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Future Food Factory

Network meeting – for executives in operations

17 November 2022 | 14:00 - 21:30

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Future Food Factory

At the network meeting ‘Future Food Factory’ we will share experiences and best case studies of the ideal food factory. What does it take to look like from an air quality, routing, hygiene, energetic and operator point of view? We will visit Bunge Loders Croklaan in Zaandam and experience what it’s like to build the ideal performing factory, from a greenfield site, meeting tomorrow’s standards in food.

Future Food Factory

Imagine the largest vegetable oil refinery and fractionation plant Europe has ever seen. It’s in the port of Amsterdam, designed to be a Smart Factory with high tech process technology, completely CO2 neutral and meeting the future standards of the international food industry. Imagine that this plant is being built during a time of turmoil, in which the international food industry is experiencing high prices of energy, low availability of materials and labor. Bunge Loders Croklaan turns dreams into facts by building such a factory at this very moment! 

To be witnessing such a large project, unique in its kind, promises to be a highly interesting event. IFFI is honoured to have been invited by Bunge Loders Croklaan to visit the construction site and see with own eyes what it is like to design and build such a Future Food Factory from the very start. Industry experts will share insights and experiences about design dilemmas, technology challenges and planning constraints related to decarbonization, electricity network and building. Participants will get a look and a feel of the Future Food Factory while enjoying a boat trip in the port of Amsterdam.

14.00  – 15.00 hrs

Arrival and Welcome

Erik Schweitzer, Bunge Loders Croklaan

15.00 – 17.30 hrs

Boat tour through the Port of Amsterdam

15.30 – 16.30 hrs

Building the plant

Mark Hoolwerf, Port of Amsterdam

17.30 – 17.45  hrs

Walk to restaurant Castell

17.45 – 19.30 hrs

Dinner and plenty of networking

Introduction dinner by Ozgur Kuk and Mascha van Amersfoort, Castell

19.30 – 20.15 hrs

Reducing the carbonization

Hans Keuken, FME project 6-25

20.15 – 21.00 hrs

Connecting the electricity grid

Haike van der Vegte, FIRAN

21.00 – 21.30 hrs


Halbe Vogel, IFFI

Erik Schweitzer, Bunge Loders Croklaan. 

Erik Schweitzer has been working at Loders Croklaan for more than twenty years in various engineering roles. Starting as a Process Engineer, he nowadays oversees the total technology platforms and CAPEX expenditure of Bunge Loders Croklaan including their latest project: building the largest vegetable oil refinery and fractionation plant in Europe. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to plan, design and build a future proof food factory, completely CO2 neutral, in the port of Amsterdam.

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Mark Hoolwerf, Port of Amsterdam

Mark Hoolwerf has been working with the Port of Amsterdam since 2015. Starting as a trainee, he then worked on various project and fulfilled area management roles until stepping into his current role of Deputy Director of the Port of Amsterdam. As Deputy Director, Mark oversees the international activities and relations of Port of Amsterdam. His job is to position the Port of Amsterdam in the international field of global ports and to offer global operating companies a place for logistics and manufacturing.

Hans Keuken, Proces Design Center

Hans Keuken has a broad background in industrial processing and in 1999, he founded the Process Design Center, a consultancy firm developing process design solutions for carbon capture, utilization and storage in the industry. Next to that Hans is project leader of the FME project 6-25, an in-industry project to reduce the CO2 output of the 300 largest energy consuming companies in the Netherlands to 6 Mtons/year by 2025.

Haike van der Vegte, FIRAN

Haike van de Vegte is Business Manager with a personal motivation to make sustainable energy accessible to everyone. At the same time, he strives to make the Dutch energy system more sustainable by optimising the use of existing electricity grids and smartly linking producers and buyers of renewable energy. De Vegte is a true industry expert working with industrial and business sites to solve complex energy demands. 

The meeting is for executives in operations working in the food (ingredients) industry and sharing insights and best practices.

IFFI members have complimentary registration.
Fee for non-members is € 350,- per ticket, excl. VAT. Non-members can complete the registration form. After validation, an invoice will be sent.


Registration is open for members and non-members:

  • IFFI Members: participation is covered by the membership fee. *
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  • Non-members: € 350,- (excl. VAT). Non-members can complete the registration form. After validation, an invoice will be sent.

* IFFI members are employed by the IFFI member companies.


Bunge Loders Croklaan
Provincialeweg 33
1506 MA Zaandam

Boat tour

Restaurant Castell
Zuiddijk 2
1501 CA Zaandam

Read now the interview we had with chef Mascha van Amersfoort.


17 November 2022
14:00 - 21:30
Free – €350.00
Event Category:


Restaurant Castell
Zuiddijk 2
Zaandam, 1501 CA


+31 (6) 254 333 96