Activities of the Circulair Food Center

Circular innovations in the food chain

Retaining raw materials and optimal recycling. In other words: preventing food waste. This is at the core of all initiatives at the Circular Food Center. The centre is the – online and offline – heart of:

The Food Waste Free United ecosystem.

Clusters of businesses and research institutes who put innovations into practice and develop circular business cases.

Educational programmes in collaboration with educational institutions.

Research and development programmes with the business community.

The annual Verspillingsvrije Week (waste-free week) (September), with materials for businesses and municipality to activate consumers all over the country.

Annual MBO food-waste challenge.

Activities aimed at secondary-school and higher-education students.

Unique systematic approach

Businesses from throughout chain, research institutes, social organisations, and government agencies join forces at the Circular Food Center. A unique, systematic, and combined approach is the key, focused on four lines of action:

Circular Food Center Line of action 1
Circular Food Center Line of action 2
Circular Food Center Line of action 3
Circular Food Center Line of action 4

For more information about the four lines of action, please refer to the Food Waste Free United website.

Residual streams in the circular protein chain

Waste-free cutlets and eggs are two examples of the kinds of circular chain concepts that a cluster of companies, government agencies, research institutes, and social organisations will be working on at the Circular Food Center. The objective is a circular animal protein chain in which large-scale and high-value processing of the residual streams is done to produce animal feed. Pigs and chickens can “upcycle” this food waste again into an animal protein product for human consumption such as meat or eggs. Only when residual streams are converted into animal feed on a larger scale will the ambition to reduce food waste in the Netherlands annually by 1 billion kilograms become achievable.


There are a number of reasons that make a circular animal protein chain desirable. Animal feed made from food waste has a CO2 footprint that is significantly lower than traditional animal feed. Circular animal feed also results in less pressure on natural resources, preservation of biodiversity, less dependency on the global raw materials market, and a resilient food system with sufficient nutritional food for everyone.

Voor meer informatie, download hier het Position Paper van Samen Tegen Voedselverspilling
‘Het onverkochte saucijzenbroodje terug de voedselketen in. Op naar een circulaire eiwitketen.’

Waste-free Animal Protein Products

The cluster at the Circular Food Center wants to market this narrative with valuable products. A circular cutlet on the menu or a waste-free egg on the shelves in the supermarket: these must be appealing to consumers and financially viable for businesses. Themes such as food safety and animal welfare are also important.”

In the cluster, businesses from throughout the chain work together on business models to produce distinct, circular products for supermarkets, speciality stores, or the out-of-home market. They want to scale innovations up to close cycles and are working on an appealing circular revenue model for all partners in the chain.


Participants starting in this cluster are: Boer Ruud, Darling Ingredients, Kipster, Nevedi, Nijsen company, Oranjehoen, Rabobank, Smits Bron van Energie, LOOOP and the Municipality of Meierijstad, provinces of Noord-Brabant and Limburg, and Wageningen University & Research. Food Waste Free United will have a coordinating role as a driving force behind the Circular Food Center.