More than 20 nationalities at Food Valley Expo

The 2015 Food Valley Expo offered a wide range of innovative food products, new technology and the latest developments concerning food and health. With some 900 visitors from more than 20 nations, it was a prime networking event. This year’s Food Valley Award went to Peeze Coffee Roasters’ biobased coffee capsules.

Now in its 11th year, Food Valley Expo was a two-day event for the first time. Visitors from more than 20 countries, including New Zealand, Poland, Ghana, Thailand and the USA, traveled to the Wageningen University campus to catch up on the latest agro-food innovation developments.  Eighty participants took the Food Valley Excellence Tour and visited innovation-driven companies both on and off campus.

Day 1 of the Expo was dedicated to practical applications of scientific findings on salt reduction, gut health, plant-based substances and agro-food IT. On Day 2, there were keynote addresses about city farming and innovation in the dairy industry. In one address, Startup Delta’s Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau discussed the future of agro-food startups. “The Netherlands is an agro-food innovation giant,” said Van Oranje-Nassau. “But if we want to maintain our pole position and continue to grow, we need to attract capital and choose the right business partners. We must show that we are proud of our achievements and spread the word,” he urged the audience.

The trade show offered plenty of networking opportunities. Many exhibitors and visitors sowed the seeds for new, joint business ventures. Attendants expressed their appreciation for Food Valley Expo’s unique proposition: providing a platform for innovation-driven businesses from different industries as well as from different vertical positions in the production chain. As in previous years, Food Valley Expo was organized by Food Valley NL.