Activities 2018-09-21T08:36:24+00:00


The Protein Cluster organizes webinars, business acceleration sessions, thematic events on eg legal, upscaling and positioning, summits and one-on-one experts sessions. If you want to join, let us know and we will share our the possibilities.

Upcoming activities

Summit: Proteins of the Future


The Summit

The food industry and governments are aware that plant proteins hold enormous potential – but how can consumers be convinced to change their consumption habits? This summit organized by Food Valley NL and The Protein Cluster will explore how companies can profit from sustainable proteins that benefit the planet, with speakers focusing on innovation that spans the entire green proteins supply chain, from raw material production, to new product development, to how to nudge consumers toward more sustainable protein choices.

The green proteins that will flourish in the future will not only improve sustainability and health, but also help build a circular economy that adds value for consumers and entrepreneurs alike. When it comes to the transition to more sustainable protein sources, the time for explaining the urgency of the situation is over, and the time to implement new ideas has come. Be inspired by those at the forefront of the green protein revolution.

The Programme

Summit speakers include Matthias Krön (Donau Soy association Europe), Gert Jan Gombert (Vivera), Isabel Boerdam (Week without Meat), Jeroen Willemsen (The Protein Cluster and Green Protein Commissioner), Thomas Felice (Algama), Verena Wiederkehr (ProVeg International) and Pinar Hosafc (Euromonitor International). In addition there will be numerous acceleration sessions, product/idea pitches and tastings ranging from edamame and vega mayo to seaweed and green doner-kebab. We are delighted to have Erik te Velthuis, from Topsport Restaurant Papendal, creating these new ‘foods’ on behalf of these innovative companies.

Food professional

The meeting is open to professionals working with ingredient suppliers, food manufacturers, retailers, food service and catering companies and research organizations.

For more information and tickets, click here.

Ongoing activities

The Protein Cluster organizes webinars, business acceleration sessions, thematic events on eg legal, upscaling and positioning, summits and one-on-one experts sessions. If you want to join, let us know and we will share our the possibilities.

Innovation Performance Contract (IPC) ‘Transition to Plant Proteins’

The Protein Cluster clustered 13 Dutch SME’s with innovative plant protein ingredients, concepts and technologies. In a two year period, they will work on vegan ice-cream, spreads, sausages etc. based on seaweed, hemp, (Dutch grown) soy and other protein sources.

Past activities

Co-creation session: Business opportunities in Germany

On the 12th of July The Protein Cluster organized it’s first co-creation session. These are open, interactive sessions where experts and entrepreneurs can share their knowledge and insights about a certain topic. The topic of this first session was Business Opportunities in Germany, with a focus on plant-based ingredients and food products. The session was open for all entrepreneurs with an interest in the German market.

There are great opportunities in Germany for innovative ingredients, semi-finished products and end-products based on green proteins. At the moment, the German market is often difficult to reach for Dutch entrepreneurs. The goal of this session was to jointly investigate how we can bring Germany and the Netherlands closer together, and where the opportunities lie. Discussed topics were for example: trends and facts of the German market, business regulations of the German government to stimulate the protein transition, failure and success stories from practice, and possibilities for cooperation with German partners.

Jochem Wolthuis, an expert in the German market and business opportunities from Duitsland Desk, gave an inspiring presentation based on his knowledge and expertise. The participants had different levels of experience with doing business in Germany, and could share their tips and experienced struggles. It was overall a very successful meeting.

This acceleration session was made possible by The Protein Cluster and Oost NL as part of GO4EXPORT, an incentive program for export, supported by the province of Overijssel and Gelderland.

Acceleration session: Rapeseed protein

On the 3th of July the TPC members were welcome to participate in the first acceleration session. The topic of this session was rapeseed protein and was hosted by Colzaco, a rapeseed association for East Holland.

The purpose of the Acceleration Session concept of The Protein Cluster is to accelerate introduction of new plant-protein ingredients and products. On the topic of rapeseed protein, this required the necessary creativity and practical thinking power.

Nowadays, rapeseed is primarily grown for the production of animal feed, edible vegetable oils, and biodiesel. The ‘presscake’ that remains after processing the seeds, can be used as a protein- and fiber-rich component in animal feeds, and can be further processed to produce even more oil, which can be used as bio fuel. The straw residues from cropping are a popular groundcover in stables.

The aim of this session about rapeseed protein was to discuss, with a select group of experts and entrepreneurs from various parts of the product chain, if and how it is possible to value the high-quality rapeseed protein from the presscake. An opportunity that has long been under the attention of science and companies.

The session was a great success and some interesting ideas about processing techniques and possible food ingredients and end-products based on the high-protein rapeseed presscake were discussed. The participating companies are now working together to further investigate the possible opportunities. More results will follow!

Funded Cluster Projects

The Protein Cluster initiates and coordinates national and international co-funded projects on sustainable protein.


  • IPC Transition to Plant Proteins

  • National Chain project on Faba Beans. Example Faba Beans.

  • EU Interreg Project GP4ALL (in submission)