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Dutch Ministry awards grant to Foodvalley NL Healthier Food – Innovate for Good Community 


11 July 2023

The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport has awarded a project grant of €800,000 to support Foodvalley NL’s Healthier Food – Innovate for Good Community. Collectively, the community will work on solutions to improve the accessibility of food that positively contributes to health – to support healthy consumption and set in motion a decrease in malnutrition. 

The grant is a sign of support from the Dutch government for creating viable businesses and business models that work towards healthier food environments. 

Driving collective action

Foodvalley NL’s community will bring together key international players from across sectors looking to work on increasing the supply of healthier foods. These parties include start-ups, corporates, retailers, manufacturers, non-profit organisations, knowledge institutions, financial institutions and investors. Through collective action, the community will spearhead initiatives, processes and products that make the healthy choice the easy choice.

In preparing the community, Foodvalley is mapping the innovation ecosystem and collective bottlenecks that stand in the way of creating a healthier food environment. Aspects such as the levels of salt, sugar, saturated fat and fibre in food products will be considered, in line with the Dutch National Approach to Product Improvement (NAPV) and (inter)national dietary recommendations.

The Healthier Food – Innovate for Good Community is set to launch its first international partner initiatives in late 2023 and early 2024. The community is part of Foodvalley’s Food & Health Innovation Field

For more information about this community, please get in touch with Vera Hoynck van Papendrecht, Programme Manager Healthier Food at Foodvalley NL, via