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National Food Cluster Lithuania

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 3 April, 2006
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Lietuva
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Ceslovas
Bobinas
Cluster Manager
+370 68213560
ceslovas.bobinas@lammc.lt
Male
Vaide
Sakalauskiene
Project Manager
+370 645 69244
vaide.sakaulauskiene@mita.lt
Female
Paulina
Streimikyte
ECCP Responsible Person
+370643 18 479
streimikyte.paulina@gmail.com
Female
Languages spoken: 
English
French
Lithuanian
Russian
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Education and Knowledge Creation
Food Processing and Manufacturing
Technology fields: 
Horticulture
Safe production methods
S3 EU priority areas: 
Food, beverage & tobacco products
Food security & safety
Emerging industries: 
Experience Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
21
Number of SME members: 
17
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
1
Number of larger company members: 
1
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
1
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
1
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Organisation/Facility NameOrganisation/Facility TypeWebsite
Institute of Horticulture
Technology center
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
UAB Rūta
Larger Company
Institute of Horticulture
Research Organisation
UAB Mėlynė
SME
SatiMed
Larger Company
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The National Food cluster (NaMUK) is an Association of Lithuanian producers founded in 2006m It has 23 members which includes not only various field food and agronomy field producers but also scientific organisations e.g. Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry Institute of Horticulture. The cluster members in collaboration between each other implement innovative products to market and supports each other in national and international trades and knowledges. 

The main objectives of the cluster is development of Lithuania’s food industry and promotion of greater competitiveness, innovation, entrepreneuriship and partnership between members and association.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
No
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Support of knowledge transfer
Provision and facilitation of access to training for members
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 

Main activities:

1) Uniting cluster members into a network of companies creating high added value

2) Coordinating the activities of cluster members in developing and manufacturing innovative products and cycle economy

3) Encouraging cooperation and exchange of information between cluster members

4) Initiating joint projects and undertaking training to upgrade the skills and qualifications of cluster members

5) Carrying our joint marketing and publicity

6) Encouraging participation of cluster members in participation in national and international exhibitions

7) Organising business missions by members of the cluster to seek customers and partners

8)Collaboration with research and educational institutions to achieve common goals

9)Representing the interests of cluster members in public bodies and local municipalities, and in national and international organisations.

 

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
China
Japan
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Estonia
Germany
Latvia
Poland
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
Name & Description (Regional/National)
  1.  Ruta UAB has implemented the project development of Funtional Food prototypes Intended to meet the specific Needs of Different groups of People, under the measure „Intelektas LT. Joint Science-business Projects“, and developed Greenz products, an innovative line of easy to consume snacks created from vegetable bio-active fractions. It was collaboration between cluster members and result of successful networking. Moreover, Rūta UAB in 2018 was awarded the gold medal for innovatiness at the exhibition Agrobalt for Greenz snacks.
  2. MB „Ekosula“ in collaboration with Institute of Horticulture and Agency for Science, Innovation and technology implementing the project of industrialising birch sap production and developing added value products for national and international commercialiazation
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 
  1. Ruta UAB has implemented the project development of Functional Food prototypes Intended to meet the specific Needs of Different Groups of People, under the measure „Intelektas LT. Joint Science-business Projects“, and developed Greenz products, an innovative line of easy to consume snacks created from vegetable bio-active fractions. It was a collaboration between cluster members and the result of successful networking. Moreover, Rūta UAB in 2018 was awarded the gold medal for innovativeness at the exhibition Agrobalt for Greenz snacks.
  2. MB „Ekosula“ in collaboration with the Institute of Horticulture and Agency for Science, Innovation, and technology implementing the project of industrializing birch sap production and developing added-value products.
  3. SatiMed UAB in collaboration with the Institute of Horticulture developed few functional products production and optimization. Networking meetings organized by the National food cluster made the connection with Mėlynė UAB, Rūta UAB, to the consequence prototypes were carry out the pilot and mass production. A result, three functional products succesfully passed the first commercialization step to China market.
Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

We are open in collaboration, networking and support each other in new markets. All cluster members are active, and tend to participate and include in building a strong connection not only in national but also regional and worldwide network. Moreover the National food cluster have support and high knowlegeability from science and government institutions.