Industry partners


Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 139,000 people in 65 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to sharing its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business.


CBL (Centraal Bureau Levensmiddelenhandel) looks after the interests of the Dutch food retail organisations in the areas of food safety, health, sustainability and logistics/supply chain. CBL represents 29 retailers and is contact point for the food industry, NGOs, government, politics and the media. The annual turnover of the Dutch food retail organisations is more than 31 billion euros.

CSK food enrichment

CSK food enrichment supplies ingredients to the international food industry with an emphasis on dairy products. Customers can not only depend on CSK for tailor-made ingredients, but also for support in the development and improvement of new or existing products. CSK is acknowledged as a proficient and reliable supplier with many years of experience in dairy manufacturing.


Danone’s mission is ‘Health Through Food’. It entails developing products with nutritional profiles and benefits adapted to the needs of consumers and to local public health issues. Health Through Food also means improving the eating habits of individuals and promoting better nutrition, and making this accessible to all through close collaboration with scientific and health authorities. Danone is the world’s number one in fresh dairy products and number two in bottled waters and infant nutrition, and European market leader in medical nutrition. The company has about 81,000 employees and sales of around 15.2 billion euros.


Royal DSM creates innovative products and services in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences that contribute to the quality of life. DSM supplies globally to a wide range of markets and applications, supporting a healthier, more sustainable and more enjoyable way of life. Markets include human and animal nutrition and health, personal care, pharmaceuticals, automotive, coatings and paint, electrical and electronics, life protection and housing. DSM has annual net sales of 9.3 billion euros and employs some 23,500 people worldwide.

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DuPont is committed to helping solve humanity’s most pressing challenges. Ensuring ample and nutritious food supplies for people all around the world is one of the most urgent. DuPont believes there is a science to feeding the world, and as a leader in agriculture & nutrition, DuPont is committed to battling food insecurity, improving nutrition, increasing crop yields, protecting crops and ensuring the safety of the food supply from farm to fork.

fnli 100 Federatie Nederlandse Levensmiddelen Industrie (FNLI)

The FNLI is the umbrella organisation of the Dutch food industry. It represents the interests of Dutch companies and organisations in the wider European food industry and is a contact point for trade partners, NGOs, government, politics and the media. The Dutch food industry has an annual turnover of more than 50 billion euros and employs around 140,000 people.


Royal FrieslandCampina is a multinational that produces and markets natural, nutritious, high-quality dairy products and ingredients. The company has annual revenues of 9.5 billion euros, 21,000 employees, and 100 production and sales locations in 25 countries. Product ranges includes consumer milk, powder and concentrated milk, dairy drinks, yoghurts, desserts, cream, coffee creamers, baby and infant food, cheese, butter and ingredients. The business is based on a cooperative model with 16,000 member dairy farmers of Zuivelcoöperatie (Dairy Cooperative) FrieslandCampina who both own the company and supply the milk.

Fromageries Bel

Fromageries Bel specialises in developing and manufacturing affordable, high-quality, brand-name cheeses that are enjoyed around the world. Bel has 30 successful global brands, with the key attributes of being healthy and fun in nature as well as being tasty and enjoyable to share with others. Its five core brands are distributed on each of the five continents and coexist with over 20 leading local brands.

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Established in 1864 by the Heineken family, Heineken has a long and proud history and heritage as an independent global brewer. Today, Heineken is the number one brewer in Europe and the number three brewer by volume in the world. With recent acquisitions in Africa, India, Asia and Latin America, the compay continues to increase the presence within emerging markets, which will contribute to an ongoing growth. 

Kellogg Company

The Kellogg Company is the world’s leading producer of cereals and a leading producer of convenience foods, including cookies, crackers, toaster pastries, cereal bars, fruit-flavoured snacks, frozen waffles and veggie foods. The company manufactures in eighteen countries and sells its products in more than 180 countries around the world. Kellogg has always been a leader in industry, innovation and marketing. They were the first to offer premiums in retail cereal packaging and the first to fortify their cereal products.

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Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Packaging (KIDV) is a public-private partnership that aims to create a sustainable complete packaging chain via use of resources, chain management and recycling, KIDV partners with industry, academia, national and regional government, municipalities and consumers.


PepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader with net revenues of more than $65 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. Our main businesses make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world. PepsiCo’s people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet, which we believe also means a more successful future for PepsiCo. 

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Tereos, the third largest sugar producer in the world, the largest in France and the second largest in Brazil, transforms raw agricultural materials into sugar, alcohol and starch. With firm roots in the territories in which it operates, Tereos unites 12,000 cooperative partners around one shared long-term vision: adding value to agricultural production and offering high-quality food products.


More than half of Unilever’s revenues come from food and the company understands that the ingredients and formulations they use and the way they advertise and market their brands have the potential to make a big impact on global health. They accept that as their business grows so do their responsibilities. Unilever is committed to reducing ingredients such as saturated fats, sugar and salt and to actively working to reduce child obesity. Unilever employs 163,000 people, sells products in 170 countries worldwide.


Research partners


Groningen University/UMCG

Founded in 1614, it is one of the world’s oldest universities and has an international reputation as one of the leading research universities in Europe. The University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG) carries out fundamental and patient-oriented clinical research with a focus on healthy ageing in all its priority areas: research, clinical care and education. Research is carried out in the Institute of Healthy Aging (the umbrella organisation for activities such as the cohort study LifeLines), the UMCG Center for Geriatric Medicine (UCO) and the European Research Institute on the Biology of Ageing (ERIBA). 

Maastricht University/MUMC+

Maastricht University & Maastricht University Medical Centre focus on innovation. By devising new ideas for products and services the university helps to strengthen the knowledge economy, the health care sector and the legal system. NUTRIM (The School for Nutrition, Toxicology and Metabolism), based in the University’s Medical Centre, is focussed on research into metabolic and chronic inflammatory diseases. Fifteen biomedical, clinical, and behavioural-science departments are incorporated within NUTRIM. The School for Cardiovascular Diseases(CARIM), also based in the University’s Medical Centre is focussed on research into cardiovascular health and diseases, vascular biology and atherosclerosis and nutrition in relation to cardiovascular diseases.

NIZO food research

NIZO food research is one of the most advanced, independent contract-research companies in the world. The institute develops competitive technologies for new product deliverables, low-cost alternatives for product formulations or processing, and provides support on issues of food safety & quality, sustainable processing and health claims. NIZO’s food-grade pilot plant is one of the largest in the world and available for test production.

Radboud UMC

The Radboud UMC’s key strength is the combination of medical life sciences and clinical practice. The medical center has an impressive infrastructure comprising of three research institutes and our state-of-the-art technology centers. The scientists perform cross-disciplinary research regarding 18 clinically relevant research themes.


TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. With its broad knowledge, experience and expertise, TNO plays an important role in the translation of fundamental scientific insights into innovative, tailor-made applications. One of the research programmes of TNO is Food. Within this multidisciplinary programme TNO develops tailor-made solutions on the issues Food and Health, Food Innovations and Food Safety. The organization develops methods and produces insights in the following areas: short-term assessment of health effects of food products and novel ingredients, safety assessment of complex food matrices and allergenicity, early detection of emerging food risks, product reformulation, ingredient functionality and novel processing. TNO is a partner in several public-private partnerships (PPPs) and open innovation networks in the Netherlands and the European Union. 

University of Amsterdam
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a leading international research institution that values, promotes and rewards excellent research. The UvA enables researchers to perform groundbreaking research and combines a broad research palette with quality by investing selectively in research priority areas.

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Leiden University was founded in 1575 and is one of Europe’s leading international research universities. It has seven faculties in the arts, sciences and social sciences, spread over locations in Leiden and The Hague. The University has over 5,500 staff members and 25,800 students.

university-of-twente University of Twente

The University of Twente is a young and enterprising university that prepares young people for the future. 3,300 researchers and professionals work on pioneering research, relevant innovations and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. The University of Twente has a prospering campus, an ecosystem for hundreds of spin-off companies. Approximately 100 (student) companies are located on campus. In addition, THE UT has already produced more than 800 successful spin-off businesses. 

universiteit-utrecht Utrecht University

Utrecht University is an international research university of the highest quality. This has been demonstrated for many years by its high positions in international rankings. The University conducts fundamental and applied research in a wide range of disciplines. Multidisciplinary research in Utrecht focuses on four strategic themes: Dynamics of Youth, Institutions, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

VU-logo Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university. Cutting-edge research into problems of major societal and scientific importance is conducted. Ever since its foundation, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has been known for its distinctive approach to academic research and education.

Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute

The Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute performs highly innovative mycological research that contributes to the discovery and understanding of fungi and its biodiversity and potential solutions to societal challenges. The Westerdijk Institute has an encompassing and high quality collection of living fungi and related meta data that is highly utilized by public and private parties.

WUR_RGB_standard Wageningen University & Research

To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. This is the mission of Wageningen University & Research. A staff of 6,500 and a student population of 10,000, from and based in over 100 countries, are busy with issues around healthy food and healthy environment for governments and the global business community. In cooperation with industry and government, Wageningen University & Research develops new concepts and technologies directed to meeting consumer food preferences and producing safe and healthy

Public partners

 nwo-logo NWO

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research ensures quality and innovation in science and facilitates its impact on society. Its main task is to fund scientific research at public research institutions in the Netherlands, especially universities. NWO focuses on all scientific disciplines and fields of research. The funds are allocated by means of a national competition on the basis of quality and independent assessment and selection procedures. NWO plays several roles as a broad, national research organisation that actively contributes to various elements of national science and innovation policy.

TKI TKI Agri & Food

TKI Agri & Food encourages the development of new knowledge and innovations in the Dutch agrifood sector. TKI’s key tasks include drawing up an innovation agenda that has broad support from the industry, organising a program for the associated research at research institutes and supporting entrepreneurs in the development of innovations.