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As humans we waste far too much food. In Holland we waste about 5 billion euros on food; 200 million tons per year. Roughly speaking about 1/3 of our worldwide food production is wasted and that’s a disgrace since we know that 750 billion people don’t have enough food. ‘De Verspillingsfabriek’ (The Waste Factory) is located in Veghel and is the first large scale initiative that gives an answer to this huge foodwaste. De Verspillingsfabriek is making delicious soups and sauces out of wasted raw materials (mainly vegetables and fruits). These vegetables and fruits are obtained from wholesalers, farmers, auctions and food producing companies. High quality soups and sauces are sold to the Retail and Foodservice market. The soups and sauces are produced with the help of people with a distance to the labor market (wasted talents). We provide them a stable and safe environment in which they can develop their talents and skills. In the production area about 75% of the employees have a distance to the labor market. De Verspillingsfabriek is part of the hotspot THREE-SIXTY; the first knowledge and expert center for Circular Economy on the area of Food Waste and Social Return ; these two topics play an important role in THREE-SIXTY and De Verspillingsfabriek is the living proof that a combination of both is possible. Solutions for Food Waste problems are covered in the SOURCE SHAKERS (network of professional business partners under the guidance of the Wageningen University and Research Center).Main goal of this network is to offer companies food waste solutions and to add value to the waste in case this waste is inevitable. What can you do? Please help companies find the hotspot THREE-SIXTY in order to find solutions for waste and social return. No time to waste!

Organisation: 

De Verspillingsfabriek

Country: 

The Netherlands