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EC plans ban on single-use plastic products – opportunity for biobased economy

EC plans ban on single-use plastic products – opportunity for biobased economy

The European Commission wants to get rid of disposable plastics, according to a plan that will be presented on 23 May. 

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A growing number of organizations is active in the Biobased Economy

A growing number of organizations is active in the Biobased Economy

This is shown by the annual monitoring of the National Entrepreneurial Netherlands (RVO.nl). Both industry and the Government invest greatly on renewable raw materials.

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AB InBev makes beer draff suitable for human nutrition

AB InBev makes beer draff suitable for human nutrition

AB InBev has developed a nutrient-rich breakfast drink based on dry grain residues from brewing beer. So far, that draff mainly used by farmers as feed for their cattle. The breakfast drink is already on sale in the US and might also be launched in Europe. 

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Report: "Monitoring food residual streams and food waist streams in the Flemish horticulture" available

Report: "Monitoring food residual streams and food waist streams in the Flemish horticulture" available

ILVO has teamed up with the Flemish Government  and wrote a report about "Monitoring food residual streams and  food waist streams in the Flemish horticulture".

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New EU guidelines of importance for horticultural residuals

New EU guidelines of importance for horticultural residuals

The European Commission has drawn up an action plan in 2015 to stimulate the development of the future circular economy, partly by recovering foodstuffs that are no longer intended for human consumption for various reasons, as raw materials for animal feed.

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Belgian Millibeter grows salmon with fly larvae

Belgian Millibeter grows salmon with fly larvae

Wild salmon eat fish and shrimps, but soon the first salmon grown with larvae of black soldier flies will lay on your plate. The flies are the workhorses of the Turnhout company Millibeter, who grows larvae with residual streams such as potato peels and beet pulp. The black soldier fly plays an important role in the shift to a more sustainable fishing industry. The insects serve as an alternative to fish meal and soybean meal with which fish such as salmon, trout and Pike-perch in aquaculture are grown. "Ecologically it is already, now economically it has to be more attractive", says Johan Jacobs, founder of Millibeter.

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Black soldier fly changes residual waste in feed

Black soldier fly changes residual waste in feed

According to the Belgian Federal Agency Economy about 4.5 million tonnes of vegetable waste is produced annually. This is a great potential source for the cultivation of the black soldier fly. This can easily convert residual waste of arable land, catering, supermarket and convert to useful manure, animal proteins.

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Opening new research labs Inagro and Vives

Opening new research labs Inagro and Vives

On 30 January new breeding cells were officially opened at Inagro and about 170 stakeholders gathered in Beitum to discover the novelties within the insects sector. The research team focuses primarily on the breeding of insects. In addition, opportunities are looked at to use insects for animal nutrition and processing of restaurant waste at four insect species: black soldier fly, house crickets, meal worms and Argentine cockroaches. At the opening both domestic and foreign experts were present from the industry to share their insights in different themes.

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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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