Circular bioeconomy

Circular bioeconomy – nothing goes to waste 

We’re proud to be far down the track in developing a true circular bioeconomy, something that lies at the heart of our approach. It all began with our founding idea all those years ago: to turn waste whey into animal feed.

What is a circular bioeconomy?

A circular bioeconomy is the combination of a bioeconomy, which concerns the production of renewable biological resources and the conversion of these resources and waste streams into value-added products, and a circular economy that maintains the value of products, materials and resources in the economy for as long as possible, minimising waste. 
A circular bioeconomy results in much better utilisation of bio-based side streams.

How we do it

We process renewable biological resources (whey and other dairy raw material flows) and convert them into food, feed, bio-based products and bioenergy. Rather than becoming waste or pollution, these flows are reused, repurposed, recycled or upcycled.

Of course, whey is no longer viewed as just a waste product. Having developed the know-how and technology that enable us to use the same flows to produce high-quality, food-grade whey protein, casein and lactose, we focus on extracting the maximum value from every dairy stream – whether virgin raw material or residual product – avoiding disposing of any nutrients that can, in some way, support the world’s food chain. Nothing should go to waste!

We’ve built several specific actions into our operations:

We constantly valorise whey and milk ‘streams’ through fractionation and reduce waste by upgrading the resulting side-streams, such as permeate, lactose and retentate.

We dispose some of our side streams to other companies, enabling them to add more value to their own side streams, e.g., as feed products, materials for biogas and similar.

We reutilise nutrients from a variety of dairy-based sources, making them available, for example, to infant formula manufacturers around the world
We constantly re-use water by cleaning it in our own water treatment plants.

Read about areas of our operations that support the circular bioeconomy.