Companies that want to get started with innovations for a circular food chain can make use of the voucher scheme of Samen Tegen Voedselverswilling. The scheme encourages companies to prevent food wastage and optimize residual streams. Participating companies can, for example, engage experts, develop a business case or scale up an innovation to production level. The voucher reimburses half of the costs of the project, the other half is contributed by the company itself. The value of the voucher is between € 5,000 and € 17,500.
The scheme has been made possible by a financial contribution from the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature & Food Quality and Rabobank and is supported by the Regional Development Agencies. Entrepreneurs wishing to make use of this scheme can find the rules of the game and the application form via this link.
Saskia van der Laan, manager business solutions at Samen Tegen Voedselverswilling: "Entrepreneurs who take a step higher on Moerman's Ladder are working on pure profit. Every euro a company invests in a proven solution against food waste pays for itself fourteen times over."
New Yespers production line: maximum valorization of fruit
Breakfast and snack producer Yespers is participating in the voucher scheme. Stefan Baecke, founder of Yespers: "We are working on a new pilot production line for fruit processing, with which we are not only looking at the most efficient output, but also at maximizing the value of the input. In order to hire the necessary expertise from Wageningen University & Research and set up an efficient process, we applied for a voucher. Thus, we are taking a step forward towards an inclusive and sustainable food chain. Reducing food waste lowers the footprint, provides opportunities for more income for farmers and creates more jobs."
Realize investments and develop new business case
Alain Cracau, head of Sustainable Transitions at Rabobank: "Our objective is to encourage as many companies as possible to take initiatives to prevent food waste and, where possible, to add as much value as possible. By using the voucher scheme more broadly, we help companies even better realize their investments in this and ultimately develop a new business case."
About the Foundation Together Against Food Waste
The Foundation Together Against Food Wastage, based in Meierijstad, is the ecosystem in which all major initiatives, expertise and forces against food waste in the Netherlands are brought together and accelerated. In it, companies from across the chain, government, civil society organizations and knowledge institutions work on a joint agenda with the concrete goal of retaining an additional 1 billion kilograms of food within the food chain each year. The foundation was established in December 2018 and resulted from the Taskforce Circular Economy in Food. Bearing organizations of the foundation: Food Tech Brainport, Municipality of Meierijstad, Ministry of LNV, Province of Noord-Brabant, Rabobank and Wageningen University & Research.
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