On February 2nd, 2020, a delegation of 16 people of universities and companies from the state Kentucky visited the Foodvalley office in Wageningen. During their visit the delegation got a clearer understanding of the Foodvalley ecosystem, start-up support and international collaborations. This interactive pitch event also included time for 4 pitches of European AgTech companies to explain more about smart & digital technologies in horticulture and agriculture. For both the European start-ups as well as the delegation from the USA the pitch session was very valuable and a great way to get new insights in European innovations and the USA [...]
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Wagralim, the innovation cluster of the Walloon region, Belgium participated the Belgian Economic Mission to China under the presence of the H.R.H. Princess Astrid and five ministers, local agribusinesses. A total of 632 Belgians moved to Beijing (the political capital) and then to Shanghai (the economic capital). This makes it the largest economic mission ever organized by Belgium. With a billion four hundred million inhabitants, China represents a significant market for European countries, especially for Belgium and Wallonia. Elected 7th in the export rank for Belgium in 2018, it ranked 13th in the export rank for Wallonia. In addition, the [...]
On August 27th, Wagralim, coordinator of the New frontiers in food COSME consortium organised a HLAB in Belgium with Walloon regional authorities, Wagralim’s board and companies. The international strategy was discussed, and the conclusion is to go deeper within the NF4 EEIG. The ambition is to go overseas together, continue our collaboration in targeted market and enforce our relations with existing overseas partners. Another point is to stimulate innovation collaborations within Europe.
Vinigalicia participated in the mission to Brazil from the 4th to 8th of November. This Project was a good opportunity to know the Brazilian market, meet contacts with new potential customers and visit our customer in Brazil. As a result, Vinigalicia reached a new order from its customer, and a new possibilities of commercial relationship with new potential customers, because they showed interest in our products. Pablo Gómez, export department of Vinigalicia member, said: “ Thanks to the NF4 we could go to Brazil to know there the Brazilian market, its problems about label, customs procedures and the new wine trends in Brazil. Also, [...]
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 [...]
The trip organized by NF4 was very fascinating for us, because we´ve always been interested in the brasilian market. The way the mission was structured was very engaging because it gave us the opportunity to meet all kinds of players within our industry from institutional to commercial partners; it also helped us to see how the market is currently doing and gave us a better perception of what we can do there. This mission gave us the opportunity to have meetings with distributors of our type of product in Brazil, as well as industrial partners with whom we can start [...]
From November 4th to 8th, 2019, a delegation of European SMEs visited Brazil to explore the Brazilian food and beverage market, and innovation landscape. This mission included two days in Sao Paulo followed by another two days in Curitiba, Parana. In the initial part of the trip, activities were coordinated in collaboration with FoodTech Hub Brazil, including visits to ITAL and the Ag Tech Valley of Piracicaba. While in Curitiba, the NF4 delegation was hosted by FIEP. During this second portion of the mission the group was able to visit the facilities of several members of the regional food innovation [...]
On September 12, Wagralim organised its annual event Food Connections in collaboration with the FEVIA, the Federation of the Belgian food industry. This event regrouped more than 350+ participants. The NF4 consortium chose this occasion as one of our tech road show. A Canadian and Chinese delegation came and had exchanges with all partners. We had the honour to listen to M. Marc-Lionel Gagnon based in Spain, he is the Business Development of St Hyacinthe techno pole in Canada. A MoU was signed which expressed our willing to collaborate in the future. During the day, inspiring seminars, rewarding B2B meetings, [...]
Saint-Hyacinthe Technopole offering business solutions designed to ensure success, Saint-Hyacinthe Technopole is the gateway for all your industrial, commercial and tourism projects in Saint-Hyacinthe. Saint-Hyacinthe Technopole manages economic development on the city of Saint-Hyacinthe’s territory. Its mission is to attract new industrial and commercial businesses, as well as promote and develop tourism, particularly business-related tourism. One of the Technopole’s main tasks is to attract potential investors to the Maskoutan region. It works closely with investors to help get their projects set up in our area and ensure their success. It also manages and develops the technology park, the City of [...]
In October 2019, Vitagora had the pleasure to host a delegation from Missouri, United States on the occasion of “Appetite for Innovation”, an event organized by Vitagora. The delegation coordinated by BioSTL was the illustration of the continuous discussions on going between the two organizations since the end of 2018 and the common interest confirmed during the NF4 mission to the USA. Indeed, this innovation tour last March organized by NF4, in which Vitagora was a partner, was the opportunity to meet BioSTL and its network of major corporations of the agri-food sector. The delegation was led by BioSTL, and [...]