The key ambition of the Circular Food Center is to retain 1 billion kilograms of food in the supply chain.
This knowledge centre and meeting place will open in the Netherlands (CHV Noordkade, Meierijstad) this year. The initiatives at the centre will contribute to SDG 12.3 as established by the United Nations in 2015 to reduce food waste by half by 2030. Businesses, social organisations, research institutes, and government agencies will join forces here. The Circular Food Center is a key project in the Regio Deal Noordoost Brabant (northeast Brabant regional deal).
Samen Tegen Voedselverspilling (Food Waste Free United)
Together with the Dutch government, the province of Noord-Brabant, municipality of Meierijstad, and all its stakeholders and supporting organisations, the Food Waste Free United foundation aims to make the Netherlands an international example for waste-free, circular food chains. Food Waste Free United is the driving force behind the Circular Food Center and will establish its office in CHV Noordkade in the middle of 2021 as well.
“In the Netherlands, the business community, government agencies, and the research field have been systematically working together towards an integrated agenda within the ecosystem of Food Waste Free United. We want to combine this knowledge in the Circular Food Center, and inspire the rest of the world.”
“Together with our customers we are working on more sustainable packaging and better product shelf lives: Re-think! Re-duce, Re-use R-ecycle, Re-design and Re-new. An integrated approach within the supply chain is key to optimize sustainability and circularity. It is great to be able to exchange knowledge at the Circular Food Center and to find collaborations with other circularity stakeholders!”
“Genson Group specialises in growing and propagating soft fruit plants and producing strawberries, raspberries, and leeks. Circular entrepreneurship means ensuring that supply and demand are aligned in the best possible way. We do this by really collaborating in the chain. We prevent food waste by producing accurate harvest and shelf-life forecasts and by choosing the best route in the chain for each stakeholder.”
Food Waste Facts & Figures
For facts and figures about food waste and residual streams, please refer to the Food Waste Free United website.