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

Regenerative Agriculture Innovation Fund

Relevant for: innovative European farmers, agrifood companies

Regenerative Agriculture gives us the chance to improve food quality, protect farmers’ livelihoods, and safeguard the land we depend on. It is a profitable, sustainable system that makes sense for farmers and food-lovers alike.

Contact Jolijn van Kessel-Zwart to learn more and join the regenerative agriculture revolution.

S3Food

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.

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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!

 

Fastlane

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.

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