World Food Center in the news

The World Food Center is in the news a lot at the moment. A lot is said and written about it, but not everything is clear.
On the page about the WFC the Municipality of Ede therefore once again examines the most important information of this moment:
What is the World Food Center again?

The World Food Center is the food meeting place for consumers, companies, knowledge institutions and governments. A food experience and a breeding ground for innovation provide inspiration, knowledge sharing and awareness. The World Food Center brings consumers and organizations together and encourages them to take more responsibility and to find answers together to contemporary and future food issues, under the motto: we feed each other.

The ever growing world population and increasing pressure on the planet lead to huge challenges in the food chain. More so, our day to day choices have an impact on our body and our environment. To provide enough, nutritious and sustainable food for everyone today and in the future, a radical change in how we produce and consume food is needed.

WFC and WFC Experience

In the media reports is often talked about the WFC. Sometimes no distinction is made between the WFC Experience and the WFC area development. This often causes confusion.

What is it exactly?

The World Food Center area development is being realized on a former 28-hectare barracks site next to Ede Wageningen station. This area is reserved for housing, business, hotel / congress and the existing national monumental buildings. The site is owned by the municipality. The municipality therefore manages the so-called land exploitation for this area. This is the budget of land costs and land revenues during the entire duration of the development of the area. The most important costs are the acquisition of the land in 2011, the costs to prepare the land for construction and the planning costs. The income consists mainly of the sale of the land to developers for the realization of homes and businesses.

The land exploitation of the total WFC area has been revised on the basis of new agreements on area development and the latest insights. The balance of land development has deteriorated from a deficit of € 10.5 million to a deficit of € 19.7 million. The main reason for the extra deficit of € 9.2 million is the long term with the associated interest and equipment costs. This long duration offers the space to develop a high-quality area that offers plenty of space for food companies. This ensures further economic development of the FoodValley Region

In some media reports, this deficiency is attributed to the WFC Experience. That is therefore not the case. The shortage in land development is independent of the business case of the WFC Experience, which occupies 1 hectare of the total of 28 hectares of area development. For the exploitation of the WFC Experience, there will be an independent calculation by two different external agencies.

The land exploitation and the business case for the Experience are separate. Unfortunately, a shortage in land exploitation is not unusual in municipal land. The municipality also has a considerable shortage on other land exploits due to the long duration (and therefore high interest costs) and the crisis of a few years ago. For example, the municipality has a deficit of € 15 million on the land exploitation of the other Kazerneter sites.


Foundation of WFC Experience Foundation almost completed

While the summer has started, and people left and right go on vacation, the World Food Center Experience continues to work hard.

Before the scenes, this is especially evident in the increasing number of events taking place at the WFC, around the barracks, in the Maurits barracks and in the Akoesticum.

Even more is happening behind the scenes if possible. For example, the statutes, processes and organizational units of the independent foundation that are responsible for the realization and operation of the WFC Experience are now being finalized. This foundation is essential to be able to take the following steps. The statutes of the new foundation are almost ready and will go to the municipality of Ede and the province of Gelderland for one last approval. It is expected that the foundation can be officially operational by September at the latest.

Parallel to this, discussions with potential operators also continue. The first exploratory market consultation has yielded a number of clearly interested parties, with whom discussions are currently continuing on the forthcoming tender.

The selection of possible architects for the realization of the Experience has been prepared and the first steps are now being taken to further elaborate the concept and design of the Experience. To achieve this, a number of deepening steps will have to be made in which both the business community and NGOs will be explicitly asked for input and contributions. Various cooperation agreements have already been signed with companies.

“We are now working hard on the basic processes and the foundation. Once that is there, we can start taking steps again from September that are also visible in front of the screens, "says Marcel Goossens, director and quartermaster at WFC Experience.

July 13, debate in WFC: "How to proceed after the PAS?"

On Saturday, July 13, Foodlog is organizing a debate at the World Food Center in Ede (location Akoesticum) about the consequences of the PAS (Nitrogen Approach Program). Consequences for farmers, but also for biodiversity and food production. No doubt a lively debate! click here to register (free of charge!).

The Nitrogen Approach Program (PAS) had to curb nitrogen pollution in the Netherlands. For years, lawyers and action groups warned that the regulations that the Netherlands made up cannot be reconciled with European legislation. Recent the Council of State took a thick line through the PAS.

Why did the Dutch government and politics opt for that impassable path? How will these motives play a role again in the expected repairs to the legislation and regulations that will now take place shortly? Where will mistakes be made again?

On Saturday, July 13 next we will discuss those questions in a publicly available interview, organized by Foodlog. A number of connoisseurs will clarify the file and their current situation from their different perspectives.

Purpose: to inform politicians, press, officials and interested public in 2 hours about the ins & outs and do's & don'ts of the file. Entrance is free.

Sign up here immediately if you want to be sure of a place.

Date: Saturday, July 13
Time: from 1.30 p.m. (walk-in 1 p.m.) to 4 p.m.
Location: World Food Center, Ede, right next to Ede-Wageningen station (navigate to Akoesticum, Ede)
Sign Up: via this link.

Mauritskazerne opens doors as an event location

With the opening of the Mauritskazerne on Monday 1 July, the World Food Center once again has a beautiful and professional event location. The national monument building from 1906 has been transformed by the Teka group into a pop-up location for events and meetings. The Mauritskazerne will house the World Food Center Experience in a few years.

The stately entrance, high ceilings and large arched windows give this location a unique appearance. The industrial look is enhanced by the interior of mainly recycled materials. The barracks impress, you can receive groups of up to 600 guests in style. Separated in smaller groups? There are 12 flexibly usable subspaces available for this.

A story for the future
The location not only has an inspiring past, but also a story for the future. What you eat and drink comes from farmers, bakers and other food producers from the region. Tasty, honest, sustainable and futureproof.

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