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).
Regenerative Agriculture Innovation Fund
Relevant for: innovative European farmers, agrifood companies, investors, venture caitalists
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.
On June 29th 2022 a first investor meeting has taken take place including a Co-creation Workshop (by invitation only). On September 8th a follow-up commitment meeting will take place (by invitation only). Investors that are serious about contributing and actively participating are still welcome.
The ambition is to start the fund by 2023 and have the first activities on the ground before the end of 2022
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.
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 have a facility you want to share? Please contact us!
Relevant for: entrepreneurs in the critical phase of commercialization and expansion
Companies that are active in the themes protein transition, circular food chain (regenerative agriculture and waste stream valorisation), precision agriculture and personalised nutrition have applied to participate in the Fastlane programme 2022. The programme combines customised guidance, personal coaching and a network of world-class experts. 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.
Applications for the 2nd edition are now closed. If you’re interested to apply for the next edition, please send us a message to email@example.com .
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.