European Food Alliance: nine European agrifood clusters join forces 11 Oct 2011
The Institute of Food Research (IFR) at Norwich is now part of a group of nine European agrifood organisations that have set up the European Food Alliance – an initiative of Food Valley in The Netherlands. They have a common goal: to provide agrifood companies the best service and network contacts from all over Europe in order to be able to attain to innovation and growth at an accelerated rate.
“In recent years we have experienced a considerable increase in the number of questions from companies approaching us through clusters from other European countries”, says Roger van Hoesel, Director of Food Valley. “At the same time, we are increasingly being commissioned by Dutch companies to collaborate with other European food clusters, so intensifying the collaboration and opening up networks feels like a logical step in enhancing the European agrifood world.”
The European Food Alliance is a partnership of Agrofoodpark Aarhus (Denmark), Flanders’ FOOD (Belgium), Food Processing Initiative FPI (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany), IFR (UK), NiekE/DIL (Lower Saxony, Germany), PdC Nutrition, Health and Longevity NSL (France), Food Valley, Skåne Food Innovation Network SFIN (Sweden) and Wagralim (Belgium).
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