What is a more sustainable and circular agrifood system

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.

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

Upcycling Community

Relevant for: Start-up, Scale-up, SME & Corporates in the agrifood and retail

The Upcycling Community is an international and closed group of business partners that collaborate on the topic ‘upcycling of food losses’. The community setting creates a safe environment where organisations can share ideas, get inspired on new developments and insights from the market and research. The Upcycling Community exists of business partners who are ambitious about upcycling, come from various parts of the value chain, and vary from scale-up to SME and Corporate organisation. Read more about the Upcycling Community.

Are you interested? Please contact Caroline Duivenvoorden or Thomas van der Lee

More insects on the plate of the customer

Relevant for: Dutch farmers, retailers, food process industry

With this initiative, Foodvalley NL works towards new collaborations that result in bringing new products and market concepts from edible insects successfully to the plate of the consumer in the Northwest Europe market. We also partner with various global parties like the Network for Insect Knowledge in the Netherlands en Enterprise Singapore to realise a professional, scalable and safe value chain together.

Are you interested? Read more information about this initiative or contact Jolijn Zwart- van Kessel, Innovation Lead Circular Agrifood  or Caroline Duivenvoorden, Programme Manager Circular Agrifood.

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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 Impact Portfolio

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. Various companies have made commitments to source materials and ingredients from regenerative agriculture. 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 this Innovation Impact Portfolio Europe. The goal of the Innovation Impact Portfolio is to fund technology, start-ups and grants that collectively form a toolkit of end-to-end solutions to regenerative agriculture system challenges which substantially accelerate and de-risk Europe’s transition to regenerative agriculture.

Many parties are of course already investing on Regenerative Agriculture. Nobody can do this alone. Combining strengths, in this portfolio and by building a community, we collectively can make the enormous transition possible that European agri-food needs to go through during the next 7 harvests towards 2030

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.

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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!



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 fastlane@invest-nl.nl .

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?
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