Food loss and wastage occurs in various links of the food chain. In the agro and food industry, large losses and side streams occur, but there are also losses at the consumer's home and at the distribution level. Only a small part of this is currently reused. There is still a need for new visions and opportunities to keep the value of food surpluses as high as possible. Moreover, combating food losses is also one of the most cost-efficient methods to save CO2.
With this project HERW!N wants to keep/make the large supply of surplus food suitable for human consumption and at the same time create added value on a social and environmental level.
We want to stimulate and support Work Integration Social Enterprises (WISE's) to make new tasty products based on surpluses from the supermarket and by-products from agricultural or food processing companies. In doing so, we aim to demonstrate our already developed, successful business model of the Restjesfabriek. Companies can count on the support of experts of HERW! N, CODUCO and VIVES to jointly start up a business model against food waste and to test it in practice.
With this project we focus on the growing market of sustainably produced products and we respond to the growing awareness of consumers about food waste. The entire chain is involved in this innovation: from suppliers and producers to consumers.
Partners VIVES, CODUCO
This project should be seen as part of an evolution. The results will be used in a large ongoing Interreg project in which VIVES is also a partner.
We continue to consult with supermarket chains to examine the possibility of using social economy companies to make products from their surpluses.
We are also part of the Food Waste Alliance, coordinated by FoodWIN. This alliance is also working on paying more attention to.