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Innovation Centre Potato Starch cooperative Avebe to combine knowledge and stimulate cooperation

New Innovation Centre Avebe to combine knowledge and stimulate cooperation

After a construction period of more than a year, the new Avebe Innovation Centre at the Zernike Campus in Groningen was inaugurated Friday by René Paas, Commissioner of the King for the province of Groningen (center).
Bert Jansen, Avebe CEO (left) and Edward van der Meer, managing director of project developer Triade (right) are joining him.

September 30, 2018
After a construction period of more than a year, the new Avebe Innovation Centre at the Zernike Campus in Groningen was inaugurated Friday by René Paas, Commissioner of the King for the province of Groningen

Employees of potato starch manufacturer Avebe have now started working at the centre on innovations in the field of potato starch and potato protein.

The first startup has already moved into the building and the next companies are already eager to become part of this innovation hotspot in Agrifood.

Built by construction consortium BAM/Trebbe on behalf of project developer Triade, the building is a complete innovation centre including a laboratory, a test facility, offices and a customer innovation centre.

Avebe has moved all its existing lab facilities to the new building at the Zernike Campus in Groningen. The Groningen knowledge institutes Groningen University, University Medical Centre Groningen and Hanze University of Applied sciences Groningen create a strong link when it comes to cooperation in education and research.

In addition to Avebe’s own space for offices and research, the building also has space for startups in the Innolab Agrifood, developed by Campus Groningen and partners.

Innolab Agrifood stimulates and facilitates entrepreneurship. It provides lab facilities, but also business support, including in the areas of business development, strategy, intellectual property and patenting. This Innolab presents opportunities for students and innovators to further develop their own initiatives.

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Inside view of Avebe's new innovation Centre (Courtesy: Geert Klein Lebbink via Twitter)

Bert Jansen, Avebe’s CEO:

“Innovation is in our DNA and helps us to achieve a good return for our members, not only today but also in the future.”

“By combining forces, this can now be done faster, better and more efficiently. This will enable us to respond even better to market developments.”
During the opening, more than 200 guests experienced for themselves what is happening in the area of potato starch and potato protein innovation.

Visitors were given the opportunity to visit the laboratories after the festive opening ceremony to see for themselves and sometimes also to taste the products in which the ingredients from the potato are used. Potato starch and protein are used in food, animal feed, construction and industry.

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Impression of the construction of the Avebe Zernike Innovation Centre in Groningen, The Netherlands.

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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. 
Starch manufacturer Avebe has moved all its research activities on potato starch and potato protein to its recently opened innovation center at the Zernike Campus in Groningen, The Netherlands