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Hessing’s dream of an emission-free factory

Hessing Supervers produces sliced vegetables, processed fruit and meal-sized salads, as well as more than 800 ready-to-eat fresh products. One thing that sets the company apart from the competition, in Hessing’s view, is the production volume. ‘If you invest €50,000 in a tub, a slicing machine and a few knives, you can do what we do. The difference is that we have over €50 million worth of materials, and we send four million packets to the Dutch market every week.’ To achieve the student event Market Match, Rotterdam Food Cluster sought out partners from all the different links in the chain; as the market leader in cut vegetables and fruit, Hessing was the logical choice. Frank Hessing, General Director of Hessing Supervers, talks to us about the current labour shortage and his dream of an emission-free factory.

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Download research ‘The innovation capacity of the Rotterdam Food Cluster’

On 11 September, entrepreneurs Meiny Prins (Priva), Thijs van den Heuvel (Fresh Pack Logistics) and Jan Brouns (Urban Industrial) received the first copies of ‘The innovative capacity of the Rotterdam Food Cluster’ (‘Het innovatievermogen van het Rotterdam Food Cluster’), a collection of studies in the field, from Sharon Janmaat (Rotterdam Food Cluster) and Niels van der Weerdt (Erasmus Centre for Business Innovation). This collection is the first in a series of publications titled Food for the Future and focuses on how our region achieved a leading position on the global food market and how companies (must) innovate if the region is to hold on to that position.

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The Greenery responds to big data and robotisation

The Greenery’s mission is to make fruit and vegetables affordable and accessible for consumers. The company pursues this goal through its active interactions with its chain partners: its own growers, distribution centres, packaging designed in-house, a professional marketing department and with European retail customers. 'No one else has brought all these aspects in-house the way we have, in terms of both the range of products on offer and the commitment of all the links in the chain.' Pieter Hogeveen, The Greenery's innovation manager, talks about innovations at The Greenery, ranging from products and packaging to big data and process optimisation. He also gives us an insight into the company's participation in Market Match, the event at which 200 young people spent two days developing new concepts to rejuvenate the food sector.

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What is the Rotterdam Food Cluster?

Rotterdam Food Cluster stimulates employment opportunities, entrepreneurship, innovation and collaboration in the regional food sector. The focus is on three programs: World Food Park, Food for the Future and Feeding the City.

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News 8 October 2018
News 8 October 2018

Market Match: students designing innovative concepts for the food sector

On 5 October, 200 students presented their innovative solutions for the food sector. The winner of Market Match is ’Goed Brood’.

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Food jobs

New food jobs

The food sector is highly versatile and offers ample career prospects. The Rotterdam Region alone features more than 43,000 jobs in the food sector and more than 8,000 job openings that can be filled per year. Here you'll find interesting food-related job openings in logistics, HR, marketing, research, sales, supply chain, and production.

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Project

World Food Park: Smart Logistics

Economies of scale, automation and digitisation To ensure that its operations are future-proof, Rotterdam Food Cluster is anticipating the increasing need for economies of scale,...

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Project

World Food Park: Human Capital Pool

Agrilogistics companies are forced to employ flex workers for a significant share of their activities during peak periods due to the seasonal nature of the...

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Project

Food for the Future

New business models A research agenda has been compiled with the title 'Food for the Future'. How is food entrepreneurship stimulated in and around Rotterdam...

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The most important food updates for you!

We'll gladly keep you up-to-date with the latest developments and innovations in the Rotterdam Food Cluster. Read inspiring stories about businesses in the food sector and don't miss out on a single food event.

Facts & Figures

The Rotterdam Food Cluster in numbers.

Within the Rotterdam Food Cluster, we work with more than 8,000 businesses and many educational institutions in the region on a daily basis, providing innovative solutions for logistics, trade, production, and processing.

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News 7 August 2018
News 7 August 2018

Cool Fresh invests in the future of people and food

Cool Fresh wants to promote the food sector by adopting an overseas mentality. As part of this, the company is investing in creating a greater...

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Food jobs

Post your food jobs?

Within the food sector more than 8,000 job openings can be filled per year. Would you like to profile your company and post your vacancies on our website?

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An innovative food-related idea or a question?

Do you have an innovative idea? Would you like to share your vision on food? Or, are you looking for a party to collaborate with? We'll gladly give you the space to share your story on our platform and will connect you with the right party.

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Facts & Figures

Ongoing research into innovations.

Within the Rotterdam Food Cluster, a great deal of research is done into topics such as the future of education in the food sector 'Food for the Future', Valorisation of Waste, World Food Park and sustainability and circularity.

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Feeding the City

We want to make Rotterdam the healthiest city in the Netherlands. Not just for ourselves, but also to create new revenue models and markets elsewhere. Every day, our region works on solutions to current and future (international) food issues. The Rotterdam region is a front runner in research into plant compounds, personalised food and greening schools. We will continue doing this at full speed.

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Food for the Future

The food industry is digitising, innovating and made sustainable at record breaking speed. This international environment offers many opportunities to research and educational institutions, and the employees and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Together with businesses and knowledge and education institutes we stimulate the industry’s innovation capacity and prepare the next generation for the future.

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World Food Park

The world is preparing for The Next Economy. This economy of the future is all about digital, data and smarter use of resources, energy and waste flows. With World Food Park, Rotterdam Food Cluster stimulates cooperation focused on the transition to innovative products, sustainable logistics and even more favourable business conditions for the food industry as a whole.

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