In the Netherlands, tens of millions of loaves of breads are returned to bakeries every year. These unsold loaves of bread are mostly processed into animal feed. Together with businesses, Wageningen UR has been researching more high-quality options for using these returned breads.
Research has shown that it is a great ingredient from which to make crunchy biscuits and moist gingerbread loaf cakes. To make cookies, the bread is processed into sugar syrup, while to make the gingerbread loaf cake, it is added directly to the dough. Consumers appreciate both the taste and the concept. Moreover, food retains its value for human consumption, which is an important aspect of a circular economy. This is how Wageningen UR helps to improve the quality of life.