PEF Technologies receives an investment.

Nowadays, consumers more consciously opt for food that contributes to a healthy lifestyle. Milk naturally contains important nutrients, e.g. protein and calcium, and forms part of a healthy nutritional diet. The demand for protein-rich products is increasing, as is an interest in a different type of dairy product, consistent with new consumer lifestyles. Standard pasteurization techniques are not able to preserve all nutrient properties which are important for the consumers. In particular, the immune-proteins (e.g., lactoferrin) are the most affected ones after heat treatment.

The prominent features of nanoPEF, such as lower energy consumption compared to existing preservation processes and capability to inactivate microorganisms at temperatures that do not cause any changes in flavor, color or nutrient value of foods, open a new horizons for the dairy industry.

We are glad to announce that in July, 2022 PEF Technologies received an investment from ICOS Capital and Energiefonds Overijssel. Both investment partners are focused on sustainable industry and we believe that their knowledge and passion for innovations will help our company to take the next steps in development and commercialization of energy efficient and non-thermal nanoPEF technology.



Meet our new Managing Director

Former Supply Chain Director/Plant Manager of Royal FrieslandCampina, Meeuwes Buiten, has joined PEF Technologies as a Managing Director.

During the whole life Meeuwes Buiten was related to the dairy sector in The Netherlands and worldwide. More than 40+ years of experience in this field gave him a deep understanding of problems and needs of dairy producers from farmers to lead players. During the last decades he took different managing positions at Royal FrieslandCampina. Under his guidance several production facilities were successfully launched. In this position he acquired a lot of knowledge in different product groups and established a broad network within dairy industry.

After two years of effective cooperation on a consultancy basis, the team of PEF Technologies and Meeuwes Buiten have formed a trusted relationship. Starting from 20th of June 2020, Meeuwes officially continued his role as a Managing Director of PEF Technologies. Valeriy Mitko, Technical Director and co-owner of PEF Technologies, said: “Since 2019, Meeuwes Buiten supported our company with his knowledge and guidance. Even before his official appointment as a Managing Director, he became an essential part of the team. His knowledge of the product development and his broad network within dairy sector not only in the Netherlands but globally makes his input indispensable for the company. I believe that under his lead we have all chances to bring the product to the market in the nearest future.”

Commenting on his new role, Meeuwes Buiten said: “I see a lot of potential in PEF Technologies and their solution of liquid food preservation, especially for milk processing. The recent results of the validation testing of prototype were better than I have ever expected which is confirmed by the third party. I see that the market perspectives are much broader than our prime market of small and medium dairy farms. There is a lot of potential in the fruit juices, beer industry, as well as in different niche markets like egg processing industry etc. The nanosecond PEF treatment kills all the bacteria, without affecting any ingredients, and hardly heats up the liquid. On top of this, the energy consumption of the machine is substantially lower comparing to any other existing pasteurization methods, since no fossil fuel is needed, meaning that CO2 emission is reduced as well. Moreover, the commercial machine should be quite compact and can be easily plugged in 220 Volt or connect to a solar power source, which gives promising opportunities for the food market of undeveloped countries.”

StartLife Accelerate Program

The team of PEF Technologies B.V. successfully graduated in StartLife Accelerate Program – the first program in the Netherlands entirely dedicated to supporting young food & agtech entrepreneurs in validating their businesses and raising funding. The startups were chosen from over 30 candidates, at the selection day organized by StartLife, March 12 in Wageningen.

“The selected startups have developed groundbreaking products and technologies that could have an enormous impact on industry and society – but only with an effective market strategy”, says Thomas van den Boezem, Program Director at StartLife. “That’s why we specifically chose them to participate in the StartLife program.”

The eight selected start-ups include:

  • FUMI Ingredients (sustainable proteins from micro-organisms),
  • PreMal (a high-performance mosquito trap),
  • SAIA Agrobotics (harvest and crop handling for greenhouses),
  • Wageningen Agricultural Monitoring (advanced monitoring of crop yields),
  • PEF Technologies (non-thermal food processing and preservation technology)
  • Clevabit (a smart decision-support system for cattle breeders),
  • Thelial (a nutraceutical that improves barrier function in the oesophagus),
  • TasteIndex (digitalization of taste to facilitate matching of food products),

Novel-T, Bootcamp

The team of PEF Technologies B.V. was selected to participate in Bootcamp program powered by Novel-T. It gives us a great opportunity to approach multiple investors and to expand our network.

Based on demand, Novel-T organizes brief bootcamps for motivated entrepreneurs. This bootcamp is the perfect preparation for the searching of an investor.

Vroege Fase Financiering (VFF) powered by RVO

The team of PEF Technologies B.V. is extremely proud to be granted for a Vroege Fase Financiering (VFF) powered by RVO on 20th November 2018.

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency stimulates entrepreneurs in sustainable, agricultural, innovative and international business. It aims to improve opportunities for entrepreneurs, strengthen their position and help them realize their international ambitions with funding, networking, know-how and compliance with laws and regulations.