Potato, the cornerstone of the traditional Dutch dinner. Yes, but much more than that. It contains tools for other foods, raw materials for medicine and who knows more. Potato processing giant Avebe from Veendam is looking for it together with the University of Groningen and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences.
Binders to keep yoghurt on thickness, build adhesives with exceptional quality, coatings. Avebe extracts everything from the potato. But there's more in it, knows the company. Proteins suitable for human consumption, for example. And fiber, minerals. "We are convinced that we can make many alternatives to E-numbers," says financial director Ed Kraaijenzank.
The Research & Development department of the company can not do this alone. And that's not necessary either. The connections of science and education are available and their is a lot of mutual trust. This trust has ensured that Avebe builds a very new research institute at the Zernike Campus in Groningen (Innovation Centre). In alliance with the RUG and the Hanze University.