Visiting the innovation ecosystem of Brazil: FoodTech Hub and ITAL

November 4-8, 2019

During their recent mission to Brazil (from November 4th to 8th), the New Frontiers in Food (NF4) consortium with participating European SMEs had the opportunity to visit numerous organizations and key players within the Brazilian food sector particularly in the area of innovation. These visits began in Sao Paulo, where the delegation met with FoodTech Hub, and industry associations Abimapi, Abami, and the Instituto de Tecnología de Alimentos (ITAL). During this meeting the NF4 delegation heard presentations regarding the work of each of these players, allowing the European SMEs and Clusters to better understand the Brazilian industry.

On Tuesday November 5th, the NF4 delegation travelled to Campinas (approx. 100km north of Sao Paulo), where they were hosted at the facilities of ITAL. Founded in 1963, ITAL is linked to the São Paulo Agribusiness Agency (APTA) and Secretary of Agriculture and Supply of the State of São Paulo, and conducts research, development, technological assistance and knowledge dissemination in the areas of packaging and processing. conservation and safety of food and beverages. The day included a warm welcome from Eloísa García, the Director of ITAL, who also provided an overview of the Institute’s work. This was followed by a presentation from Luis Madi, the Director of Institutional Affairs, who continued the discussion of the Brazilian food sector’s innovation ecosystem, the work of ITAL, and observations regarding trends/realities within the sector.

Later in the day the delegation visited the campus of the Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture (University of Sao Paulo), where the they were hosted by the Dean of the College, Dr. Durval Dourado.

To close the day, the NF4 group visited the nearby AgTech Garage, a member of the Ag Valley de Piracicaba. AgTech Garage is recognized as one of the most dynamic innovation centres for agri-business in Latin America. During this visit, the delegation heard from numerous players within the innovation ecosystem including business incubators/accelerators, technological centers, and SMEs (start-ups).

Through these visits and presentations, the NF4 delegation gained a better understand of the innovation ecosystem present in Brazil. This understanding will allow them to better target their approach to this market, having identified potential collaborations and partners in the local ecosystem, along with potential opportunities for future business in Brazil.

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