Foodvalley Champions Circular Agrifood
During the last couple of months the three Circular agrifood jury members came together to select the three nominees for the Foodvalley Champions Circular Agrifood 2020 award. Participants were evaluated on (1) the innovative character of the company and (2) the impact and innovative character of (their) recent innovation(s). Even though the Circular Agrifood Summits
During the last couple of months the three Circular agrifood jury members came together to select the three nominees for the Foodvalley Champions Circular Agrifood 2020 award. Participants were evaluated on (1) the innovative character of the company and (2) the impact and innovative character of (their) recent innovation(s). Even though the Circular Agrifood Summits are postponed, the winners will be announced during the Foodvalley Summit on 13 October, from 12:50 – 13:15 CET.
Meet the nominees
With their innovative machine “Ella”, capable of gender typing chicken eggs fast and reliable, In Ovo prevents the culling of millions of male day old chicks, solving a large issue of public concern.
With OERei eggs, from chickens fed with insects bred on vegetable waste streams, Protix provides a great example of how insects, via the B2C market, are contributing to circular food systems.
Obtaining reliable and up-to-date information on water availability and crop health is more important than ever, suggests the contribution of nominee VanderSat. The company develops solutions for reducing water and pesticides use in agrifood, using satellite observations.
Meet the jury
Paula Rijkens – Innovation Manager Circular AgriFood, Foodvalley NL
At Foodvalley NL, it is Paula’s task is to stimulate the transition to a sustainable, circular food system; one without waste and with a good business model for all links in the chain. With many years of experience in sales and purchasing at multinationals and SMEs, Paula has been a project leader in education (HAS University of Applied Sciences) and government (Province of North Brabant) guiding innovation projects in the fields of residual flow evaluation, food processing and protein transition.
Gerbrand van Veldhuizen – Managing Director VanRijsingengreen
As Managing Director of vanRijsingengreen, Gerbrand van Veldhuizen is committed to the complete valorization of vegetable products. Convinced that there are still major steps to be taken in circularity in the vegetable sector, he sees the key advances coming from making optimal use of content with fewer resources and maximizing yield with minimal impact on the earth. Not surprisingly, these will be his most-important criteria when assessing entries for the Foodvalley Champions.
Carin van Huët-Laan – Director Food & Agri, Rabobank
Carin van Huët-Laan has worked at Rabobank since 2010, first as Managing Director, then as Chairman of the Board of several local banks and Regional Delegates Assembly Director for Southwest Netherlands. She has been Head of Sector Management Business Clients, and Director Food & Agri Netherlands since 2018. As Head of Sector Management Business Clients, she focuses on the strategy, financing and risk management of individual companies in all sectors. Together with her Food & Agri, Trade, Industry, Services, Healthcare, and Real Estate finance teams she envisages the major transition issues in these sectors and brings these into critical conversations with clients and trade organizations in the Netherlands, with the aim of creating societal impact.