Living Lab #4: Mobile food valorisation as a service

Biorefinery to realize a zero waste concept

Mobile food valorisation as a service

The aim of this Living Lab is to demonstrate that innovative processing solutions exists which can be marketed as a service for optimizing the processing of edible FLW biomass.

The technological feasibility and economic viability of the business model and how the revenues can or need to be distributed throughout the new potential value chain(s) will be studied. 


  • This Living Lab will evaluate and demonstrate the possibility of a mobile processing unit built in another EU project, the Food in a Box project (FOX).
  • The unit has the potential to process over 500 kg of fresh biomass/h

Underutilized biomass

Significant volumes of high-quality biomass remain underutilized or are used as feed or for energy generation, while opportunities exist for turning them into high added-value food products.

Moreover, their availability is variable and hence the equipment needed to deal with the processing of these fractions into stabilized, added value intermediate or end products needs to be flexible and versatile.

Such processing capacity is not available in most regions but is highly wanted/needed, especially at critical timepoints in almost every production season, e.g. due to surplus production, climatic conditions, a storm destroying fruit & vegetables for fresh market, a crisis (e.g. Covid-19, Russian Boycott of EU import of pomefruit, war in Ukraine).

Also, transporting relatively small and seasonal food surplus quantities to valorisation facilities is prohibitive due to its cost. 

Mobile processing unit

This Living Lab will evaluate and demonstrate the possibility of a mobile processing unit built in another EU project, the Food in a Box project (FOX).

Mobile processing unit

Mild processing technologies for fruit and vegetables

FOX stimulates short food supply chains for fruit and vegetables by applying small innovative mild processing technologies.

The approach creates business opportunities for regional hubs and provides qualitative processed foods to be indulged by the local community. 

Living Lab partners

These goals match entirely wit the goals of the ZeroW project. ILVO is coordinating this Living Lab, and collaborates with DIL, who designed and constructed the unit.

The other partners have complementary expertise: Boerenbond guarantees connection to local farmers, SVZ has expertise in fruit and vegetable processing. VBL has interest to learn what products produced by the unit coud be used by Food Banks and finally OVAM has a good view on potential regulatory hurdles. 

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First results

The first tests with the unit have been carried out in the framework of the FOX project and preparations for testing in Flanders in the context of ZeroW are currently being planned.

The first test and demonstrations are planned for fall 2023. 



Bart Van Droogenbroeck
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