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Dutch Potato Industry establishes Holland Innovative Potato (HIP) for major investment in research

Dutch Potato Industry establishes Holland Innovative Potato (HIP) for major investment in research

Dick Hylkema (Managing Director, NAO) will chair the board of the newly established organisation Holland Innovative Potato (HIP)

September 26, 2017
Ten Dutch potato (processing) companies and two associations have established Holland Innovative Potato (HIP) to facilitate and coordinate joint pre-competitive research activities.

Research is focused on improvement of the quality, yield and efficiency in the cultivation, logistics and processing of potatoes. The objective is to create practical solutions for products and processes that can be implemented by 2027 in order to strengthen the position of the potato as a global food crop and to enable the potato supply chain to meet consumer demands.

The participants in Holland Innovative Potato (HIP) include the six major potato processors operating in the Netherlands, several potato breeding companies and the association of the potato processing companies (VAVI) as well as the association representing the potato trade (NAO).

Board members

The participating organisations have appointed a board for Holland Innovative Potato (HIP), consisting of Dick Zelhorst (Aviko), Robert Graveland and Dick Hylkema (NAO). The board members are appointed for three year. Dick Hylkema is taking on the role of chairman. Bernard de Geus is appointed as HIP coördinator, while Hylke Brunt (VAVI) will become HIP secretaris.

Building blocks

HIP will be created from building blocks, each block consisting of a separate research program. These blocks together in cohesion are expected to drive potato research focused on quality, yield and efficiency.

A first bock is now starting in the form of call for research projects for a HIP NWO-TTP partnership. This partnership is financed by the 'Nederlandse Wetenschappelijke Organisatie voor Onderzoek (NWO)', research area 'Toegepaste en technische wetenschappen' (TTW), the members of Holland Innovative Potato and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Call for Projects

The call for projects was opened by NWO-TTW on September 21, 2017 and project proposals should be submitted prior to January 11, 2018.
A total budget of € 4,5 million is available for the first Holland Innovative Potato research building block.

Participants Holland Innovative Potato (HIP)

Participants Holland Innovative Potato (HIP) include the six major potato processors operating in the Netherlands:

four companies active in potato breeding:

and two associations representing the sector:

Companies in this Article
Bejo is a leading company in breeding, production and sales of vegetable seeds, with operations in more than thirty countries.
Since its establishment back in 1920, C. Meijer B.V. has always remained a family business. They are breeding new potato varieties, delivering high-quality seeds to growers, or supplying raw materials for the processing industry.
The Dutch Potato Processing Industry (Vereniging voor de Aardappelverwerkende Industrie) represents the Dutch Potato Processing Industry (french fries, dehydrated potato products)
Farm Frites offers a complete range of French fries and potato products, either deep frozen or fresh. Farm Frites is a total supplier for all kinds of potato products with ambitious growth ambitions. Farm Frites works together with Simplot.
Holland Innovative Potato (HIP) is a Dutch organisation of potato companies established to facilitate and coordinate joint pre-competitive research
Lamb Weston / Meijer is one of the larger manufacturer of French Fries and Potato specialties in Europe, with 4 production facilities in the Netherlands (Kruiningen, Oosterbierum, Bergen op Zoom as well as the former Oerlemans production site in Broekhuizenvorst) and one in Wisbech in the UK (previous Garden Isle plant) and one in Austria (Frisch und Frost).
McCain potato processing facility in Lewedorp ('s-Heer Arendskerke), the Netherlands
The Nederlandse Aardappel Organisatie (NAO; Dutch Potato Organisation) represents the interests of the Dutch potato sector, including the seed potato industry, the table potato industry and the sector producing potatoes for processing. 
PepsiCo is one of the world's leading food and beverage companies with over $65 billion in net revenue in 2012 and a global portfolio of brands, including several savory snack brands.
Avebe is a main manufacturer of potato starch, located in the Netherlands. Avebe sells native and modified potato starch globally for use in food, feed, paper, building, textiles and adhesives industries. 
Solynta is a Dutch company that has developed and patented a breakthrough (non-GMO) technology to speed up the potato breeding process (F1 hybrid potato breeding).
Aviko is one of the four largest potato processors in the world and is European market leader of fresh, frozen and dried potato products. Aviko provides appropriate potato products for every market (foodservice, retail or industry).