Seminar circular business: Agro-food waste streams: from cost to source of income

The horticultural sector produces large quantities of vegetable waste and unsalable fruit and vegetables. These waste streams can form the basis for new applications and products that can generate extra income. Consider packaging material from tomato stems, insect breeding on waste streams and valorisation of fruit press fibers to new food or beauty products.

During the seminar "Agro-food waste streams: from cost to source of income" on Thursday 21st of June some entrepreneurs come and tell their success story in the bio-based economy with waste streams. The BioBoost project investigates the circular economy. The partners will explain their research.


12.30 - 13.30 hrs
Welcome lunch with waste streams

13.30 - 15.00 hrs

  • Welcome - Veronique De Mey, Inagro
  • Explanation of the BioBoost project - Jeroen Straver, Municipality of Westland
  •  State of the Art of Waste Streams in UK, Netherlands and Belgium - Dr. ir. Lydia Smith, Head of Innovation Farm, NIAB
  • Legislation on the use of biomass - Ann Braekevelt, OVAM
  • The bio-based chain in practice: from waste streams to products - Tjibbe Winkler, Joint Initiative for Sustainable Development (GIDO)
    English translation will be provided

15.00 - 15.30 hrs
Coffee break

15.30 - 17.30 hrs
Success stories with waste streams from entrepreneurs in the bio-based economy.

  1.  Sign/Van Blankensteyn soap makers
    Cleaning products based on waste streams in horticulture.
  2. Tomabel
    Within the Tomabel-Tomato supply on the REO-auction, they think of processing a part of the product that is sold at a bottom price, into a new product such as tomato juices.
  3. Greenyard - SUSKOOL project
    Optimal valorisation of cauliflower cultivation for the frozen food industry.
  4. Millibeter
    The company uses black soldier flies to transform waste and manure into raw materials for the chemical industry and animal feed.
  5. Meam
    A Belgian company, specialized in industrial microwave technology. They present the possible applications of microwave technology in the food industry, with a focus on the stabilization of residual flows.
  6. KOMOSIE/Foodsavers
    KOMOSIE is looking for new opportunities that have a link with the social economy and the environment. KOMOSIE focuses on food savers. These are organizations that work socially with food surpluses.
  7. Verduyn
    A family business that grows, washes, sorts, cuts, packages and sells different kinds of fresh vegetables. They have the ambition to valorise vegetable waste streams.
  8. Wonky
    Wonky makes tasty and healthy dips full of 'rescued' vegetables in collaboration with food processing companies. Their goal is to creare awareness en to save vegetables in the whole of Europe.
    English translation will be provided

17.30 hrs
Closing reception - netwerking moment

Practical info

Inagro, Ieperseweg 87, 8800 Rumbeke-Beitem

Thursday 21st of June 2018

Participation is free but registration is obliged. Please register via this form.

More info
Veronique De Mey, E , T +32 (0)51 27 33 90