Upcycling Community hybrid event

Save the date | Upcycling Community event

Foodvalley NL organises a hybrid event on 13 September from 12.30 - 16.00 CEST. We invite Upcycling Community partners to meet and explore the Upcycling Community network. This event start with a lunch at 12.30 - 13.00 followed by an inspiring programme which ends 16.00 CEST. The central theme will be ‘Food applications and consumer acceptance of BSG ingredients.

Are you not an Upcycling Community partner yet but would you like to join this event? Please contact Caroline Duivenoorden for more information.

Foodvalley Innovation Insights

Save the date | Foodvalley Innovation Insights

The next Innovation Insights event, exclusively for our Foodvalley Partners, will be held on 27 September, 2022 from 9.00 – 10.30. Programme and registration for our Foodvalley partners will follow soon.

Foodvalley Partner event 2022

Save the date | Partner event 3 November 2022

Foodvalley NL would like to invite you to our exclusively Foodvalley Partner event on 3 November 2022 from 16.00 – 19.00 CEST at our office in Wageningen.

The aim of the event is to explore Foodvalley’s network in its full scope, with all our communities and network partners. This day will focus on connection, innovation and match-making. We will also celebrate the fifth anniversary of The Protein Community together with all Foodvalley partners!

Explore and connect with Foodvalley’s network and save the date 3 November 2022 in your agenda. Information about the programme will follow soon.

* Please note: this event is exclusively for Foodvalley Partners. Are you not a partner yet but would you like to join this event? Contact us at: partner@foodvalley.nl

Subsidy for shared advanced research equipment

Subsidy for shared advanced research equipment

The subsidy scheme stimulates companies and institutes to realise research equipment in the Dutch provinces of Gelderland and Utrecht. 

Equipment for fundamental research is often expensive, yet it is hardly ever used to its full capacity. To address this challenge, the Regio Deal Foodvalley subsidy scheme provides companies and institutes the possibility to invest in shared advanced research equipment (Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 1-3). Sharing facilities is a proven method to make advanced research equipment available and cost-effective for organisations (working in the field of healthy food and living environments), which enables them to maximise productivity and accelerate innovation.

Conditions Shared Advanced Research Equipment Scheme

  • The application concerns an investment in innovative advanced research equipment in the protein transition, food & health and/or circular agrifood domains and is shared via open access. 
  • The scheme concerns TRL 1-3: fundamental research from observing basic principles, formulating the technology concept and experimental proof of concept. 
  • The investment benefits organisations in the Dutch provinces of Gelderland and Utrecht and will be realised in collaboration with Wageningen University & Research​. 
  • The investment enables organisations to shorten time to market and optimise efficiency during the innovation process.
  • The facility will also be made accessible to other organisations at a market price.
  • Open call till the end 2024. 

For more information, please see the conditions. 

Apply for Shared Advanced Research Equipment subsidy

If you require more information or if you intend to apply for a subsidy, please contact us below. 

The subsidy applications are processed by Foodvalley NL and the province of Gelderland on behalf of Regio Deal Foodvalley. Organisations can also contact Foodvalley NL for advice on other subsidies and financial schemes specifically for shared facilities. More information about sharing facilities? Please visit the Shared Facility Finder


Questions? Get in touch

Petra Roubos
+31 (0)317 48 79 91

A more sustainable and circular agrifood chain

What is a more sustainable and circular agrifood chain

Worldwide one third of food produced every year (1.3 billion tonnes) is lost or wasted. Food waste has a global carbon footprint of about 8% of all global greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans.
Waste occurs along the entire supply chain from farms to processing and manufacturing to shops, restaurants and at home. The first step is nearly always reduction, the smaller the waste streams the better. Next, new technologies, markets and collaborations can help farmers, producers, and retailers find innovative ways to repurpose their waste streams.

Increasingly, small scale operations seeking to repurpose waste streams have been cropping up. This offers encouragement that circular agrifood business models are gaining traction. However, the scale is still quite small, and many barriers exist. In particular, the high implementation costs are too much for individual stakeholders to bare alone. Although awareness for waste stream upcycling is growing, it remains uncharted territory resulting in general uncertainty and lack of commitment on the way forward. Also, conservative markets with traditional supply chains are unwilling to alter established, highly profitable methods based on cheap, though often unsustainable, raw resources. Foodvalley NL is currently exploring ways to accelerate the uptake of waste streams in food production.

Exploring BSG resource upcycling

In February 2022 a broadcast on Brewer’s Spent Grain brought together over 160 participants, offering a glimpse at how this widely available waste stream can evolve into a valuable resource in the food system. The participants shared how they use this waste stream to achieve higher value and contribute to their organisations’ sustainability goals. These insights will be used to create opportunities together with the ecosystem.

Foodvalley NL takes initiative

Foodvalley NL is currently exploring ways to accelerate the uptake of waste streams in food production. If you are interested, please contact Jolijn Zwart-van Kessel

Brewer’s Spent Grain (BSG)

Relevant for: Dutch farmers, retailers, food process industry

Innovation during a transition can be difficult. Sometimes challenges can be too complicated to tackle on your own. We start this community to create a safe environment where you can partner up on your ideas and find inspiration from each other. We do this by providing the right support and by creating a mix of cross-sectoral organisations working on the same topic. Read more about brewer’s spent grain and the Upcycling Community.

Are you interested? Please contact Jolijn van Kessel-Zwart

Dutch Protein Farmers

Relevant for: Dutch farmers, retailers, food process industry

Foodvalley NL brings farmers, the food industry and retailers together to improve the earning capacity of Dutch farmers committed to making the transition to growing new protein crops. Increasing local availability and consumption of plant-based proteins has the added benefits of greenhouse gas emissions and nitrogen runoff reduction and increased biodiversity. We are actively mobilising farmers to participate in this initiative. Part of this approach is the launch of a new quality label, “Dutch green protein farmers”. It can be used to improve the market value of products made with locally sourced protein-rich crops. With the result increasing business opportunities for all stakeholders involved. Given its success in the Netherlands, we are now exploring other regions to effectively implement a similar model.

The Dutch Protein Farmers also published a first consumer survey on home-grown plant proteins. Read the research here (in Dutch).

Are you interested? Please contact Jolijn Zwart- van Kessel or Jeroen Willemsen. Or read more about Dutch Protein Farmers.

Regenerative Agriculture Innovation Fund

Relevant for: innovative European farmers, agrifood companies

Regenerative agriculture offers one of the greatest opportunities to help Europe address human and climate health, along with the financial well-being of farmers. Reports from leading science, knowledge institutions and business networks, state the fundamental importance of transitioning to more regenerative agriculture methods if Europe is to meet its climate change targets, food security needs, protect arable lands and environmental landscapes and build a healthier food system. Various companies have made commitments to source materials and ingredients from regenerative agriculture, while organizations across the world are looking to reduce the Scope 3 emissions of their supply chain operations. Transitioning to regenerative agriculture offers:

  • Restoring the natural rhythm of our ecosystems
  • Reviving landscapes
  • Curbing GHG emissions for generations to come.

With such an impact in mind EIT Food, Foodvalley NL, Food Innovation Hub Europe and Imagine Food Collective are setting up the Regenerative Agricultural Innovation Impact Fund Europe. The Impact Fund will invest in a portfolio of innovations, initially between 2022-2025, to accelerate and enable transitioning to regenerative agricultural production, sourcing and procurement of food towards 2030 targets.

We welcome investors to participate in the fund and to facilitate in the reshaping the future of our food. On June 29th 2022 a first investor meeting will take place including a Co-creation Workshop (by invitation only). For further information please feel free to reach out to Jolijn Zwart – van Kessel or Jeroen Wouters.


Relevant for: agrifood companies

The aim of the pan-European Smart Specialization Strategy Food (S3Food) Partnership is to set-up a platform and supportive business ecosystem between agri-food clusters and clusters representing technology and/or digital solution providers, relevant RTOs and other stakeholders.

Foodvalley NL takes part in the S3Food partnership to accelerate the digital transition. In combination with the research organization One Planet, research & development and business communities are connected.

Read more

Shared facility finder

Relevant for: food processing industry

With Shared facility finder you have a wide range of top-class innovation facilities available at your fingertips. Find and share research equipment, facilities and technologies. Connect with partners and co-investors and explore available funding. Maximize productivity by sharing and using facilities and research and test your innovations before launching them on the market.

Do you want to know what facilities you can use?

Do you have a facility you want to share? Please contact us!



Relevant for: entrepreneurs in the critical phase of commercialization and expansion

After the successful 2021 edition with Willicroft, De Nieuwe Melkboer, Grassa and Rival Foods, Invest-NL and Foodvalley NL have decided to broaden the focus in 2022. Companies that are active in the themes protein transition, circular food chain (regenerative agriculture and waste stream valorisation), precision agriculture and personalised nutrition can apply as of today. The Fastlane programme combines customised guidance, personal coaching and a network of world-class experts. Based on an intake, assessment and selection day, five companies will be selected to participate in the second edition. After each company has determined its own objectives for the programme, a customised plan is developed and implemented in six months in close cooperation with various experts. The ultimate goal is to be ready for the next investment round.

Is your company on the verge of exponential growth? Have you acquired your first customers, or are you about to? Is your team both ambitious and divers and driven to impact the foodtransition? Apply now by sending and email containing your slidedeck and ambition to fastlane@invest-nl.nl.

Application closed on the 4th of March and the program starts on the 7th of April 2022.

Upcycling Community

Innovation during a transition can be difficult. Sometimes challenges can be too complicated to tackle on your own. We start this community to create a safe environment where you can partner up on your ideas and find inspiration from each other. We do this by providing the right support and by creating a mix of cross-sectoral organisations working on the same topic. Read more about the Upcycling Community.

Do you want to be a partner of the upcycling community or do you want support the community?

Shared Facility Finder helped raise 442 thousand euro for Insect Experience Centre

Shared Facility Finder helped raise 442 thousand euro for Insect Experience Centre

The Insect Experience Centre plans to use the fund to realize an automated cost-effective insect breeding system. The funding is raised via the Shared Facility Finder with a subsidy from the Regio Deal Foodvalley. “This breeding project is designed to empower the transition to a sustainable food system. We are proud that we were able, together with the founders, to give them a head start. In the near future this facility is to the advantage of more entrepreneurs: the breeding system will also be available to other entrepreneurs,” says Petra Roubos, Lead Shared Facilities Foodvalley NL.

The Shared Facility Finder, an initiative by Foodvalley NL and Wageningen University & Research, supports organizations to maximize productivity and speed up innovation by sharing facilities. Sharing facilities is fast, sustainable, and cost effective. It will contribute to sustainable and healthy food and living environments. The Shared Facility finder is the place where organizations get access to innovation facilities, to find and share research equipment, facilities, and technologies.

And, in the case of the Insect Experience Centre, Shared Facility Finder advices and connects with partners and co-investors and explores available funding.

“Our goal is to enable the use of affordable insect proteins in animal nutrition.” From a business point of view, we want to bring innovations to market faster with the Insect Experience Center and exchange knowledge with our partners. The advice from Shared Facility Finder and the financial support, help us in this,“ says founder of the Insect Experience Centre, Eltjo Bethlehem.

Aside from this project Shared Facility Finder is working on several other funding trajectories, from research equipment to upscaling and demonstration facilities needed for transition in a sustainable food system.

Explore investment and funding opportunities

Interested in investment and funding opportunities? Visit Shared Facility Finder.

Questions? Get in touch

Petra Roubos
Leader Shared Facilities
+31 317 48 79 91

Foodvalley launches new insects programme

Foodvalley launches new insects programme 

On its mission to accelerate the sustainability of the food system, Foodvalley NL initiates a new programme around the ‘raw material’ insects. These small species in our food chain are not only a source of proteins, but they also process our residual flows. As of June 1, Paula Rijkens has been appointed as Programme Manager Insects. “We are going to put the insect sector on the map with a positive image.” 

To provide a worldwide population of ten billion people by 2050 with tasty, affordable, healthy and sustainable food, we need to adopt a circular production and consumption system. “There is a pressing need to create more value across the whole food production chain, so we have to use less raw materials and energy and should produce less waste,” explains Paula. 

A sustainable alternative

With the Insects Programme, Foodvalley NL is going to support a young, innovative and promising sector to make its 2050 mission a success. “Insects can play an important role in a sustainable food system for three reasons,” she believes. “First of all, insects use waste streams that other animals and humans cannot eat. Residual flows are thus usefully used. Secondly, insects are a sustainable replacement for soy – which has to be imported from South America – and fish meal – for which fish must be grown in an unsustainable way. Finally, insects have specific properties that are of great added value for animals and humans, such as proteins and lipids that contain a lot of omega 3.” 

Explosive growth

The added value of insects is clear and the sector is on the cusp of explosive growth. Before it can be deployed, according to Paula, there are three important hurdles to overcome. “The production is not yet large enough, which means that, for example, producers of pet food cannot yet switch to insects as a protein basis. Producers, on the other hand, have difficulty finding a suitable market. Last but not least, there is still little regulation and it is still prohibited to use household, catering and supermarket waste as a breeding ground.” 

Promising sector on the map

Foodvalley NL is therefore currently making an inventory of which solutions are already available – nationally and internationally. “We also formulate exactly what we want to achieve,” says Paula. “We then make the gaps concrete in this roadmap, so that we can connect the right companies, organizations and possibly investors to take the next step.” As the former Innovation Lead Circular Agrifood at Foodvalley, Paula knows the playing field like the back of her hand, which helps enormously in shaping the plans and involving relevant partners. 

Foodvalley NL as an independent partner

An important partner, for example, is Protix. This largest insect farm in the world is based in  the Netherlands. For more than ten years, they have been bringing the food system back into balance with high-tech solutions, artificial intelligence, genetic improvement programs and robotics. CEO Kees Aarts is happy with the Insects Programme. “Our products are available in 13 countries, but to create real growth, we need all kinds of parties to collaborate. Foodvalley NL is an independent partner that can connect us to the various stakeholders and keep the pace to help this young sector grow.” 

Calling everyone

With the new Insects Programme, Foodvalley is calling on all its members and new players in the feed and food industry to think along, talk and participate. Paula is enthusiastic and driven: “Together with companies, governments, investors and technology partners, we want to build strong and successful chains that will turn the Netherlands into insect land. That way, we strive for a known and recognized insect sector – with feed and food products – that contributes to the sustainability of our food system.” 

These partners and members have already joined. Will you join us?

  • Protix
  • Protifarm
  • NGN
  • HIK (HUB for Insect knowledge)
  • Insect Systems
  • InsectoCycle 

More info & sign up

Join us and become part of the future of food. All organisations, from start-up to multinational, are welcome to participate in the new Insects Programme. Get in touch with Paula Rijkens (Programme Manager Insects) for more information. 




About the Foodvalley NL team

A welcoming and energetic team of over 30 professionals working on the transition of the food system. Our core values: Together, Personal, Positive, Learning & Development and Professional. We strive for maximum impact. We value an open, safe and familiar work environment, where we constantly challenge you to learn, experiment and grow.

There are currently no vacancies available.

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