Innovation at Agrifirm: R&D and Corridors

Innovation is in the heart of our strategy to be a responsible food chain for future generations. Innovation at Agrifirm occurs in two departments. The R&D team focuses on developing solutions to help our business in being more sustainable and future proof, whereas the Corridors are testing disruptive innovations which require new business models. Both departments work closely together.

The R&D department works for the different businesses of the group across the globe (i.e. Feed, Plant Based Solutions and Specialties). With more than 50 experts in various competence centers - including labs and a farm - we are highly engaged to bring science-based solutions to our customers. All our projects focus on the following 4 themes: Circularity, Low emission, One health, and Soil & plant quality. We partner with academia and companies worldwide to speed up the innovation development cycle. 

Agrifirm believes that the food system of the future requires innovation not only within the food industry, but also across other sectors. We believe in collaboration and work closely with partners to innovate. Sometimes new business models need to be developed. To further embed this principle within Agrifirm and to create a physical place for it, we have opened the Atelier on the campus of Wageningen University. The Atelier is a hub for innovation in the heart of Dutch agritech where teams come together to collaborate, meet partners and exchange ideas. 

While Agrifirm's R&D team focuses on making the current business more sustainable, the Corridors are focusing on several specific areas of future innovation, such as: advanced ingredients, short chains, protein transition, and circularity. Within these areas, we are developing new building blocks for a future sustainable agricultural economy. The Corridors and our hub in Wageningen 'the Atelier' are all about cooperation both within the industry and across other sectors. We collaborate with innovative start-ups and new talent. 

Innovation at Agrifirm happens on various locations:

  • Atelier: our hub recently opened on the campus of Wageningen University
  • Laverdonk: our smart farming research facilities for poultry, pigs and plant
  • InnoLab: our laboratory used for in vitro analysis
  • Fermentation facility on our operation site at Bonda
  • Business locations in Drongen (Belgium) and Apeldoorn (The Netherlands)
     

Ontmoet collega's

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  • Dina, Innovation Analyst: "It gives me energy to work on innovation every day."

    You are given responsibility to work independently. If you are proactive yourself, you can achieve many things, you can continue to grow and that is something that certainly appeals to me at Agrifirm.

    Read Dina's story here

     

  • Sep, Biotechnologist: ‘We use biotechnology to make the inedible portions of certain raw materials edible.’

    'I am a biotechnologist. This means I conduct research, for example into the development of new products that contribute to a responsible food chain. This can be virtually anything such as animal feeds, fertiliser enhancers and the like. To do this, we use micro organisms in smart ways.'

    Read Sep's story here

     

     

  • Fanny, Global R&D director: "Everything starts with healthy animals and healthy soil on a farm."

    Agrifirm is of course in a change process in which innovation has a very large place. I get a lot of energy from making positive changes. 

    Read Fanny's story here

     

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Our recruiter Sela Ford looks forward to tell you more about working on a responsible food chain at Agrifirm in the Netherlands. Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have (by telephone or WhatsApp).