Field Visit to THREE-SIXTY: Ecosystem for circular economy in action

On the 28th of November 2017, EU commissioner Andriukaitis (Health and Food Safety) and Minister Schouten (Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, NL) visited the ‘Food Waste Factory’ in Veghel, located in THREE SIXTY, the heart of the Dutch ecosystem for circular economy in food. They met with the Dutch frontrunners on food waste prevention.

Field visit program

The commissioner met with several food waste warriors and enjoyed tasting the surplus products of Kromkommer, InStock, the Yummy Guy and the Salvation Army. Several members of the Dutch Taskforce on Circular Economy in Food showed in short pitches their innovative and ground-breaking initiatives to reduce food waste.

Dutch Taskforce Circular Economy in Food

The Dutch Taskforce aims to contribute to preventing and reducing food waste, and become an international frontrunner in the valorisation of agri-food residual streams. The Taskforce is a coalition of companies across the full food supply chain, national and local authorities, a civil society organisation and other invited members.

The Food Waste Factory (De Verspillingsfabriek)

De Verspillingsfabriek is part of the ‘waste hub’ THREE-SIXTY, where numerous initiatives against food waste of both renowned companies as well as startups come and work together. The production facility of the factory produces soups and sauces from food items such as misshapen fruit and vegetables which are not marketable for that reason, or supermarket items approaching the sell-by date.