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Newsletter Bioboost December 2017

Newsletter Bioboost December 2017

In the December newsletter you will find a.o. an article about the use of vegetable and fruit waste as raw material for developing new products.

You can also read an interview with Nathalie Donkers, KAM-manager Renewi and we inform you about the name change of Van Vliet Contrans to Renewi. We also look back on a number of interesting meetings over the last few months.

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Van Vliet Contrans becomes Renewi

Van Vliet Contrans becomes Renewi

Van Vliet Contrans has been well-known in Westland for over 70 years. Most people will know them, with their characteristic red trucks and containers. Early 2017, the mother company Shanks merged with Van Gansewinkel. This was the start of a new waste-to-product company: Renewi. Both companies enhance each other, which means they can be even more ready for the future.

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From tomato fibres to cardboard

From tomato fibres to cardboard

‘We’ll always innovate’

Five questions for Nathalie Donkers, KAM-manager Renewi

The process still has to be optimised, but tests show promising results: adding tomato fibres to the production of cardboard, makes the cardboard stronger. BioBoost helps by establishing new contacts between entrepreneurs and science. Five questions for Nathalie Donkers, KAM-manager Renewi.

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Innovation with vegetable and fruit waste

Innovation with vegetable and fruit waste

Vegetable and fruit waste are raw materials for developing new products. That was the most important statement at the BioBoost seminar organised by BioBoost partner NIAB in Cambridge, on the 10th November. The main goal of this seminar was sharing knowledge and experience in the economic utilisation of green horticultural waste flows.

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Creating value from waste flows

Creating value from waste flows

During these dark days of the year, it’s best to shine as much light as possible. With that idea in the back of their heads, VIVES organised the first Light-Up café of the academic year. It took place on November 17 in the VIVES Innovation Centre in Kortrijk, Belgium.

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Bioboost partner gives presentation on the Valorisation of chicory roots

Bioboost partner gives presentation on the Valorisation of chicory roots

Bioboost partner, Bart van Droogenbroeck (ILVO) gives a presentation on the Valorisation of chicory roots and other plant residual flows.

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Networking during the Entrepreneurs’ Platform of Plant Products

Networking during the Entrepreneurs’ Platform of Plant Products

Mid-September, 12 entrepreneurs came together to share knowledge and experiences about plant products. Peter Olsthoorn from Pothosplant updated the attendees on the crop Dioscorea. This crop develops small bulbs on its root and stem, which contain substances with an anti-obesity function. Other subjects were experiences with cultivation, the cultivation system, the harvest and the necessary trajectory to get Diascorea acknowledged as a natural medicine, in order to release it to the market.

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BioBoost partners visit Vlaanderen Circulair

BioBoost partners visit Vlaanderen Circulair

On Wednesday 6 September 2017, Willem Kemmers (BioBase Greenport Westland Oostland, Netherlands), Veronique de Mey (Inagro) and Jeroen Straver (Westland municipality) visited Vlaanderen Circulair in Brussels. The Flemish government has created Vlaanderen Circulair to push forward with the circular economy as a transition priority. Vlaanderen Circulair is a cooperation between government, knowledge institutions and businesses.

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Transformation in horticulture is getting a real boost

Transformation in horticulture is getting a real boost

Program manager Jeroen Straver about BioBoost

The Westland municipality in the province of South Holland is lead partner in BioBoost. Jeroen Straver has been appointed program manager. He is optimistic about BioBoost's progress to date and the implementation of the project activities. “The transformation within the horticulture industry is getting a real boost."

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10 November: Seminar UK: Saving waste in horticulture: Optimising resources

10 November: Seminar UK: Saving waste in horticulture: Optimising resources

10:00am - 4:00pm
Sophi Taylor Building, NIAB Park Farm, Villa Road, Histon, Cambridge, CB24


Free and open to all, access independent advice and research on reducing crop and food waste and improving resource use efficiency in the horticultural and fresh produce supply chains with a mix of seminars and exhibits at one of Cambridge’s premier event locations.

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Towards a biobased horticulture

Towards a biobased horticulture

During the year event 2017 of the Greenport Westland-Oostland (NL) , the booklet 'Op weg naar een biobased tuinbouw’ (Towards a biobased horticulture) was presented. Theo Duijvestijn (Alderman of the municipality of Westland and Ambassador Biobased within the Greenport) received the first copy from the project leader Biobased of the Greenport, Willem Kemmers.

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BioBoost discussed in the UK at two events

BioBoost discussed in the UK at two events

BioBoost and its aims were discussed by NIAB at length with farmers and industry at two events in the UK. BioBoost was showcased and introduced to farming industry and the public at the Royal Norfolk show on the 28th -29th June, a prestigious annual farming event with approximately 80,000 visitors. On 27th June NIAB organised an open day where over 180 visitors were informed about the BioBoost project.

 

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