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:
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:
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.
“At the Circular Food Center, a cluster of chain partners and research institutes is working on a circular animal protein chain. Co-products from the food chain play an important role in this. The co-products of animal origin are sourced locally, and they also have high nutritional value. In conjunction with a low carbon footprint, they ensure that the animal protein chain can become more efficient and healthier. This concept is therefore well-suited to the circular economy.”
“If we want to move towards a circular feed and food system, then our concepts of the chain must be replaced or enhanced by circular business models. This translates to a value-driven collaboration between all stakeholders.” With Kipster chicken and pig feed, Nijsen has already proven that it is possible to transform waste into high-value sustainable food, and he sees participation in the Circular Food Center as the way to move from “thinking” to “acting”.
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‘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.