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17 03, 2020

Rubisco foods opens factory for high-quality fractionated vegetable protein

Rubisco foods opens factory for high-quality fractionated vegetable protein

From onion peeling to cabbage leaves and water lentils: in their brand new multifunctional plant in Raalte (The Netherlands), Rubisco Foods, Foodvalley Member, are processing various types of vegetable residual streams into ‘green’ protein and other high-quality ingredients. The factory was officially opened on 5 March 2020 by Tijs de Bree, a representative of the Province of Overijssel.

High quality, sustainable protein concentrates

Rubisco Foods produces high-quality food-grade ingredients using products from local growers and residual flows from the vegetable processing industry: vegetable, clean label and organic (Skal) certified. “Imagine […]

14 01, 2020


Foodvalley NL and The Protein Cluster launch the Foodvalley Protein Facility Map to help companies to find facilities from pilot to industrial scale for the production of plant-protein containing ingredients, semi-finished products and consumer products.

The Foodvalley Protein Facility Map helps companies to find facilities from pilot to industrial scale for the production of plant-protein containing ingredients, semi-finished products and consumer products. We separate those businesses in sharing and tolling facilities. Please note that this map is ‘work in progress’. We will continuously be adding more facilities and more functionality.


Foodvalley Protein Facility Map […]

25 10, 2019

IPC-project results “Transition to Plant Proteins”

Plant protein project connects Dutch soybean chain

A two-year project, connecting every link in the local Dutch soybean supply chain from field to supermarket shelf, has just come to fruition. The results highlight the benefits of collaboration in developing new plant-protein products.

Innovation Performance Contract

Locally-grown soybeans was one of five starting points for the project, Transition to Plant Proteins, an IPC (Innovation Performance Contract). IPCs are government-subsidized cooperative projects between SMEs, in the same region, chain or sector, that collaborate in a multi-year innovation process. This particular IPC aimed to speed up the development of new products based […]

9 07, 2019

Protein Plan(et) Summit – Program

Protein Plan(et) Summit – 17 October 2019


A global  “return” to balance in protein consumption; less animal and more vegetable. During the 3rd international edition of the Foodvalley Summit: The Protein Plan(et) solutions and business ideas will be shared to strengthen the connections between meat, fish, dairy (alternatives) and vegetable industries and to find new business partners. This Protein Plan(et) Summit is an initiative of Foodvalley NL in collaboration with Wageningen University, Keygene and The Protein Cluster (TPC). 

The program is built around three themes: The Bigger Picture, The Consumer Perspective and Growing, Breeding, Soil. The Bigger […]

4 07, 2019

Winners Rethink Protein Challenge

Rethink Protein transition challenge – The Winners

ReThink Protein is an international competition for technical students. Participants were challenged to develop a business idea or prototype that is healthy, affordable and sustainable in the field of protein (transition). 27th of June the finals took place. Winning teams Grain gain (prototype) and Swap (ideation) won €5000 and support from Starthub and The Protein Cluster.

The Protein Cluster as impact partner and jury
TPC organized a masterclass during the kickoff for students. Besides, TPC was jury and coach for companies developing new prototypes the field […]

14 06, 2019

TPC- BOM Retail and plant-based products

TPC – BOM plant based products for Dutch retail

On May 29th TPC and BOM hosted an acceleration session on plant based products suitable for (Dutch) retail. Think of meat/milk/egg alternatives (or better called ‘successors’). Speakers from industry Michael Luesink (BOON) and Peter Schouten (Schouten Europe) shared their ‘road to retail’ story. A succesfull meeting with over 60 attendees.

Schouten Europe is one of the first companies specializing in development and production of plant based meat alternatives, introducing these products in Dutch and European retail shelves.

Anneke Ammerlaan is a well-known trend researcher and food watcher. As a culinary journalist […]

30 04, 2019

Protein2Food Stakeholders workshop

Horizon 2020 Project on Sustainable Production and Processing of Protein-rich Crops

PROTEIN2FOOD aims to develop high-quality food protein from multi-purpose seed crops and grain legumes, through optimised, sustainable production and processing methods in Europe. TPC members are invited to share their insights and challenges and become a stakeholder. On June 6th a stakeholders workshop will be organised.

PROTEIN2FOOD’s objectives are:

  • to develop innovative, cost-effective and resource-efficient food crops that are high in protein, with a positive impact on human health, the environment and biodiversity
  • to significantly enhance the quality and quantity of proteins from selected seed crops (quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat) […]
23 04, 2019

TPC Meets Green Protein Investors

TPC meets Green Protein Investors

On April 18th TPC hosted an acceleration session on Green Protein Investments. Investors Kim Anders Odhner from New Crop Capital, Willem Blom from Plantbase and Loet Rammelsberg from StartLife presented their views on the Green Protein world, top trends and what they are looking for in new protein propositions.

TPC members had the chance to introduce their propositions and products to the team of investors.

More information about the follow up?

Martine Boetje | Project Manager The Protein Cluster

21 03, 2019

TPC member meeting @The Green East

The protein cluster Member update

After the launch of The protein cluster end 2017, the TPC network now counts 24 Dutch SME companies collaborating and developing ingredients, technologies or food products within the area of plant protein transition.

In February the first member meeting took place at The Green East; pilot plant for green circular agri and food business. Possibilities for testing, co-developing several green protein ingredients or products is possible within the facilities of this TPC member company.

TPC represents a broad network of ingredient-, knowledge, facility suppliers in the area of plant protein innovations.

Member companies can benefit from business support, […]

13 03, 2019

Pulse Shack @ HAN Food & Business Challenge

“How can we put (more) pulses on the menu in a modern way? How can we make dried pulses trendy again?”

Students Food & Business (HAN Nijmegen) worked for a week on this challenge introduced by TPC member Pulse Shack. Students came up with practical, innovative, and creative ideas. In total over 150 students worked for several food companies within the food sector: from developing a mushroom-meat burger, food law games and new concepts for dried pulses.

“The students came up with very inspiring and useful ideas I can bring into daily practice. The winning team developed a new market stand […]

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