HAS University of Applied Sciences and Food Tech Brainport are working together on an expertise center for sustainable food processing

27 November 2019

HAS University of Applied Sciences and Food Tech Brainport have agreed on working together on an expertise center for sustainable food processing.  In 2019 they both signed the cooperation agreement to set up this expertise center for SMEs (+) for the next 4 years. The focus of this center is on reducing industrial food waste and is committed to utilize by- and residual flows through mild preservation and mild separation technologies.

We are stronger together. It has been a long wish of both parties for them to work together more intensively. “We are excited that we are now structurally implementing our partnership with HAS University of Applied Sciences,” says Jos de Boer, managing director of Food Tech Brainport. “We both work on our food for today and tomorrow. The student and lecturer shoulder to shoulder along with the entrepreneur and politician make the difference in the field of healthy nutrition and efficient food processing. With the knowledge from HAS and the lab, demo and production facilities at Food Tech Brainport, we can provide even more added value to companies who want to optimize their processes and improve the quality of their product. It is  great that we are joining forces. ”An important research line of the HAS research group is Sustainable Processing. It is making food production processes more sustainable and thus contributing mainly to Sustainable Development Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production). The research group and Food Tech Brainport will now work together on this field. The form in which both parties will cooperate is of a fieldlab in which applied research is central. “We focus on long-term program lines,” says Elies Lemkes-Straver, lecturer Sustainable Producing in the agrifood sector. “This is the basis for the expertise center. Students play an important role in the research: our ambition is that there are 4 internships, 2 projects and 4 professional assignments each year commissioned by companies. The facilities and infrastructure in Food Tech Brainport provides a unique basis for carrying out these professional assignments. ”

Financial support comes from gemeente Helmond and stimulates the cooperation between HAS University of Applied Sciences and Food Tech Brainport by making a financial contribution. The collaboration fits perfectly with the robust triple helix structure, which permanently strengthens the economic profile in the food industry. In addition, the cooperation makes a major contribution to social challenges faced by the government in the field of sustainability and circularity. “We are very pleased with this strong connection between HAS University of Applied Sciences and the business community through Food Tech Brainport and the opportunity it gives us to operate close to businesses in Helmond. In doing so, we demonstrate our commitment to broad developments in Brabant, Limburg and Zeeland, ”says Dick Pouwels, chairman of the Executive Board of HAS Hogeschool.


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