Deep Tech-packaging partnerships for food innovation and security
Innovation in Food Security - Internationalization Support for European SMEs in India & South Africa
Cluster Go International (COS–CLUSINT-2019-3-01), arises from strategic consortium of FoodPackLab strand 1
The project FoodPackLab 2 (FPL2) aims at fostering cross-border and cross-sectorial collaboration of clusters and business networks in the strategic field of smart food chain. It connects clusters from four different sectors (agriculture, food processing, packaging and deep tech) and 5 European countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy and Spain) in order to support European SMEs to access new global value chains and ensure their position as global leaders of innovation in targeted industries.
The collaboration between disruptive technologies (deep tech and smart packaging) and traditional sectors (agriculture and food) within the framework of FoodPackLab 2.0, leads to the development of emerging industries – the existing food sector is transformed into a new value chain, based on 4.0 solutions provided by key enabling technologies (photonics, nanotechnologies as part of deep tech; advanced materials and biotechnology as part of packaging solutions). It uses one of the most disruptive new technologies (deep tech) to combat challenges in one of the most strategic sectors (food industry). It is not only about the new-tech for European economic development. It is about securing the future with sustainable and responsible industries.
The FoodPackLab 2 framework for cross-border and cross-sectoral collaboration, initiated with FoodPackLab, will be further developed through the organisation of FPL 2 webinar series, fact-finding missions, internationalisation missions for European SMEs to India and South Africa and follow up activities. It will result in new business projects between SMEs beneficiating from project´s activities, as well new collaborations between the Partnership and international actors. The Partnership will also elaborate an exit strategy to ensure the sustainability of project outcomes and continuity of work after the project´s end.