent study and discovered that there are significant obstacles to composting for many people. We wanted to make a year-round food recycling option available to everyone who is environmentally oriented, including those with limited outdoor space or those living in colder climates. The FoodCycler FC-50 is our answer.”

The FoodCycler FC-50 comes with a three-year warranty and is available on the company’s website for $399.95. Also available are dissolvable tablets to restore beneficial bacteria and fungi to the food waste compound and replacement filters for the unit and the bucket lid.