Rethinking the planet’s nourishment

Our collective ambition is bigger than one stakeholder, one initiative or one innovation

We can only change a food system together. Local, regional, national and global parties have to join and work transparently and energetically to accelerate the transition to an efficient, inclusive, sustainable, nutritious and healthy food system.

The Food Innovation Hub Europe aims to provide scalable, socially accepted, tangible results via interventions, under the themes Nutrition & Health, Protein Transition and Circular Agrifood for the global society and the planet, co-created with game changers and frontrunners through the entire value chain so that we create a fair food system which is ecologically sustainable.

To achieve this goal, the Food Innovation Hub Europe generates, facilitates and supports international, multi-stakeholder initiatives that potentially have a high impact on the challenges of the food system in Europe.

Initiatives

The Food Innovation Hub Europe initiated several projects in collaboration with European partners. The following projects are currently in development or are implemented.

Regenerative Innovation Portfolio: building a sustainable future for farming in Europe through Regenerative Agriculture

Are you ready to join a movement that will shape the future of regenerative sourcing?

We believe that the solution to transition agricultural practices by farmers lies in cross value chain collaboration, where all partners work together in facilitating the farmer, put in the central, to transition towards regenerative practices. This is not an agricultural transition but more a value chain transition that needs a collaborative approach to come to scale.  

If you have the same ambition of scaling regenerative agriculture sourcing in Europe, we invite you to become a Core Partner of the Regenerative Innovation Portfolio and contribute to the system transformation of the agricultural system. 

What is the Regenerative Innovation Portfolio? 
The Regenerative Innovation Portfolio is a collaboration platform bringing together a wide array of actors within Europe to action the critical systemic shifts we need to fix our broken food system. The Portfolio is established as a Food Innovation Hub Europe Initiative, brought to you by Foodvalley NL and EIT Food and supported by the Food Collective. It seeks to unlock new partnerships across the food and agriculture value chain bringing practical solutions that will enable viable short and long-term business models for farmers who want to transition towards regenerative agriculture.

Our mission is to remove system level barriers to adoption of regenerative agriculture by farmers and do so by demonstrating pathways to transformation at scale, boosting the supply and value of regeneratively produced products and delivered ecosystem services, while de-risking the farmers in the transition.

Who are we looking for?  
At this phase of Portfolio development, we are looking for Core Partners who are willing to contribute to the Portfolio to help scale partnerships across the entire agricultural ecosystem in which stakeholders co-create solutions and share knowledge. This could be multinationals, investors, impact funds or other organizations focused on European regenerative sourcing at scale.

As a Core Partner, you will have the opportunity to bring your resources and expertise to create cross-value chain collaborations and initiatives that will help to demonstrate solutions that enable the adoption of regenerative agriculture at scale.

In return, the Portfolio offers a range of benefits for Core Partners: to create scalable new sourcing models, share costs and knowledge, multiply investments, learn from other innovation initiatives, and together shape the future of the regenerative food system.

Sounds good?  
Regenerative agriculture holds great potential for transformative changes to our agri-food systems. Get in touch with Jolijn Zwart- van Kessel through jolijn.zwart-vankessel@foodvalley.nl or +31 6 82096140 to receive the full Portfolio prospectus and more information on required investments and onboarding as a Core Partner. Join us today as a partner on this journey towards a sustainable future for farming.

Theme: Circular Agrifood – Regenerative Agriculture

More information about the initiative.

The winners of the Personlised Nutrition for all Challenge have been announced!

Innovative Solutions to Reduce Obesity and Malnutrition in Europe

Six multi-stakeholder groups were awarded to develop their Personalised Nutrition ideas:

  • EktaH, new nutritional solutions to reduce body weight gain
  • Delivery of Personalised nutrition bia corporate canteens based on real-time monitoring of the metabolic demands
  • Making Personalised nutrition accessible to high-risk, underprivileged population
  • Logmeal: the AI-based nutritional tracker for objective, coninuous, friendly and easy to use food intake monitoring
  • ELFI – Empowerment, Lifestyle & Food advice, Interaction
  • HYPER – Hyper personlalised nutrition to tackle obesity

A special recognistion was awarded to Vegimi – using Tech and play to increase personalised fruit and veggie consumption during early years in child health centres. 

Read more about the winning initiatives here

 

About the Personalised Nutrition for all Call:

Obesity and malnutrition are complex challenges, but by accelerating innovation in personalised nutrition, we can help to create a healthier and more equitable food system. EIT Food, Foodvalley NL and Food Innovation Hub Europe have organised a 2022 challenge: Personalised Nutrition for All!

Personalised nutrition for all is a call to action to find innovative solutions to reduce obesity and malnutrition in Europe. This year six winners were awarded €30,000 to further develop their solution, opening the possibility for further funding by EIT Food to develop their project and go to market.

Theme: Nutrition & Health – Personalised Nutrition 

Running time: 2022 to 2023

Read more about the winning initiatives here

Find innovation collaboration partners in Asia to boost the sustainable transition of the food system worldwide

Global FOODture is a project to boost the sustainable transition of the food system worldwide through international collaboration and innovation. It develops and implements a joint internationalisation strategy that facilitates access to countries outside Europe for European SMEs, specifically Japan, South-Korea, Singapore and Thailand. By organizing different activities like masterclasses, matchmaking and 2 international missions, Global FOODture will facilitate and support international innovation collaboration of European SMEs. The project focusses on food sustainability challenges with the following 5 focus areas:

  • Agriculture cultivation support solutions
  • Alternative proteins
  • Health products, functional and personalised food
  • Sustainable packaging
  • Reducing Food waste


Are you a European SME working in the above described fields? Or are you a partner from Asia and interested to meet European SMEs working in these areas? Please visit the website or register for the first activities.

Theme: Nutrition & Health, Cricular Agrifood, Protein Shift 

Running time: September 2021 to January 2024

Theme: Nutrition & Health – Personalised Nutrition 

Running time: June 2021 to December 2022

Prevent and Reduce Obesity through Personalised Nutrition by Multi-stakeholder Initiatives

Food Innovation Hub Europe is always looking for new initiatives in the field of personalised nutrition that aim to reduce obesity (within Europe and beyond).

Three initiatives received the Booster Award in 2021. They received: 30,000 euros development budget, 1 year of monitoring, visibility of the initiative and access to a large international food network. The award is intended to encourage these initiatives that support the reduction and prevention of obesity through the use of personalised nutrition tools. The 2021 winners are;

  • Happy Feet on Healthy Food
  • J.A.App (Juvenile Antiobesity App)
  • Ready to (h)eat meals tailored to gut, genes and guidelines

More information about the initiatives is available here. 

Facilitating and Supporting Learning on Entrepreneurship in the Food and Bioeconomy Value Chain

P2P FINBIO is a pan-European project. The 5 participating partners share their current support services and methods offered to SMEs and exchange good practices in order to generate insights and develop a common Design Options Paper (DOP). Participating clusters are Food and Bio Cluster Denmark (FBCD), Denmark; Corporación Tecnológica de Andalucía (CTA), Spain; Association Industries et Agro-Resources (IAR), France; Technology and Innovation Campus (BLC3), Portugal and Foodvalley NL, The Netherlands.

During the project the DOP has been developed, which is a document with learnings about the entrepreneurship support services. Interested to read the outcomes? Please visit the website to read more about the learnings of this project. 

Theme: Nutrition & Health, Cricular Agrifood, Protein Shift 

Running time: September 2021 to September 2022

Partners

Food Innovation Hub Europe started with a number of organisations in the Netherlands with a world-wide scope. Through the various networks the partnership will be extended and is open to organisations across Europe. The following organisations are the initial partners, supporting the development and the establishment of the Food Innovation Hub Europe: Wageningen University and Research, Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature & Food Quality, Unilever, DSM, Rabobank, Topsector Agri-Food and Foodvalley NL. Food Innovation Hub Europe is part of the network of Global Food Innovation Hubs initiated by World Economic Forum and facilitated by the Global Coordinating Secretariate.

The Team

The Action Team is responsible for the development and execution of the partnership and programs of the Food Innovation Hub in Europe. The Action Team will act as a focal point secretariat, implementing and developing activities with European partners:

Paola Giavedoni – Lead Global Connections, Foodvalley NL
Angelique van Helvoort – Program manager Global Coordinating Secretariat Food Innovation Hubs
Tjerna Ellenbroek – Project manager, Foodvalley NL

About

The Food Innovation Europe was launched in January 2021 as part of a global network of Food Innovation Hubs initiated by the World Economic Forum. The Food Innovation Hub Europe aims to tackle regional challenges to accelerate the transition of the food system into a fair food system which is ecologically sustainable.

Food Innovation Hubs are open and inclusive platforms for strengthening and upscaling local food innovations, transforming them into global, sustainable food solutions. Together, hubs and partners form a worldwide infrastructure and network for developing, sharing and improving these much-needed agrifood innovations.

Are you interested to read more about the Food Innovation Hubs worldwide? Please visit the website for more information. 

The World Economic Forum initiated together with public, private and civil society sector partners Food Innovation Hubs worldwide. The World Economic Forum (WEF), committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. The Global Coordination Secretariat supporting the Food Innovation Hubs in collaboration is based in Wageningen, The Netherlands. 

Get involved

Do you want to get involved in Food Innovation Hub Europe as a partner, and is your organisation based in Europe? Or do you have ideas for new multi-stakeholder initiatives to stimulate innovation or entrepreneurship in the field of Nutrition & Health, Protein Transition or Circular Agrifood? Send an email and reach out to us.