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.
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