Using residual streams: Food for Feed for Food
Nijsen takes residual streams from the food industry and turns them into food again: Food for Feed for Food. Working together with partners in the same industry is essential for this type of circular system. No wonder Nijsen has opted to join the Foodvalley platform, Innovation field Circular Agrifood.
Nijsen is always looking for new opportunities to make even better use of residual streams and to turn the food system into a closed circuit. “By working together with other Foodvalley members to find new solutions, we can make considerable progress in our pursuit of a sustainable food production system”, says Karel van der Velden, Business Development Manager at Nijsen.
From residual streams to pure ingredients
“Currently, the Nijsen company annually processes 100,000 metric tons of residual streams from the food industry into high-quality lifestock and animal feed. But we don’t stop there. We’re continuously working on new circular concepts. Vegetable leftovers and fruit peels, for instance, are perfect for growing bacteria and breeding insects like mealworms. And these provide a substantial contribution to the protein shift”, Karel continues, “And what’s more, residual streams can be used for fermentation processes, resulting in new and clean ingredients for the food industry.”
The right nutrition for insect breeding
To travel the road unknown, you need travelling companions. The Nijsen company is convinced that this motto rings true. Karel: “We believe we can find kindred souls at Foodvalley, partners that can help us get new developments going. There are many initiatives in the field of insect breeding, but often there’s a lack of specific know-how, for example, about the growing process and what the best feed is. Residual streams are an excellent form of nutrition. And what’s more: we can deliver a consistent product from a wide variety of rest streams. If we want to make insect breeding economically viable, a scale-up is necessary. We can also help breeders with that, both on a business level and on a practical level, by providing them with the right nutrition.”
Closing the circuit in food systems
To innovate in the food industry you need food producers, but other parties as well. “One of the big bonuses of the Foodvalley network is that it includes knowledge banks and governments. To really close the circuit in food systems, you need these parties to participate. For the legislation surrounding new developments, for instance.” Karel considers the Foodvalley network’s international orientation to be an important aspect. “In the long run, this can help us scale up and broaden our horizon”, Karel concludes.
Karel van der Velden, Business Development Manager