20 01, 2022

Meet Leo Koning, our new Community Manager!

Meet Leo Koning, our new Community Manager!

My name is Leo Koning, and I will be joining Foodvalley NL as the new Community Manager for The Protein Cluster (TPC).

What Leo adds to the Foodvalley team

I am excited to contribute to the transition for more tasty, affordable, healthy, and sustainable food. To do this successfully, I will use my energetic & positive approach to create engagement with our stakeholders to participate actively in this journey. I believe that working together, sharing best practices, ideas, and focusing on common interest, is the way to make this happen. I have over 25 years […]

19 01, 2022

Interview Angry Camel: “No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it”

Interview Angry Camel: “No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it”

Angry Camel consists of two enthusiastic entrepreneurs Kotaiba and Bakr, originally from the Middle East. Although they both came from the Middle East, Kotaiba lives in Sweden while Bakr lives in Germany. Both want to bring innovative oriental healthy snacks and superfoods to the market.

Challenge the existing snacking ecosystem

Kotaiba studied for a Ph.D. in service marketing and management with a focus on food ecosystem innovation and previously worked in logistics, sales and marketing. Bakr studied food technology and worked for a Swiss company […]

18 01, 2022

Interview Jack Link´s: Explore and connect within the field of plant proteins

Interview Jack Link´s: Explore and connect within the field of plant proteins

As a world leader in branded protein snacks, Jack Link´s has a long-term vision for sustaina-ble growth. They have a global presence and a strong position in Germany, the United King-dom, Belgium and the Netherlands, selling high-quality salami snacks and beef jerky pro-duced by their world-class production facilities.

Jack Link´s has a keen eye on sustainability. For example, they are committed to reducing their overall carbon footprint and give consumers a wide choice of plant-based meat alternatives in addition to meat.

First meat-analogue

Jack Link´s believes it is important to continue […]

17 01, 2022

Interview Ostara: Striving for sustainability with three main pillars

Interview Ostara: Striving for sustainability with three main pillars

Ostara Innovations B.V. focuses on innovating technologies in the field of agri-food and nutrition. They do this by identifying new and exciting research opportunities for the downstream Agri-Tech industry and use their ability to support renowned institutions working on sustainable solutions for the future.

Ideas, Research and Development

Ostara looks for the right idea that fits their values and has potential to become a fully developed product. Furthermore, they support research in downstream agricultural technology, giving the product a chance in modern marketplaces and with conscious consumers. They also support research and development […]

8 04, 2021

Dutch Protein Shift Ecosystem Mapped

Dutch Protein Shift Ecosystem Mapped

The Netherlands is referred to as a Global Plant-based protein Powerhouse. The Protein Cluster created a non-exhausting overview of over 50 Dutch organisations, initiatives, programmes and clusters shaping the future of protein, including their primary focus areas. The overview was presented during the March 11th community meeting and can be found here.

Is there an initiative missing? Send your suggestion to info@theproteincluster.com. A database of over 200 Dutch post-harvest companies active in the Protein Shift sector will be published soon.

5 11, 2020

Protein transition across regional borders allows entrepreneurs to flourish

Protein transition across regional borders allows entrepreneurs to flourish

Helping entrepreneurs by stimulating inter-provincial cooperation and thereby increasing the national and international impact of initiatives within the protein transition. It is the goal of a joint initiative of the provinces of Gelderland, Overijssel, Zeeland, Noord-Brabant and Flevoland – within The Protein Cluster. “This will enable entrepreneurs to fulfill their ambitions for sustainable protein, better and faster,” says Jeroen Willemsen, Innovation Manager at Foodvalley NL. The collaboration starts, officially, on 13 October 2020, during the Foodvalley Summits.

Entrepreneurs, who have committed to the protein shift, have been receiving support from […]

1 11, 2020

Innovation Scan Protein Shift: Netherlands and Singapore can strengthen each other

Innovation Scan Protein Shift: Netherlands and Singapore can strengthen each other

The market for sustainable proteins is growing rapidly, in both the Netherlands and Singapore, creating significant collaboration opportunities for entrepreneurs. A recent innovation scan, by Foodvalley NL and Enterprise Singapore (the key government agency developing Singapore as a startup hub) absolutely confirms this. The scan-report was presented during the Foodvalley Summit Protein Shift, on October 13, 2020.

“The Netherlands and Singapore are international leaders in R&D and knowledge-intensive systems, and there are many innovative players in the sustainable proteins market,” says Miranda van Dijck, Foodvalley Innovation Analyst closely involved in […]

5 10, 2020

M-Industry: “Student collaboration brings a fresh perspective”

M-Industry: “Student collaboration brings a fresh perspective”

Three interesting concepts for plant-based products, new millennial consumer insights and lots of inspiration are the outcomes of a two-month collaboration project between Swiss-based M-Industry and a multidisciplinary team of Wageningen Masters students. M-Industry has integrated the input into their strategic analysis and is establishing a follow-up project.

M-Industry, part of the Migros Group – Switzerland’s largest food retailer – produces over 20,000 high-quality food and non-food products, making it one of the largest own-brand producers in the world. “We are currently expanding our plant-based portfolio and have joined Foodvalley to accelerate our […]

26 05, 2020

Protein Market Insights

Plant-Based consumer purchase trends

As The Protein Cluster, we took the initiative to bring together insights of the plant protein market and to share our own view on the potential of this market. We have marked some opportunities in plant-based food products and also highlighted the split in ingredients that this market requires. We see a plant protein ingredient gap coming up, which can be a challenge to this tremendously growing market. However, within our cluster (and not limited to) we see many ingredient companies jumping into this huge potential.

Check out the full infographic with insights by downloading it […]

7 05, 2020

Watch The latest plant protein ingredients Webinar

Watch The latest plant protein ingredients Webinar

On Wednesday April 22 The Protein Cluster & Protein Directory hosted a webinar about The latest plant protein ingredients. Now you can watch it online!

A combination of sharing insights and making new business connections on the topic “the latest plant protein ingredients”. In the plenary start and during various ingredient pitches you are updated on the latest protein ingredients. Below you can find the program.

Program

Welcome by Protein Directory & The Protein Cluster
Overview of developments in the plant protein market by Jeroen Willemsen, The Protein Cluster

Ingredient pitches (5 min each)
1. Fava […]

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