Rikolto Belgium (formerly Vredeseilanden) wants a more efficient and shorter chain for food and food waste in Leuven and the surrounding area. That is why the new distribution platform Kort'om Leuven was established: a place that brings together local farmers, supermarkets, restaurants and consumers.
The idea is to collect fresh products such as potatoes, vegetables, fruit, dairy, meat and processed products such as jams, honey, fruit juices, beer, etc. from producers within a radius of the city. from producers within a radius of 15 to 20 km around Leuven. We then deliver these products to interested customers in Leuven and the surrounding area, including the catering industry, supermarkets, shops, industrial kitchens, food teams, etc.
We want to tackle both collection and delivery as efficiently as possible, with environmentally friendly transport adapted to the city context.
Rikolto België vzw (Vredeseilanden)
Partners Voedselteams vzw, Provincie Vlaams-Brabant, Streekproducten Vlaams-Brabant vzw, Stad Leuven, Leuven 2030 vzw, Innovatiesteunpunt vzw, Foodwin vzw, Boerenbond
For now, our turnover looks good: if the upward trend continues, Kort'om Leuven will break even in the course of the next 12 months. This means that we will be able to pay a full-time coordinator.
We are also aiming for extra investments and/or subsidies for infrastructure such as vehicles, to rent a warehouse and to pay labour costs. This will give us more room to grow and attract even more products and customers.
Furthermore, we would like to collaborate with other organisations in Leuven with a similar mission, because we notice that we often have the same needs. For example, we are looking for partners against food waste (e.g. Robin Food or Solikoop) with whom we can share storage and transport costs.
Finally, we are also very interested in starting similar initiatives in other city centres.