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Flanders' FOOD
FF

Belgium: Brussels Region
Inge Arents

Overview

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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.

Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation
Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce
  • Competence development
  • Mentoring

Cluster composition

  • 372
    Cluster Members
  • 210
    SME's
  • 100
    Large Companies
  • 37
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 25
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Achievements

www.flandersfood.com/stories (in Dutch language)

movies on www.flandersfood.com

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
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
Cross-sectoral industries
Digital Industries

Services

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
H2020 CIP/COSME INTERREG

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

Denmark
France
Germany
Netherlands
Spain

Transnational support activites

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

International support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

Upcoming events

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