Welcome back to the fourth edition of our “New Frontiers in Food – Fast Forward ”(NF4) news flash. This is the last of a series of four news flashes dedicated to give you an overview of the activities of our consortium and opportunities to assist in the international development of your SME. As a reminder the NF4 project is powered by a 5-Food Cluster alliance formed by Clusaga (ES), FoodvalleyNL (NL), Valorial (FR), Vitagora (FR) and Wagralim (BE). The overall objective of “New Frontiers in Food – Fast Forward” was the operational development of the joint internationalization strategy defined by the clusters partnership to assist SMEs in the international development and innovation collaboration in countries outside the EU.
Important steps have been made by the New Frontiers in Food consortium over the past years. During the Phase 1 of the project we defined an internationalization “roadmap” – an action plan for SME internationalization focused on key target countries outside of Europe: Brazil, Canada, China and USA. Relevant clusters or potential partnership organizations have been contacted and memoranda of understanding signed for many of them. During Phase 2 of the project we further involved our clusters members by, amongst others, taking part in missions and development actions with the identified partners. (13 members joined the Canadian trade mission; 14 to US, 19 to China, 11 to Brazil which means a total of 57 companies). We prepared the SMEs to enter foreign markets, organized webinars and tech roadshows and we were able to support the participating SMEs in the Innovation Tours also with a financial voucher! Several business agreements were signed or are in the process of being signed.
To conclude, we are proud to announce you the creation and registration of the European meta-cluster New Frontiers in Food (a so-called EEIG) and composed of our 5 clusters! It’s an important step for our collaboration and for our agro- and food SMEs in the way of internationalization!
So, for the end of this busy but rewarding year, we would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas, and all the best for 2020!
On behalf of all News Frontiers in Food – Fast Forward consortium members,
Isabelle Grommet, coordinator NF4