Here I am again writing about my internship at Enactus. So this week we are still trying to gather information regarding food waste and the possibilities for us to get misshaped fruit and vegetables. After we’ve called so many farmers and farmer stores, we came to the conclusion that most of the farmers actually don’t have so much food waste because they are already using it for products. So we tried to change our strategy a little bit.
We went out to our local farmers and asked from where they get their fruit and vegetables. Most of them referred us to Food Center Amsterdam (FCA), also known as De Kweker. FCA is the biggest wholesale food market in the region of Amsterdam. They supply most of the super markets and greengroceries in the area. After some research we found out that every Monday they purchase their products from farmers all over the country and Sunday they probably have all the leftovers. So we decided to go and visit this Food Center next week and figure out what they do with the leftovers. In this way we are trying to move our supplier from the initial farmer to the biggest wholesale food market of the region. Maybe we could arrange something with them and finally start our enterprise, because it’s the obstacle of finding a supplier of ‘food waste’ which is still holding us back from starting.
Furthermore we’re going to try to contact wholesales like the Makro, Hanos and Sligro Ven, which could possibly also be suppliers since they probably dump all their leftovers somewhere at the end of the week.
We hope that our visit to the Food Center Amsterdam finally will break the ice!
Thank you for reading. See you next week!