Case studies in Netherlands
Natuurlijk Vleespakket BV
Local2Local is a short food supply chain (est. 2013) in the Utrecht region, initiated by Amped Concepts BV and about 20 local farmers. This partnership has grown to over 50 farmers and has regional cooperation with other supply chains. Its goal is to connect the city with locally produced food, in order to:
- relieve the pressure on the ecological system. The proximity of production and consumption prevents unnecessary transport;
- provide farmers with an honest share of the revenues, a fair share;
- make healthy, quality food available to all (including vulnerable people in society), at affordable prices, for the long term;
- enhance citizens’ involvement in the agricultural landscape and the origins of food products;
- emphasize and strengthen the sense of well-being, care for each other and the living environment;
- consolidate this movement by actively working together with civil society.
Local2Local believes in the new generation of enterprising people, do-ers, and offers students and young people a place to learn (internship / research), to gain work experience and exchange knowledge. In fact: step by step, Local2Local has transferred much of its daily operations into the hands of these young people, giving them ownership of the activities, the philosophy and the mission. Their passion, drive and insights help Local2Local now and in the long term. Together they continue building a sustainable food chain and a healthy, local economy.
For more information, please visit: https://www.local2local.nl/
Natuurlijk Vleespakket BV
Natuurlijk Vleespakket BV provides natural, grass-fed meats, sourced from cows, bulls and sheep that roam nature parks in the Netherlands, and sells directly to consumers and restaurants in the Almere region (in the province of Flevoland), through the brand Vleesch & Co. Owner Bauke van der Veen: "The animals have grazed in natural parks all their lives and are owned by a foundation that primarily focuses on natural grazing, in order to prevent overgrows. I always say: 'I sell happy animals that have only experienced one bad day'. And we use every part of the animal, from head to tail. Pure meat, no e-numbers and you taste the difference." Vleesch & Co's grass-fed natural meats come from organically certified herds that have roamed the Dutch natural reserves all their lives. Animals such as Scottish Highlanders, Aberdeen Angus and Schoonebeeker heath sheep, that only fed on grass, flowers and tasty herbs. At the butcher, the meat is ripened for a few weeks so that it's dry-aged. All of this results in tasty, honest, natural meats from cows and sheep that enjoyed a happy life. The animals are not enhanced and antibiotics have not been administered. The meat is 100% guaranteed without artificial flavoring (e-numbers) or preservatives, and is gluten- and allergen-free. The only occasional additives are natural, organic herbs and spices. Bauke van der Veen is also chairman of the short chain initiative 'Vereniging Flevofood'.
For more information, please visit: https://vleeschenco.nl/