Latest News 2018-06-20T10:49:32+01:00

Case study Freshcut – Participation in the Innovation Tour China

November 7th, 2019|

Freshcut S.L., has been involved in the New Frontiers in Food Fast Forward (NF4) Tour to China and preperation activities because Freshcut aims to develop the business internationally.We have participated in the differents activities as the mentoring course made by proffesional business executives of important international business companies, which helps a lot in order to understand the steps and the best way to start international business. Also, we have [...]

Case study BellaVie – Participation in the Innovation Tour China

November 5th, 2019|

With rising rates of overweight/obesity and diabetes the Chinese government issued guidelines over the review period relating to a range of dietary issues including sugar intake and increasing consumption of fruit and vegetables. China is one of the world’s fastest growing health and wellness markets in the world backed by the government’s growing focus on healthy nutrition and a growing middle- and upper-class. Multinational companies have invested in the [...]

Case study Artisan Chocolaterie Legast – Participation NF4 Innovation Tour China

June 20th, 2019|

For numerous traditional occasions, Chinese people need offer gits, for instance at New Year, Spring Festival, a time when people exchange greeting by offering little treats. Small gifts and/or souvenirs are also presented to relatives, teachers, friends, when visiting people etc. At the same time, chocolates, especially luxury ones are becoming a ‘must’ to buy in order to show their love to partner. Belgian chocolate is associated with high [...]

Case study The Belgian Brewery – Participation in the Innovation Tour China

June 18th, 2019|

The NF4 delegation went to China from May 12th – 17th. The NF4 consortium went to Xiamen (Fujian) and Shanghai on May during the SIAL China week with a delegation of 19 companies. Among these companies, there is one brewery, the particularity? It comes from Belgium and its name is “The Belgian Brewery”. The Belgian brewery was born from the meeting of complementary and passionate personalities. The Brewmaster is [...]

New Frontiers in Food (NF4) Tech Road Show at Vitafoods

June 18th, 2019|

The New Frontiers in Food Fast Forward consortium (NF4) was in Geneva during the Vitafoods Europe fair. Since healthy & nutritional food is one target of the consortium, the team chose Vitafoods as an assembly point where we met partners, international guests and companies. On the May 7th, the consortium met the St Hyacinthe Tech Pole from Canada, and discussed about further collaboration. They will meet the consortium again [...]

New Frontiers in Food (NF4) Innovation Tour China | Activities & Experiences

June 17th, 2019|

In May 2019, a delegation of 19 SMEs visited China to explore the Chinese market for food and beverage. The New Frontiers in Food (NF4) Innovation Tour to China started in Xiamen (Fujian) and was followed by a visit to Shanghai. Activities in Xiamen (Fujian) were organized in collaboration with the local NF4-organization partner Foodvalley China, these activities included a tailor-made conference with presentations of Chinese local business opportunities, [...]

Case study Niacet – Participation in the Innovation Tour China

June 17th, 2019|

Niacet is an international company, producer of organic salts, focusing on propionates and acetates. In food these products are used for food preservation and food safety in the bakery-, meat-, poultry-, fish- and RTE industry. Niacet has been a member of Foodvalley for 3 years and participates in multiple (international) events and exhibitions. Niacet participated in the New Frontiers in Food Fast Foward (NF4) Innovation Tour to China to [...]

New Frontiers in Food (NF4) Tech Road Show at CFIA Rennes

June 14th, 2019|

CFIA exhibition(Carrefour des Fournisseurs de l'Industrie Agroalimentaire)  has 22 years of experience as a reference exhibition for the food-processing sector in Europe, showcasing top-notch products and solutions for all companies in the sector. It gathers companies from the Ingredients & IFP (255 exhibitors), Equipements & Processes (930 exhibitors), Packing & Conditioning (415 exhibitors). It also takes place every year in Rennes and brings over 20.000 visitors. Since a few [...]

Case study Ragnar – Participation in the Innovation Tour USA

June 13th, 2019|

Start-up company RAGNAR Brewery participated in the New Frontiers in Food Fast Forward (NF4) Innovation Tour to the USA to explore the market opportunities for its craft beer concept. Ragnar has been founded in 2018 and has the ambition to make a authentic flavors beer inspired by ninth century recipes, with a bottle with a unique shape. RAGNAR Brewery is also opening a unique and unusual place in Normandy. [...]

The NF4 consortium and Natural Products Canada sign a Memorandum of Understanding

June 12th, 2019|

On May 9th, 2019, the New Frontiers in Food (NF4) consortium held a High-Level Advisory Board (HLAB) in parallel to leading international event on nutraceuticals, Vitafoods Europe. The members of the European consortium NF4  gathered in Geneva in order to go further on the European actions within the project, in accordance with the expectations of SMEs. The HLAB was the opportunity for European companies to take part in the [...]

Video: Experiences of the NF4 delegation in China

June 7th, 2019|

May 13 - 17 2019, a group of 19 SMEs participated in the New Frontiers in Food Fast Forward (NF4) Innovation Tour to China. Activities of the Innovation Tour included company visits to DSM Innovation Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University & Yinlu-Group, visiting the SIAL Shanghai exhibition and participating in a seminar in Xiamen. During this visit, the participants learned about the Chinese market for food products, met valuable [...]

Understanding the Innovation landscape in China: DSM Innovation Center, Jiao Tong University & Yinlu

May 29th, 2019|

As a part of the New Frontiers in Food Fast Forward (NF4) Innovation Tour to China, the delegation visited DSM and its Innovation Center in Shanghai, Yinlu Foods Group in Xiamen and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. During these visits the delegation learned about the innovation activities, trends in the Chinese market and opportunities for European companies. At the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, DSM welcomed the NF4-delegation on the 16th [...]

SIAL China & Network receptions of the agricultural Embassies

May 24th, 2019|

Last week, the New Frontiers in Food Fast Forward (NF4) delegation visited the SIAL China in Shanghai, which is the largest Food Innovation event in Asia. During this exhibition the European companies had meetings with international food companies, agents, importers and other stakeholders to generate and investigate new business and innovation collaboration opportunities in China. The Dutch and French participants in the NF4 Innovation Tour to China also participated [...]

Video: Seminar with European and Chinese food companies | Xiamen (Fujian)

May 22nd, 2019|

Last week, a group of European SME's participated in the New Frontiers in Food Fast Forward (NF4) Innovation Tour to China. The tour started with visit to Xiamen (Fujian) where Foodvalley China, in collaboration with NF4, organized a seminar about Food business in China to gain insights in the market, interact and explore new business opportunities. Watch a short video of this meeting here!

Case study Freggies – Participation in the Innovation Tour USA

May 7th, 2019|

Start-up company Freggies participated in the New Frontiers in Food Fast Forward (NF4) Innovation Tour to the USA to explore the market opportunities for plant-based snacks. Maduro concepts (Freggies) has been founded in 2017 and has the ambition to make tasty sustainable plant-based snacks that are easy to prepare. The Freggies are made from residual streams of vegetables, for example from the juice industry, thereby contributing to reducing food [...]

Preparation is key – food SMEs in preparation of China Innovation Tour

April 26th, 2019|

The New Frontiers in Food Fast Forward (NF4) team is in preparation of the next Innovation Tour. From May 12-18 the next stop will be China. Two locations will be visited during the China Innovation Tour. Xiamen in the Fujian province, in which Foodvalley China is located, will be the first meeting point. An interactive session with presentations and pitches by the participating SMEs, will be followed by matchmaking and networking via [...]

Meet European companies during the NF4 Innovation Tour in China

April 26th, 2019|

From May 12th to the 17th a delegation of 19 agfood SMEs will visit China during the New Frontier in Food (NF4) Innovation Tour. During the Innovation Tour, the delegation will visit Xiamen(Fujian) and Shanghai and participate in matchmaking, multiple company visits, information sessions, B2B meetings and the SIAL China which is one of the three biggest food innovation exhibitions. These activities are organised by the NF4 consortium [...]

Case study Baïa Food Co – Participation in the Innovation Tour USA

April 26th, 2019|

Baïa Food Co. is a novel food startup with the mission of bringing truly innovative and healthy products. It has spent the last 6 years doing Research and Development on a very special berry from West Africa, the Miracle Fruit. The internationalisation is a main feature in the Baïa ADN. Baïa is a new member of CLUSAGA, it was attracted by two kinds of activities: innovation and internationalisation. And [...]

NF4 Information Session China

April 17th, 2019|

Under the scheme of NF4, Wagralim on 4th April organised a China info session in Namur for the Walloon Agri-food sector with the FEVIA, Belgian Food Industry Federation and the AWEx, Walloon Export and Foreign Investment Agency. More than 40 people attended the event. In 2002, China’s middle class was only 4% of its population, and current estimates put the size of China’s middle class over 30% of China’s total population (2018). [...]

New Frontiers in Food Innovation mission to the USA

April 8th, 2019|

In March 2019, on behalf of New Frontiers In Food, Valorial coordinated a partnership mission in USA. The mission first stop in MidWest in Chicago and Milwaukee with our local partner ChicagoLand Cluster and FabWisconsin. A second stop was made on the WestCoast, in San Francisco on the Future Food Tech. The delegation gathered together 14 companies, members from our 5 clusters Valorial, Clusaga, Food Valley, Vitagora and Wagralim. [...]

Video: Experiences of the NF4 Innovation Mission to the USA

April 2nd, 2019|

March 18 - 22 2019, a group of 13 SMEs participated in the New Frontiers in Food Fast Forward (NF4) Innovation Mission to the USA. During this visit, the participants gained insights in the US food business, met with interesting contacts and created new business opportunities. Interested in their experience? Watch the video with quotes and experiences of the NF4 Innovation Tour in the USA! [...]

Chinese delegation visiting New Frontiers in Food & Foodvalley NL

April 1st, 2019|

On March 29th 2019, a delegation form the Chinese region Hunan visited the Foodvalley NL office based in The Netherlands. During this session, information about Health Ingredients, Processed Food and Agriculture was exchanged, also in relation to the Chinese market. In addition, the activities of Foodvalley NL and the New Frontiers in Food Fast Forward project (NF4) were further explained and discussed. China is one of the target countries [...]

Network & Learn with the Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network

March 27th, 2019|

On March 20th the NF4-team visited the Chicagoland Food and Beverage Network, in Chicago, IL, as part of the USA Innovation Mission. During an interactive session the 13 participating SMEs provided a pitch on their company and product(s). The NF4 activities were also presented and explained. Please find below a brief summary of the event as described by Chicagoland Food and Beverage Network Written by Tabetha Hawkins, Chicagoland Food [...]

New cluster Food Tech Hub Brazil visiting NF4 and Foodvalley NL

March 8th, 2019|

A new initiative from Brazil, The Food Tech Hub, visited New Frontiers in Food Fast Forward (NF4) and FoodvalleyNL, the food innovation cluster based in The Netherlands. The Food Tech Hub board presented the new cluster and its ambitions during an interactive meeting on February 19th at the FoodvalleyNL office in Wageningen, The Netherlands. The Food Tech Hub Brazil is aiming to stimulate food innovation in Brazil and for Brazilian companies. The main pillars are focussed on [...]

Meet European companies during the Innovation Tour in the USA

March 6th, 2019|

A cohort of 15 agfood SMEs will visit the USA during the NF4 Innovation Tour from March 18th-22nd. During the Innovation Tour, the delegation will visit Chicago and San Francisco and participate in matchmaking, a company visit, information sessions, B2B meetings and the Future Food Tech conference. These activities are organised by the NF4 consortium in collaboration with Chicagoland Food & Beverage, FaB Wisconsin, SALVEO group and Future Food Tech.   [...]

ENRICH in the USA training event on the 14th of March at CFIA Rennes 2019

February 20th, 2019|

USA is a large market for European agrofood companies. Are you considering doing business in the USA ? On 14th of March from 10:00-12:00 CET, Valorial organizes together with New Frontiers in Food – Fast Forward (NF4) and ENRICH USA a training Session “How to internationalise to the USA”. It will take place in Rennes, France at a large exhibition called CFIA, which for the last 22 [...]

EB meeting hosted by Clusaga in Galicia, Spain

February 13th, 2019|

On February 8th the periodical Executive Board of New Frontiers in Food Fast Forward (NF4) was held in Galicia (ES) In this occasion, CLUSAGA (ES) was the host of the Food Valley (NL); Valorial (FR); Vitagora (FR) and Wagralim (BE) delegations. Apart from the technical issues of NF4, progress assessment and next steps with the focus on the next missions to USA and China, the agenda included some interactions [...]

Cutting edge food technology with Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network

February 11th, 2019|

The Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network will welcome the New Frontiers in Food companies for a morning network event, during the Innovation Tour in the US. The European companies will gain insights in the US food business by the presentations of Alan Reed, Executive Director of Chicagoland Food and Beverage Network & Jeroen Wouters, Director International Foodvalley NL. During this informal event, there is opportunity to learn about [...]

‘China offers a view to the future of e-commerce’

February 6th, 2019|

“People often look at the US to see what will happen to us in the near future, but when you talk about e-commerce it is China to look at.” According to Ching Ping Au from the company Your Op, “China offers a view to the future.” Your Op focuses on business development and market entree for European companies in Asia and China in particular. [...]

NF4 will meet the Food and Beverage Wisconsin during the Innovation Tour in the USA

February 5th, 2019|

NF4 will meet the Food and Beverage Wisconsin during the Innovation Tour in the USA As part of the Innovation Tour to the USA, the NF4-companies will visit one of the first food and beverage cluster organizations in the US, FaB Wisconsin in Milwaukee on the 19th of March. In the session, the companies and clusters will discuss about business opportunities in the US, internal partnerships and share [...]

Fruitful matchmaking

January 30th, 2019|

I am looking forward to this spring. Not just because of the weather, but because then I will visit China with a group of enthusiastic entrepeneurs who will investigate the possibilities for their companies in new markets in Asia. By Tjerna Ellenbroek, New Frontiers in Food China is the fastest growing Asian market in food, and it offers many opportunities for innovative companies. With [...]

Delegations of China and USA visiting NF4

December 14th, 2018|

On December 3rd and December 10th delegations of China and USA, respectively visited Foodvalley NL, the food innovation cluster based in The Netherlands. During an interactive meeting on December 3rd in Wageningen, The Netherlands, the CIPA organisation and a series of accompanying food companies (SMEs as well as larger companies) presented itself. CIPA is the investment and promotion agency of the Ministry of Commerce of China. The organisation focusses on the implementation [...]

Case study Atelier du Fruit – Mission Canada

December 10th, 2018|

In October 2018, a delegation of 13 members from Vitagora and Wagralim took part in a partnership mission to Canada, on the occasion of BENEFIQ, the healthy food event in Québec city, and thanks to the support of Natural Products Canada, the NFIF local partner. Over four months, Atelier du Fruit (FR) had been actively engaged in the mission preparation. As a first step, a diagnosis had been completed [...]

Mission to Canada

December 10th, 2018|

In October 2018, on behalf of New Frontiers In Food (NFIF), Vitagora coordinated a partnership mission in Canada with our local partner Natural Products Canada, in parallel to the BENEFIQ, the healthy food event organized by INAF (Institut sur la Nutrition et l’Alimentation Fonctionnelle) in Québec. The delegation gathered together 13 members from Vitagora and Wagralim. Within this delegation, 6 companies were part of the New Frontiers In Food [...]

China delegation visiting Foodvalley NL

November 30th, 2018|

On November 20th a China delegation visited Foodvalley NL to explore new opportunities for collaboration. The delegation consisted of the plant cultivation and breeding company Shouguang as well as the Food Valley China cluster. In an interactive meeting the actictivies and interests of all parties involved were highlighted. The Food Valley of China is a strategic platform built by Weifang City for food industry transformation and upgrading and a [...]

‘Get Together’ during SIAL Paris

November 1st, 2018|

The New Frontiers in Food consortium organized a business drink named ‘Get Together’ with Belgian-Beers from the Belgium cluster, Wagralim, during SIAL Paris.This was the great time to meet the New Frontiers in Food consortium team and interact with French and Belgian companies.We also welcomed the “Guangdong (China) Imported Food Association” delegation who has a wide network in the southern China, and The “National Confederation of Industry” Brazil delegation, the [...]

Tech Road Show New Frontiers in Food Fast Forward (NF4)

October 26th, 2018|

During the Foodvalley Summit on “Sports & Nutrition” the New Frontiers in Food Fast Forward (NF4) project organized the first Tech Road Show, in the future World Food Center in Ede, The Netherlands. During this international event, more than 100 companies were present from over 15 different countries. In the session ‘New markets outside Europe 2018-2019’, discussion and interaction between SME’s interested in the NF4-project took place. The NF4-clusters [...]

Meet the NF4 cohort at BENEFIQ event, CANADA

September 28th, 2018|

A cohort of 10 companies dedicated to healthy and sustainable food will join the BENEFIQ, event, including 6 European SMEs engaged in the internationalisation programme set-up by the NF4 consortium. Meet the New Frontiers In Food NF4 partners on booth B25,on October 2nd-4th 2018. The NF4 partners are Wagralim (BE), Vitagora (FR), Clusaga (SP), Food Valley (NL) and Valorial (FR). The overall partnership mission has been set-up with [...]

Exploring new frontiers for sports nutrition

September 27th, 2018|

Five European food clusters have united in the New Frontiers in Food Fast Forward (NF4) project to help small and medium sized companies enter other major global markets, and innovative sports nutrition firms could be particularly well-positioned to benefit. The NF4 project is a collaboration between the Food Valley NL food cluster in The Netherlands, Clusaga in Spain, the Valorial and Vitagora clusters in France, and Wagralim in Belgium. Together, [...]

Brazilian delegation visits Wagralim

June 8th, 2018|

Wagralim (Belgium), partner of the New Frontiers in Food Fast Forward (NF4) project, welcomed the FIEP – Industries Federation of Paraná State (Brazil) during the Wallonia Export Days (4th – 5th June). In collaboration with AWEx, Wagralim organized a tailor-made roadshow for FIEP on 6th and 7th June, in which members of Wagralim are implicated. FIEP is a strong and reliable partner of Wagralim for more than 5 years [...]

NF4 recieves ESCP-i label

February 20th, 2018|

On 20th February 2018, DG GROWTH of the European Commission officially awarded the NF4-project with the ESCP-i label. The label was handed out during the award ceremony at the kick-off meeting in Brussels.   The NF4 project is an internationalization fast track accelerator for innovation-intensive food SMEs, powered by a 5-partner food clusters alliance: Clusaga (ES); Food Valley (NL); Valorial (FR); Vitagora (FR) and Wagralim (BE). The activities are  specialized on 3 food industry value chains: processed [...]

Business internationalization event in Galicia, Spain

February 15th, 2018|

Last February 15, CLUSAGA has organized the half-day Workshop Galicia Exports 2018, on the existing support for business internationalization, in cooperation with the Galician Development Agency (IGAPE) and the Spanish Foreign Trade Agency (ICEX). During the workshop, CLUSAGA presented the New Frontiers in Food Fast Forward (NF4) project was presented as the new acceleration program supported by the EU COSME Cluster Go International! Programme. The NF4 project is an internationalization fast [...]

NF4 kick off internationalization accelerator in food

February 15th, 2018|

On February 20th 2018 the New Frontiers in Food Fast Forward (NF4) project organised its internal kick off event in Brussels, Belgium. The NF4 project is an internationalization fast track accelerator for innovation-intensive food SMEs, powered by a 5-partner food clusters alliance: Clusaga (ES); Food Valley (NL); Valorial (FR); Vitagora (FR) and Wagralim (BE). The project is embedded on the successfully-defined road-map of the New Frontiers in Food initial partnership. The [...]