The workshop was hosted by Eigen Vermogen van het Instituut voor Landbouw- en Visserijonderzoek (EV ILVO).
The workshop day started at 9 o’clock with an introduction to the goals of the Horizon 2020 RUSTICA project. Next, attendees could network for the first time with each other during a speed dating exercise. After being warmed up to the project, stakeholders were asked what ideal outcomes of the RUSTICA project in the short or long term could be for them. In the short term, answers related to enhanced networking opportunities throughout the value chain, solutions for technical and legal issues related to the production and use of BBF and expanding scientific and technological knowledge on the topic. In the long term, more circularity in the agricultural sector, increased soil quality, BBF commercialisation opportunities, enhanced public awareness on bio-based alternatives and broadening the scope of the results beyond the fruit and vegetable waste streams were mentioned as ideal outcomes. Then, attendees were asked to review a summarised market analysis of the Flemish region with respect to waste-streams, BBF potential, existing actors, competition and the agricultural sector’s innovation orientation. Some interesting points were raised, for example, on regulations and certification that complicates the use of waste streams, the feasibility of the transportation of waste streams and on leaving the waste (partly) on the field as a practice. Stakeholders seemed mostly concerned about the economic benefit for potential waste stream suppliers. However, most thought there is definitely room to further explore the possibilities of revalorising fruit and vegetable waste streams in Flanders.