The transition from an animal protein based to a more vegetable protein based diet is crucial to ensure the availability of sufficient food in the future in a sustainable way. The Dutch Weed Burger addressed this challenge by developing a 100 percent plant-powered hamburger, inspired by the combination of seaweed and algae with plants as the new superfoods. Researchers from Wageningen University have estimated that large-scale cultivation of sea weed can help solve the global food supply problem in a sustainable way. Its cultivation requires neither fresh water nor agricultural land and can help reduce acidification of the oceans.
In food production, firms and consumers are faced with challenges of food safety. The Pasteur Smart Sensor Tag is used in transportation to record data about food quality. It records geographical origin, handling, storage and transportation data in terms of temperature and air conditions to accurately predict remaining product shelf life. The sensor was developed by i.a. NXP Semiconductors and Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research and based on one of NXP Semiconductors' earlier sensor tag designs. Based on sensor tag data and models for various food types, predictions can be made about food quality and remaining shelf life.
Protix Biosystems tackles the challenges of food security for both humans and animals, and reduces organic waste in the process. It has developed EntoTechnology for the production of insect-based products. These include insect-based meals and high-concentration protein products that can be used in the production of food, animal feed, and pharmaceuticals. Protix grows insect larvae for the extraction of proteins and fats, and does this in a sustainable manner. Protix' technology solves a problem of increasing food and feed demands on limited land surface, and decrease food waste at the same time.
To safeguard the supply of high-quality fruits, Dutch companies TOP b.v. and JFPT Food Life present the automatic grape picking technology 'Pluckr'. With this revolutionary and patented machine it is possible to shake the grapes and berries loose for easier packing and snacking, without damaging the fruits. Picking grapes and berries manually takes a lot of time, making it relatively cost inefficient. This Dutch innovation increases productivity up to 300-600 kilograms per hour. In combination with packaging technology - AMAP (Active Modified Atmosphere Packaging) - it can even extend shelf life to 3-4 weeks.
Due to the increasing consequences of climate change, heat stresses and longer periods of drought will occur more widely and often. During these periods, both the high temperatures and water scarcity will affect the region's flora and fauna. To address this issue, the Groasis Waterboxx plantcocoon ® supports plants and trees to survive in difficult circumstances without using groundwater or electricity. By storing rainwater, and by producing and catching water from condensation, the Groasis Waterboxx distributes the collected water over an extended period. This technology uses 90 percent less water than drip irrigation while the optimal growth of a young three is stimulated.
Food waste is a worldwide problem: 30-50percent of all food in the world is wasted. Moreover, 5-10percent of fruits and vegetables is thrown away out of aesthetic considerations. Kromkommer addresses the problem of food waste and is specifically committed to reducing the waste of perfectly good quality but weird-looking food and waste due to overproduction. 'Wonky' vegetables and fruits hardly ever make it to the store shelf, regardless of their taste quality. Kromkommer focuses on raising awareness about food waste, but it also produces soup made of wonky foods, and they now look to further expand their product line.
Milk components have nutritional and functional values and health-promoting properties. To ensure that the components retain as much of their basic natural characteristics during the processing of milk, FrieslandCampina came up with an innovation called 'Milk Prism'. Thanks to new technologies, it is possible to adopt a new starting point for milk processing. Instead of taking 10 kilogram of milk to make a single kilogram of cheese, FrieslandCampina uses its new technology to separate milk into exceptionally pure, high quality products streams. The innovation enables to concentrate on specific milk ingredients that are needed for a specific application, such as casein for cheese production. After a test phase, the first installation was taken into use in the Netherlands in 2010.
With an estimated global population of more than 9 billion in 2050, food production- and quality is a major issue nowadays. To reduce food waste and extend shelf life, Corbion developed 'Utra Fresh', a baking innovation that sets a new standard for sustained and enhanced baking goods. Furthermore, it improves the freshness across the entire lifecycle of the product. Apart from shelf life extension the blend also has a positive effect on the taste of the baked products. Other ingredients such as sugars, high-fructose syrup and yeast can even be reduced. The eventual aim of 'Ultra Fresh' is to reduce food waste as an result of the extended shelf life.
In Holland, 8 million cars remain unused for approximately 23 hours a day. In 2011, Victor van Tol and Pascal Ontijd, decided to address this challenge and founded SnappCar: an online community where nowadays more than 120.000 Dutch, Danish and German consumers share their cars: the cars are all-risk insured, participants are screened carefully and SnappCar offers 24/7 help and service. As a frontrunner in the sharing economy, but also as a social enterprise and B corp, SnappCar aims to make a positive change for society by contributing to stronger social networks in cities and communities, reducing CO2 emission and saving costs.
Too high sodium salt consumption leads to health problems and high costs for society. Many governments, WHO and Food Multi Nationals around the world have initiated sodium reduction programs. The biggest challenge in sodium reduction for Food industry is remaining taste and shelf life of the products. AkzoNobel Salt Specialties introduces breakthrough one-to-one sodium reduction solution for processed meat: OneGrain mineral salt. OneGrain contains the optimal balance of sodium salt, potassium salt and natural flavor. Since all ingredients are homogeneously combined into a grain, OneGrain mineral salt is effective and a true one to one replacement of regular salt.
Fossil fuels are not endless. To stimulate the sustainable development of the transportation and logistics sectors, a joint-venture of Royal DSM and POET, LLC developed a cost-competitive fuel that cuts emissions, creates jobs and improves energy security. The companies initiative 'Advanced Biofuels' is the first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant that has opened for business. Their revolutionary technology converts agricultural residue into renewable fuel. This process takes place in both companies' plant where baled corn cobs, leaves, husk and stalk are converted into renewable fuel. This development marks a huge step forward in the wider adoption of biofuels.
Currently, dairy cows are all treated similarly while they have individually needs that when catered to may improve milk quality and production. Lely Astronaut robotic milking system is a flexible and fully trained robot that can milk cows from preparation to post-treatment in an animal-friendly way. On conventional dairy farms production can increase up to 10-15percent by using this milking robot. The system also allows many factors to be monitored on an individual cow basis. This enables the farmer to treat the cow individually again, which can improve the cow health, result in short calving intervals and reduce feed costs.
To secure global food supply in a highly efficient manner, BrightBox developed growth models for multilayer cultivation. Multilayer cultivation without natural sunlight makes crop production possible independent of seasonal influences, and climate and weather conditions. BrightBox is a center of expertise in the field of city farming, where research is conducted by a variety of academic and industry parties into optimal plant growth models. In these studies quality and production optimizing conditions are measures for light, air, temperature, nutrition, water and substrate. Applying these growth models can lead to higher cost-efficiency, faster cultivation, and higher quality products.
Avantium contributes to the biobased economy by reusing organic waste. Avantium's YXY technology is used to make PEF plastic out of plant-based materials such as corn, waste paper, sugar cane and agricultural waste. PEF can be used in range of different products that are now made of regular plastics. Avantium aims to use the technology to put the first 100percent biobased plastic bottle on the market. PEF has superior properties to regular plastics, because it is stronger - thereby reducing the amount of packaging material needed - it extends shelf life and it is compatible with existing waste and recycling streams.
As a part of global food and health challenges, we must find a way to accelerate the demand in the market for meat alternatives. Ojah produces Plenti products - available in the Netherlands under the name Beeter. These products are a gluten-free, 100percent plant-based food substitute for meat and fish; they consist mainly of soy, acquired from sustainable sources. Products are rich in protein and maintain meat or fish like textures. The firm generally distributes its product unflavored to large-scale retail outlets, who then market products with added flavoring.
Food security is major challenge globally due to growing populations and high levels of urbanization. Quality, quantity and location of food production are becoming increasingly important. Certhon has developed a multi-layer growing system and production growth chambers in which crop cultivation takes place in a fully controlled climate, without natural sunlight. The system integrates i.e. cooling and heating installations, irrigation, LED lighting and the possibility to cultivate on multiple levels, ventilation systems, internal transportation, and a turnkey ICT system. As climate conditions can be fitted exactly for specific crops, these growing systems improve product quality and increase productivity.
The Venco Campus is a unique concept where sustainability, innovation, flexibility and transparency are the basis of a future-proof shelter for various companies in the poultry industry. With the completely new Venco Campus a target has been set to serve as an international knowledge, research and innovation center for the poultry industry. Hence, the entire poultry world is welcome in this particular building. Through cross-pollination, the Venco Campus intends to play its part so that the sector can maintain its leading position in the world.The campus is BREEAM-NL Outstanding certified for its energy efficiency and sustainability.