First hybrid event of Upcycling Community
Tuesday 13 september the Upcycling Community of Foodvalley NL had it’s first hybrid event. At the location of the Stadsbrouwerij in Wageningen there were about 20 partners and some guest who wanted to learn more about the Upcycling Community. They started with a networking lunch with local and food made of circular ingredients. There was a lot of energy to collaborate on upcycling of sidestreams.
Plenary session with a diverse international group
For the plenary part we also welcomed about 10 online participants, which made it a diverse international group. We were very pleased to have four new partners taking part in the event: Greencovery, NOPalm Ingredients, Meatco and Circular Food Solutions. During the plenary part we introduced three of our technology providers in the Upcycling community:
They presented their company and their expertise and the technologies they developed to valorize sidestreams of food industry towards circular ingredients. We discussed with the community partners about the role of technology providers and the challenges and opportunities they have to create breakthrough innovations.
Inspiring discussion with Madhura Rao
Our guest speaker Madhura Rao - PhD researcher at the Universiteit Maastricht shared insights on her research about barriers and enablers for valorisation of foodlosses and processing byproducts. It brought up an inspiring discussions between our partners about:
- The potential opportunities for new legislation that stimulates processing of food waste
- The potential value of private standards for circular products
- The possibilities to better match supply and demand of upcycled ingredients for food.
All topics that were touched upon during the event strongly link to the programme that Foodvalley NL is developing for the Upcycling Community partners in 2023. Interested to get introduced to the Upcycling Community? Please contact: Jolijn Zwart- van Kessel or Caroline Duivenvoorden.