Flanders' FOOD

Belgium: Brussels Region
Erwin Lamot
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About us

Flanders’ FOOD (FF) is a cluster organization (awarded with a golden label of the European Cluster Excellence Initiative) and the spearhead cluster for the agri-food industry in Flanders. Flanders’ FOOD believes in the future of the Flemish agri-food industry and together with the relevant stakeholders in the agri-food system we ensure that also the next generations can enjoy tasty food for a healthy lifestyle. Flanders’ FOOD has about 300 company members (for the larger part SMEs and about 70% from agri-food industry) and collaborates with all the relevant RTOs and innovation actors in Flanders (they are also member of Flanders’ FOOD). Collaboration on different levels is necessary and especially in the framework of the spearhead cluster agri-food. We initiate and facilitate collaboration not only between research institutions, government and companies, but also across sectors, across borders and between all links of the value chain.

Flanders’ FOOD focuses on the economic growth of the Flemish agri-food industry. We will thereby mainly act as an enabler for innovation and integrator to create a trust zone of open innovation with all stakeholders in the agri-food business complex. The three economic drivers for growth are: (1) increasing local and international competitiveness, (2) focus on new business opportunities through system integration and (3) take up the social and societal responsibilities. To provide an answer to these three economic drivers, four strategic objectives are defined that should increase knowledge and broaden the horizons of companies on one hand, and on the other to enable them to validate and implement this new knowledge into new products, processes and concepts that drive their economic growth. Flanders’ FOOD is not defining the products, processes and services of the future, but will create enablers for companies to act quicker, better and more efficient in their innovation processes.

The knowledge-driven strategic goals will focus on four program lines: (1) World Class Food Production, (2) Resilient & Sustainable Agrifood Systems and (3) Personalised Food Products & Healthy Diets (4) New & Shifting Resources.

A number of activities contribute to the realization of the strategic goals, such as, development of dedicated roadmaps, creation of a (virtual) inspiration center, education of the target group, distribution of information beyond the target group, enable access to pilot infrastructure, etc.  Flanders’ FOOD, in collaboration with ILVO, has set up a Food Pilot. This is a pilot hall filled with industrial process lines on pilot scale, accessible to food companies for testing. Pilot tests on a semi-industrial scale allow companies to try out new concepts, processes and products.

Established - 09 December 2005
Staff in the management team - 21-30
Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce
  • Competence development
  • Mentoring

Cluster composition

  • 372
    Cluster Members
  • 210
  • 5
    Number of start-ups among SME's
  • 100
    Large Companies
  • 37
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 25
    Other Ecosystem Actors
Legal form of the cluster organisation
Languages spoken
Catalan Dutch English French German Spanish
Link to the team description on the cluster organisation website

Management team

Inge Arents
Cluster Manager
Veerle Rijckaert
Internationalisation Responsible
Gus Verhaeghe
Internationalisation Responsible

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Manufacturing:C10 Manufacture of food products - Manufacturing:C11 Manufacture of beverages
Sectoral Industries (NACE 4 digit)
Manufacture of food products:C1011 Processing and preserving of meat - Manufacture of food products:C1012 Processing and preserving of poultry meat - Manufacture of food products:C1013 Production of meat and poultry meat products - Manufacture of food products:C1020 Processing and preserving of fish, crustaceans and molluscs - Manufacture of food products:C1031 Processing and preserving of potatoes - Manufacture of food products:C1032 Manufacture of fruit and vegetable juice - Manufacture of food products:C1039 Other processing and preserving of fruit and vegetables - Manufacture of food products:C1041 Manufacture of oils and fats - Manufacture of food products:C1042 Manufacture of margarine and similar edible fats - Manufacture of food products:C1051 Operation of dairies and cheese making - Manufacture of food products:C1052 Manufacture of ice cream - Manufacture of food products:C1061 Manufacture of grain mill products - Manufacture of food products:C1062 Manufacture of starches and starch products - Manufacture of food products:C1071 Manufacture of bread - Manufacture of food products:C1072 Manufacture of rusks and biscuits - Manufacture of food products:C1073 Manufacture of macaroni, noodles, couscous and similar farinaceous products - Manufacture of food products:C1081 Manufacture of sugar - Manufacture of food products:C1082 Manufacture of cocoa, chocolate and sugar confectionery - Manufacture of food products:C1083 Processing of tea and coffee - Manufacture of food products:C1084 Manufacture of condiments and seasonings - Manufacture of food products:C1085 Manufacture of prepared meals and dishes - Manufacture of food products:C1086 Manufacture of homogenised food preparations and dietetic food - Manufacture of food products:C1089 Manufacture of other food products n.e.c. - Manufacture of food products:C1091 Manufacture of prepared feeds for farm animals - Manufacture of food products:C1092 Manufacture of prepared pet foods - Manufacture of beverages:C1101 Distilling, rectifying and blending of spirits - Manufacture of beverages:C1102 Manufacture of wine from grape - Manufacture of beverages:C1103 Manufacture of cider and other fruit wines - Manufacture of beverages:C1104 Manufacture of other non-distilled fermented beverages - Manufacture of beverages:C1105 Manufacture of beer - Manufacture of beverages:C1106 Manufacture of malt - Manufacture of beverages:C1107 Manufacture of soft drinks
Cross-sectoral industries
Digital Industries
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems
Technology fields
A\: Human necessities:Baking; equipment for making or processing doughs; doughs for baking - A\: Human necessities:Butchering; meat treatment; processing poultry or fish - A\: Human necessities:Foods or foodstuffs; their treatment, not covered by other classes
S3 EU priority areas
Digital transformation:Artificial intelligence, cognitive systems, augmented and virtual reality, visualisation, simulation, gamification & interaction technologies - Digital transformation:Big data, data mining, database management - Digital transformation:Digitising Industry (Industry 4.0, smart and additive manufacturing) - Digital transformation:Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks) - Digital transformation:Robotics, autonomous and cyber physical systems (e.g. vehicles, embedded systems) - Sustainable innovation:Bioeconomy - Sustainable innovation:Resource efficiency - Sustainable innovation:Sustainable land & water use - Sustainable innovation:Sustainable production & consumption - Sustainable innovation:Waste management


Support services provided

Internationalisation Support (access to third countries markets)
Access to finance: Public funding
Facilitation of collaboration between members (within the cluster)
Facilitation of external collaboration (beyond cluster) such as matchmaking
Support of Research, Development and Innovation

Further information

Support of knowledge transfer throuth a newsletter, the organisation of seminars, training courses, books, publications and through using our food pilot infrastructure (pilot plant - www.foodpilot.be)

Acces to public support: supporting enterprises/agrofood companies in finding the right public support (regional, international) for their innovation projects

Facilitation of collaboration between members through netwerking, match making, events, applied oriented projects

Cross sectorial cooperation: stimulating the close cooperation between agrofood companies in the total agrofood value chain (primary production, ingredients/machinery suppliers, retail, ...)

Access to technology services through close cooperation with the technology providers (world class production technology, automation, robotics, digital industry)

Support training services for cluster managers/policy makers

Provision and facilitation of access to training for members - Facilitation of collaboration between members (eg. joint training programs) - Promotion of activities (eg. job fairs and exhibitions) - Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation (reskilling staff from other sectors) - Trend-scouting (latest trends on skills) - Support of knowledge sharing - Access to finance (to upskill/reskill) - Collecting needs from company members - Connecting to other organisations in the regional ecosystem

Upskilling and reskilling expertise

Internationalisation - Strategy development - Funding - EU project development

Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce

Competence development - Mentoring

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries


Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs - Support to collaborative activities/etc.

International support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

Connection to cluster organisation(s)

Profile name Location
Food-Processing Initiative e.V.


Membership in cluster networks, meta clusters and national associations of clusters

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