CO-FRESH is a multistakeholder partnership including 26 partners from 10 European countries. Starting from current best practices and key success factors of innovative value chains, and the state of the art in technological and non-technological approaches. The main objective of CO-FRESH is to (re)design and pilot innovative systemic approaches to agri-food value chains to scale up this innovation at the European level. These innovative approaches will improve the economic, social and environmental performance/efficiency of these value chains. This is achieved through smart integration of technological, social, organisational, managerial and institutional innovations; all of which serve to make them more sustainable.

The developed tools and formats are applied in seven pilot cases representing diverse fruit and vegetable value chains across Europe. Foodvalley NL leads a pilot case on fava beans for plant-based meat analogues.

In this pilot case Foodvalley NL, supported by Wageningen University & Research, has brought together nine key actors in the Dutch fava bean value chain:

  • Agriservice Lindenhols
  • Louis Bolk Instituut
  • KeyGene
  • Meelunie
  • Multiflour
  • MFH-Pulses
  • Ojah
  • Codrico
  • BOON-Foodconcepts

Starting from May 2021, these organisations will work together for the next three years to commercialise the value chain and increase consumer awareness and value. The goal?  A 100% Dutch fava bean meat analogue on the shelves in the supermarket, truly appreciating the ingredient’s origin and its growers.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 101000852.


Leo Koning
Community Manager The Protein Community
+31(0)6 202 960 96

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