Ukraine: {
Ukraїna
}

Welcome

Ukraine is world’s leading exporter of barley and the most important producer of sunflower oil

Agriculture as Ukraine’s economic backbone

Agriculture is one of the strategically important sectors in Ukraine, accounting for 8.2% of the GDP and 14.5% of total goods exports in 2010. It absorbs approximately 15.8% of the total employment. Wheat is the single most important crop in terms of arable land, occupying 20.8% of the total are and accounting for 46.0% of the total output of cereals by volume in 2009. Other important crops in terms of cultivated area are barley, sunflower seed, maize, potatoes, rapeseed and soybeans. 

Room for Improvement

Due to an agrifood industry with a very fragmented structure and fraught with small producers, it is essential to facilitate constant innovation to foster internationalization and competitiveness. Another problem is that production is very diverse and the degree of utilization of agricultural area of the country is very low.

Ukrainian cuisine stems from peasant dishes based on the plentiful grains and staple vegetables grown in the country. Staple crops include sugar beets, potatoes, grapes, cabbages, and mushrooms.

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CLC North-East
Mokotowska 64, 00-534 Warsaw, Poland

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Montenegro: {
Црна Гора
}

Welcome

Diversified agriculture of Montenegro

Covering a relatively small area and benefiting from a Mediterranean climate, Montenegro’s agriculture is quite diversified - from growing olives and citrus fruits in the coastal region, through to early seasonal vegetables and tobacco in the central parts and extensive sheep breeding in the north. The largest share of agricultural land resources consists of pasture and grassland (88%), which is used extensively.

Being close to the sea, Montenegro has a lot of fish and seafood dishes, such as fish salad or goulash. One of traditional methods to prepare fish in the country is drying fish, then smoking it over a fire and lastly cooking it.

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CLC North-East
Mokotowska 64, 00-534 Warsaw, Poland

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Moldova: {
Republica Moldova
}

Welcome

The agrifood sector, a solid pillar of the Macedonian economy

The agriculture sector contributes to GDP for nearly 10% and is relatively stable. The main export products from Macedonia are tobacco, confectionary products, fresh and processed vegetables and fruits, and wine. Almost the totality of the Gross Agricultural Output (70%) is generated by crop production, where vegetables are the main contributors. Tomatoes, peppers and melons dominate the vegetable production. Other important agricultural products are fruit, cereals, tobacco and grapes for wine production as well as for direct consumption. Livestock output has a lesser importance; dairy farming with cow milk production dominates this sub sector.

Room for Improvement

The structure of the agricultural sector is characterized by small-sized family farms, owned or leased, and highly fragmented into small parcels. The state firms, generally much larger, are either not operating or in difficulties, often due the fact that their privatization is not completed.

The low amount of food processing in Macedonia due to problems with the supply of quality raw materials and unsophisticated suppliers, lack of skilled workers, and difficulty accessing financing.

Rich and various Moldovan cuisine has been greatly influenced by traditional cuisines of other nations on its territory, such as Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Gagauz, Russian, Greek and Turkish cuisines.

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CLC North-East
Mokotowska 64, 00-534 Warsaw, Poland

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Faroe Islands: {
Føroyar
}

Welcome

Farmed salmon represents half of Faroe Islands’ export value

Aquaculture as Faroe Islands’ economic backbone

One the most important sectors of the Faroese economy is aquaculture. Fishing has been the main source of income for the Faroe Islands since the late 19th century. Fish and fish products represent between 90 and 95 percent of total export value, and around 20 percent of the GDP. Farmed salmon is a vital part of the Faroese economy, representing half of the country’s export value and providing valuable jobs for communities around the islands.

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CLC North-East
Mokotowska 64, 00-534 Warsaw, Poland

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: {
Bosna i Hercegovina
}

Welcome

The agrifood sector, a solid pillar of the country's economy

The share of the agricultural sector in the overall GDP of Bosnia and Herzegovina stands around 10% and is decreasing, however agriculture still remains one of the most important economic sectors in the country, providing food security for a significant part of rural population. Out of total area of 5, 113 million hectares of the country, 47% represents agriculture land. Bosnia and Herzegovina is relatively poor in agriculture resources: large parts of the country are mountainous (66% of territory is considered mountainous or hilly), only 20% (approx.1.0 million ha) is suitable for intensive farming.

The structural of agriculture is sector is characterised by small sized family farms which to large extent produce for home consumption – over 50% of agriculture holdings are estimated to be less than 2 ha; the state firms, generally much larger, are mostly not operating or in difficulties often due to not finalized state of privatisation. Agricultural production is dominated by crop production, with livestock production representing less than one third of the total output.

Room for Improvement

Due to an agrifood industry with a very fragmented structure and fraught with small producers, it is essential to facilitate constant innovation in the country to foster internationalization and competitiveness.

Bosnia and Herzegovina cuisine has been influenced by Western and Eastern neighbouring countries. The food is closely related to former Yugoslav, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and other Balkan cuisines.

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CLC North-East
Mokotowska 64, 00-534, Warsaw, Poland

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Armenia: {
Հայաստան
}

Welcome

Armenian agriculture 

Agriculture is one of the most important sectors of the Armenian economy. Armenia’s exports are concentrated on food and beverages (canned and fresh food, brandy). A central component of the Armenian agricultural sector is livestock breeding.

Room for Improvement

Farm structure in Armenia is dominated by a large number of small-scale farms with fragmented land holdings. Therefore, it is essential to facilitate constant innovation to foster internationalization and competitiveness.

For Armenians the pomegranate is one of the most recognizable symbols of the country. In Armenian mythology it symbolizes fertility and good fortune.

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CLC North-East
Mokotowska 64, 00-534 Warsaw, Poland

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Georgia: {
გამარჯობა
}

Welcome

The agrifood sector, a solid pillar of the Georgian economy

Georgia is traditionally an agricultural country, which has has favorable climatic and natural conditions conducive to development of agriculture. 43.4% (more than 3 million hectares) of the whole territory of Georgia is designated as agricultural land which also includes pastures and meadows. 43% of the area is covered with forest.

Georgia’s fertile soil and favorable climate support production of a wide variety of high‐value agricultural products including grapes and wine, nuts (hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, and chestnuts), citrus fruits, apples, peaches, and apricots.

For Georgia, agriculture remains an important sector in terms of GDP contribution. In 2016, agriculture accounted for 12.4 percent of GDP.

Georgia has more than 500 varieties of indigenous grapes, including endangered vines found nowhere else on Earth. Grapes are not used only for wine, but also for traditional Georgian sweets - Churchkhela - nuts dipped in thickened grape juice.

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CLC North-East
Mokotowska 64, 00-534 Warsaw, Poland

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Albania: {
Shqipëria
}

Welcome

Albania is the 13th largest producer of figs in the world

The agrifood sector, a solid pillar of the Albanian economy

Albania is distinguished for its rich biological diversity. The country is characterised by a mild climate, fertile land and abundant water resources. Albania produces significant amounts of wheat, corn, tobacco, figs (13th largest producer in the world) and olives.

Room for Improvement

Because of farms’ small size and limited mechanization, the agriculture sector remains largely underdeveloped. The limited use of fertilizers and pesticides creates opportunities for organic agriculture.

Albanian pies are among the most characteristic and emblematic dishes in traditional cuisine. They can be either sweet or savory. Notable pies include pite, flia, byrek, Pepeq, Shaprak, and Qollopita.

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CLC North-East
Mokotowska 64, 00-534 Warsaw

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North Macedonia: {
Северна Македонија
}

Welcome

The agrifood sector, a solid pillar of the Macedonian economy

The agriculture sector contributes to GDP for nearly 10% and is relatively stable. The main export products from Macedonia are tobacco, confectionary products, fresh and processed vegetables and fruits, and wine. Almost the totality of the Gross Agricultural Output (70%) is generated by crop production, where vegetables are the main contributors. Tomatoes, peppers and melons dominate the vegetable production. Other important agricultural products are fruit, cereals, tobacco and grapes for wine production as well as for direct consumption. Livestock output has a lesser importance; dairy farming with cow milk production dominates this sub sector.

Room for Improvement

The structure of the agricultural sector is characterized by small-sized family farms, owned or leased, and highly fragmented into small parcels. The state firms, generally much larger, are either not operating or in difficulties, often due the fact that their privatization is not completed.

The low amount of food processing in Macedonia due to problems with the supply of quality raw materials and unsophisticated suppliers, lack of skilled workers, and difficulty accessing financing.

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CLC North-East
Mokotowska 64, 00-534 Warsaw, Poland

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Romania: {
România
}

Welcome

Romania takes first place in EU in terms of the amount of agricultural holdings and is one of EIT Food’s RIS countries

Agriculture as Romania’s economic backbone

The agriculture sector in Romania accounts for 5.3 % of the total national Gross Value Added and constitutes circa 29.4% of the total employment. The country is on the first place in the European Union in terms of the amount of agricultural holdings and on the second place in terms of the agricultural population. Distinctive soil and climate conditions of Romania favour diversified production.

Room for Improvement

The Romanian agriculture remains insufficiently mechanized and water withdrawals remain at high level. The R&D sector lacks investments. In 2015, Romania spent around 0.5% of its GDP on scientific research, which represents one of the lowest scientific budgets in Europe. EIT Food can foster Romania’s innovation by creating connections within Europe and supporting the mechanisation of the agrifood sector.

EIT Food Hub in Romania: Satean

Satean is a nonprofit organization that operates as a Regional Development Agency and as a Vocational Educational Training. It is a training provider authorized and recognised by the Romanian Employment Ministry (Agency CNFPA). It has an extensive and long-lasting experience in the management of EU funds. In its activities it creates an important bridge between academic/educational world and labour market. Satean is located in Braila and operates within the whole Romanian territory.

Romanian cuisine is a unique blend of different dishes from several European traditions.

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EIT Food Hub in Romania
Satean
15th, Calea Calarasilor Street,
Braila, Romania

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Events

12 September 2019

RIS Demo Day - Romania - 2019

Romania
Serbia: {
Srbija
}

Welcome

Serbia is the number two producer of raspberries in the world

Agriculture at the heart of the country’s economy

Serbia’s fertile land and natural conditions for agricultural production. The major agricultural land is in the northern part of the country Agriculture in Serbia is an engine for development of rural areas. Agriculture’s contribution to Serbia’s GDP remains high. In 2016, agriculture accounted for 11.9 percent of GDP.

Approximately 60 percent of Serbia’s agricultural land is used for cereal crop production including corn, wheat, barley, sunflowers, soya, and sugar beets. Agriculture is also the most important export sector in Serbia.

Room for Improvement

Serbia needs to define budgetary incentives and adopt laws and rulebooks that facilitate agricultural development, as well as greater farmer training and exposure to new technologies. Serbian agrifood sector could benefit from achieving current European standards and EIT Food can help them follow the right course.

Serbian cuisine is a heterogeneous cuisine. It is blend of Mediterranean flavours with the heartier eating habits of Central Europe.

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CLC North-East
Mokotowska 64, 00-534 Warsaw, Poland

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Slovakia: {
Slovensko
}

Welcome

Agriculture as the backbone of the economic system of the Slovak Republic

In 2016, agriculture accounted for 3.6% of Slovakia’s GDP and occupied about 3.9% of the labour force. Farming sector is characterised by large farm holdings - the average farm size in Slovakia is 77.5 hectares, relative to the EU average of 14.4 ha. Over 40% of the land in Slovakia is cultivated.

The primary agricultural products are sugar beets, potatoes, wheat, barley, fruit, forest products, corn, pigs, cattle, poultry, and sheep. Another important sector in Slovakia's agriculture is malting and beer production. The country's most important agricultural trading partners are the Czech Republic, Germany, and Poland.

Room for Improvement

The main challenge for the country’s agriculture is the lack of interest among young people in going into farming. Furthermore, R&D sector lacks investments. Only approximately 0,7% of Slovakia’s GDP is spent on scientific research, which represents one of the lowest scientific budgets in Europe. Slovakia’s agri-food sector needs fundamental support and incentives for farmers to remain in the market through enhancing eco-systems related to agriculture.

EIT Food Hub in Slovak Republic: Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra

Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra is the only agricultural university in Slovak Republic. One of the main research focuses of the university is the food sector. With its national scope, the university brings the education, research and development and the transfer into practise together. The relevant internal infrastructure of the university for "agricultural product - food system" prioritly includes the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences and the AgroBioTech Research Center with Transfer Centre. The university created National Platform AgroBioFood Nitra to present Slovak Republic in the field of foodstuffs and biotechnology as the national node.

The national dish of Slovakia, bryndzove; haluky, is potato-dough gnocchi topped with soft sheep bryndza cheese and fried bits of bacon. The dish exemplifies the nature of Slovak cuisine; high-energy, low-cost and quick to prepare.

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EIT Food Hub in Slovak Republic
Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra
Tr. A. Hlinku 2
949 76 Nitra, Slovak Republic

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Events

19 September 2019

RIS Demo Day - Slovakia - 2019

Slovakia
The Netherlands: {
Nederland
}

The Netherlands are part of EIT Food's Co-location Centre CLC Central GmbH

The Netherlands are part of  EIT Food's Co-location Centre CLC Central GmbH.

United Kingdom: {
}

Events

17 October 2019

EIT Food at Future Food-Tech 2019

United Kingdom
Turkey: {
Türkiye
}

Turkey

Turkey holds a strong position as exporter of agrifood products and is one of EIT Food’s RIS countries

The agrifood sector is one of the main drivers of Turkey’s economy

The Turkish food and agriculture industry represents over 7% of the GDP, being a vibrant area with a lot of farmers and quality cultivable land. Moreover, Turkey is the main exporter of agrifood products to the Middle East and central Asia. Specifically, it is the world’s largest producer of hazelnuts, figs, apricots and raisins. And aquaculture is increasingly now a significant subsector of its agrifood economy.

Room for Improvement

Although Turkey has substantial research potential, there is still a relatively low impact of their scientific publications. Furthermore, the Turkish farming sector with its large share of semi-subsistent and fragmented farms could benefit from modernising its up- and downstream industries through smart specialisation strategies. EIT Food can foster innovation by creating connections within Europe and supporting the mechanisation of the agrifood sector.

Turkish cuisine is the fusion of Ottoman cuisine together with culinary traditions from Central Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe and the Balkan region.

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CLC South
1. Fernando VI 17-1º Izda, 28004 Madrid
2. Parque Tecnológico de Bizkaia, Lekandene, Laida Bidea 214, 48170 Zamudio (Bizkaia)

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News

50 students enjoy EIT Food paid internships in the agri-food sector News

50 students enjoy EIT Food paid internships in the agri-food sector

12 Aug 2019 Both the beneficiaries for the RIS Fellowships, from higher education and young entrepreneurs, and RIS Talents, doctoral students and young postdocs, have already started their 3-6 month traineeships
5 finalists for the RIS Food Solutions 2019 News

5 finalists for the RIS Food Solutions 2019

06 Aug 2019 EIT Food RIS Solutions is aimed at engaging student groups with multi-disciplinary backgrounds, from RIS countries and of all educational levels, to work jointly on problem cases responding to agrifood challenges in RIS countries
EIT Food Hubs for 2019-2020 Selected! News

EIT Food Hubs for 2019-2020 Selected!

06 Mar 2019 EIT Food CLC North-East and CLC South have selected, with the help of external, independent experts,  the new organisations that will perform the role of EIT Food Hubs in 2019-2020
More than 300 participants at the AgriFood Demo Days in Spain, Portugal Turkey, Italy and Greece

More than 300 participants at the AgriFood Demo Days in Spain, Portugal Turkey, Italy and Greece

19 Dec 2018 The  EIT  Food  CLC  South  has  organised  several  AgriFood  Demo  Days  over  the  past  weeks
Call for expressions of interest to become EIT Food Hubs in 2019-2020 News

Call for expressions of interest to become EIT Food Hubs in 2019-2020

18 Dec 2018 EIT Food is looking for 13 organisations that would assume the roles of EIT Food Hubs in 13 countries targeted by EIT Food’s Regional Innovation Scheme: Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey
EIT Food Hubs selection process - results News

EIT Food Hubs selection process - results

18 Apr 2018 It is a great pleasure for us to inform you that our EIT Food centres CLC North-East and CLC South have selected the following organisations to perform the role of EIT Food Hubs in 2018

Events

18 September 2019

RIS Demo Day - Turkey - 2019

Turkey
Switzerland: {
Schweiz
}

Switzerland

News

EIT Food Accelerator Network announces second cohort of agrifood startups EIT Food Projects

EIT Food Accelerator Network announces second cohort of agrifood startups

19 Jun 2019 Leuven, 19 June 2019 – EIT Food (The food Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology) announced today the 54 high-impact agrifood startups that have been selected to join the EIT Food Acceleration Network (EIT FAN) in its 5 acceleration hubs across Europe
Sweden: {
Sverige
}

Välkommen

Climatically diversified Sweden belongs to the leading oats producing countries

Swedish agriculture in brief

Although Sweden is one of the largest countries in Europe in terms of area, the cultivated area is only some 2,7 million hectares - about 6,5 percent of Sweden’s total land area. The country’s climate is diversified. Agriculture faces very different conditions in the north compared to the south.

The animal production is playing a central role in Swedish agriculture. Over 50 percent of Swedish farms have animal production. The Swedish dairy sector accounts for around one third of the animal production measured in production value. Poultry is the fastest growing animal sector and this production has increased by around 40 percent in the last ten years. The number of dairy cows has, however, been decreasing over a long period of time. Sweden has a strict animal welfare legislation.

Swedish crop production is dominated by cereals, mostly barley, oats and wheat, as well as by grassland. Some 40 per cent of arable land is sown to cereals. Cereals and cereal products are Sweden’s largest export products.

The food industry is Sweden´s fourth largest manufacturing industry and it plays an important role in raising value by transforming agricultural products into high-quality food and drinks.

The main part of Swedish agri-food exports go to other European countries, most of which to Nordic countries. The largest individual markets for Swedish exports are Denmark, Finland, Norway and the US.

Room for improvement

The number of people engaged in agriculture is steadily decreasing. About 2% of the economically active population is engaged in farming. The farmers’ average age is high, 74% are older than 50 years.

In Sweden, Thursday's lunch is reserved for pea soup and pancakes. They are on the menu in every Swedish lunch restaurant and staff canteen.

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CLC North-East
Mokotowska 64, 00-534 Warsaw, Poland

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Spain: {
España
}

Spain

Spain is one of the leading fish producers in the world and is one of EIT Food’s RIS countries

The agrifood sector as a spearhead of the Spanish economy

The Spanish agrifood sector has a major impact on the country’s economy, mainly in terms of employment, revenue and exports. Due to varying climate conditions, Spain has a diversified, regional production and a keen eye for innovative changes. This coupled with a high interest in R&D and a considerable research potential, makes Spain a clear recipient of EIT Food projects.

Room for Improvement

With a lack of effective cooperation among scientists, government and businesses, EIT Food can be the crucial link that strengthens these necessary bonds among Spanish actors. Furthermore, due to an agrifood industry with a very fragmented structure and fraught with small producers, it is essential to facilitate constant innovation to foster internationalization and competitiveness.

With a diverse regional cuisine and a good climate, Spain benefits from a wide range of ingredients, which makes Spanish culinary traditions well-known around the globe.

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CLC South
Calle de Serrano Anguita, 13, 28004 Madrid. Spain
Parque Tecnológico de Bizkaia. Lekandene. Laida Bidea 214. 48170 Zamudio (Bizkaia) Spain

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News

EIT Food South participates in a €4 million EU project: WaSeaBi News

EIT Food South participates in a €4 million EU project: WaSeaBi

20 Aug 2019 WaSeaBi is an EU-funded project that aims to develop and test new concepts, which will ensure that side-streams from aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic processing industries can be exploited for production of new products and ingredients
50 students enjoy EIT Food paid internships in the agri-food sector News

50 students enjoy EIT Food paid internships in the agri-food sector

12 Aug 2019 Both the beneficiaries for the RIS Fellowships, from higher education and young entrepreneurs, and RIS Talents, doctoral students and young postdocs, have already started their 3-6 month traineeships
EIT Food launches the Master in Food Systems at the University of Madrid

EIT Food launches the Master in Food Systems at the University of Madrid

05 Aug 2019 Become a new breed of food entrepreneur enrolling in a unique Master programme promoted by EIT Food
EIT FOOD SOUTH JOINS the Basque Innovation Agency: INNOBASQUE

EIT FOOD SOUTH JOINS the Basque Innovation Agency: INNOBASQUE

12 Jul 2019 EIT Food South is from now on part of the Basque Innovation Agency (Innobasque)
Ten start-ups from various European countries at the EIT FAN in Bilbao News

Ten start-ups from various European countries at the EIT FAN in Bilbao

04 Jul 2019 10 startups from different European countries will take part in the EIT FAN Accelerator programme in Bilbao, from July until October, in order to grow their businesses and acquire the required knowledge to become the future leading startups in the agrifood system

Events

03 October 2019

EIT Food Fun&Fan

Spain
04 October 2019

II EIT Food Innovation Forum

Spain
03 October 2019

RIS Demo Day - Spain - 2019

Spain
05 October 2019

Food Fashion Day

Spain
Slovenia: {
Slovenija
}

Welcome

Slovenia is determined to address the agrifood challenges and is one of EIT Food’s RIS countries

The agrifood sector, a solid pillar of the Slovenian economy

Net sales revenue of food enterprises in Slovenia is 2.2 billion EUR and net sales revenue in foreign markets is 599 million EUR.The greatest share (44 %) of all food processing enterprises is constituted by enterprses that produce bread, fresh pastry goods and cakes, followed by enterprises that produce meat products and meat (except poultry) respectively.

Although agriculture plays a significant role in Slovenia’s economy, due to the decreasing share of land used for agriculture, there is expected gradual marginalisation of the sector. The chance can be seen in the increasing number of organic agricultural holdings, but the competitiveness of Slovenian farms ­­– as compared to other EU countries – remains low because of their small size.

Slovenian R&D sector receives considerable investments, the country spends over 2.0% of its GDP on scientific research, which exceeds average scientific budgets in Europe.

Room for Improvement

Slovenia’s agrifood sector needs fundamental support and incentives for farmers to remain in the market through restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture. Future development of the sector depends on the production of high-quality products with higher value added and subsequently the access to modern technology, land, financial assets, knowledge and innovation.

EIT Food Hub in Slovenia: Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia / Chamber of Agricultural and Food Enterprises (CCIS-CAFE)

CCIS-CAFE is the biggest organization representing the interest of around 200 agricultural and food companies, registered in Slovenia. In order to reach its goals it works closely with the Slovenian governmental and non-governmental institutions/organisations, as well as the equivalent EU associations. Due to its close collaboration with the food industry it acts as a multiple purpose adviser for its members.

Potica, the most typical Slovenian sweet bakery product, appears in many different forms. It gets its flavour from about 80 different fillings. The most common potica is the walnut potica.

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EIT Food Hub in Slovenia
CCIS-CAFE
Dimičeva 13, SI-1504 Ljubljana
Slovenia

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Portugal: {
Portugal
}

Welcome

Portugal is the largest global producer of cork and is one of EIT Food’s RIS countries

Agriculture as Portugal’s economic backbone

Portugal’s agrifood sector is one of the leading employers in the country. Thanks to good weather and landscape conditions, it has a very diversified agriculture, where fruit and vegetables are the key crops. Furthermore, Portugal’s ability to reinvent themselves and create new products and new production techniques makes Portugal an outstanding EIT Food member.

Room for Improvement

While Portuguese R&D is in full bloom, with a highly skilled workforce and with a substantial research potential, the investment in environmental technologies still remains low. EIT Food can foster innovation by creating connections among different actors and supporting the empowerment and enhancement of small producers.

In essence, Portugal has much potential for becoming a leading innovator thanks to the regeneration of rural areas, the competitiveness of the agrifood sector and the development of new solutions.

Portuguese cuisine is based on the use of olive oil, rice, pastries, seafood and a mix of foreign ingredients obtained thanks to the trade routes established centuries ago.

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CLC South
1. Fernando VI 17-1º Izda, 28004 Madrid
2. Parque Tecnológico de Bizkaia, Lekandene, Laida Bidea 214, 48170 Zamudio (Bizkaia)

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News

50 students enjoy EIT Food paid internships in the agri-food sector News

50 students enjoy EIT Food paid internships in the agri-food sector

12 Aug 2019 Both the beneficiaries for the RIS Fellowships, from higher education and young entrepreneurs, and RIS Talents, doctoral students and young postdocs, have already started their 3-6 month traineeships
Innovative ideas at the Demo Day in Lisbon

Innovative ideas at the Demo Day in Lisbon

01 Aug 2019 From the 31st of July until the 1st of August, EIT Food South organized an AgriFood Demo Day in Lisbon (Portugal), gathering over 70 participants, selected from a vast number of applicants
EIT Food South and PeakBridge host a pre-Horasis Summit event in Lisbon

EIT Food South and PeakBridge host a pre-Horasis Summit event in Lisbon

08 Apr 2019 EIT Food and PeakBridge, EIT Food South partner, organised an intimate side-event in Lisbon to the 2019 Horasis Global Meeting
EIT Food South Brings Three Successful Agrifood Startups to the Techstars Startup Week Bilbao

EIT Food South Brings Three Successful Agrifood Startups to the Techstars Startup Week Bilbao

11 Mar 2019 In recent years, the food sector has consolidated itself as one of the areas in full growth in southern Europe
EIT Food Hubs for 2019-2020 Selected! News

EIT Food Hubs for 2019-2020 Selected!

06 Mar 2019 EIT Food CLC North-East and CLC South have selected, with the help of external, independent experts,  the new organisations that will perform the role of EIT Food Hubs in 2019-2020
More than 300 participants at the AgriFood Demo Days in Spain, Portugal Turkey, Italy and Greece

More than 300 participants at the AgriFood Demo Days in Spain, Portugal Turkey, Italy and Greece

19 Dec 2018 The  EIT  Food  CLC  South  has  organised  several  AgriFood  Demo  Days  over  the  past  weeks

Events

09 November 2019

EIT Food awareness Day in Idanha

Portugal
18 October 2019

Greenfest

Portugal
13 November 2019

The EIT Food Venture Summit

Portugal
Poland: {
Polska
}

Poland

Poland is the largest global producer and exporter of apples as well as one of EIT Food’s RIS countries

The agrifood sector as a spearhead of the Polish economy

Poland’s agrifood sector is one of the leading employers in the country. The country is one of the leading agricultural, horticultural and animal producers in Europe. Specifically, it is the largest producer and exporter of apples, poultry, carrots, white cabbage, triticale, blackcurrant and mushrooms.

Room for Improvement

Although Poland has substantial research potential, only around 1% of GDP is spent on scientific research, which represents one of the lowest scientific budgets in Europe. Furthermore, the Polish farming sector with its large share of fragmented farms could benefit from modernising its up- and downstream industries through smart specialisation strategies. EIT Food can foster innovation by creating connections between government, private and science stakeholders.

In Poland RIS activities are implemented by EIT Food CLC North-East.

EIT Food Hub in Poland: EIT Food CLC North-East

In Poland the role of EIT Food Hub is within the competences of EIT Food local office: EIT Food CLC North-East (CLC stands for “co-location centre”).

Our donuts are not round. Polish donuts are like a ball with frosting on the top. There is a marmalade, rose jam or another jam inside.

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Marcin Kardas, PhD
EIT Food CLC North-East
Mokotowska 64, 00-534 Warsaw

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Events

Norway: {
Norge
}

Welcome

With a coastline of more than 83 000 km, including fjords and islands, Norway is one of the world’s leading nations regarding the production from marine fisheries and aquaculture. The fisheries sector has always played a key social and economic role, nationally and regionally, and has been the basis for settlement and employment along the entire Norwegian coast. Intensive farming of Atlantic salmon is by far the most important activity, accounting for more than 80 percent of the total Norwegian aquaculture production. Rainbow trout is also important.

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CLC North-East
Mokotowska 64, 00-534 Warsaw, Poland

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Malta: {
Malta
}

Welcome

Malta is determined to address the agrifood challenges and work for a smart future

Benefitting from the innovation boom in agriculture

Even if Malta relies on imports to cover their food requirements, their agrifood sector remains relevant with excellent crops of fruits and vegetables. Moreover, their livestock industry allows them to produce enough milk for domestic consumption. However, what is at the centre of its agrifood economy is the fishing sector, which has driven a rise in seafood exports thanks to the introduction of fish farming.

Room for Improvement

With a high potential for using their expertise in food processing to compete in the export market, Malta has to get closer to sustainable agriculture, improve the quality of their produce and dramatically reduce the use of pesticides or fertilizers. EIT Food can promote links among accomplished European actors to find the key innovations that would make Malta’s agrifood sector become a top player at European level.

Maltese cuisine is the fusion of the cooking habits of the many civilisations who occupied the Maltese Islands over the centuries, and it is still based on herbs, olives, anchovies and olive oil.

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CLC South
1. Fernando VI 17-1º Izda, 28004 Madrid
2. Parque Tecnológico de Bizkaia, Lekandene, Laida Bidea 214, 48170 Zamudio (Bizkaia)

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News

50 students enjoy EIT Food paid internships in the agri-food sector News

50 students enjoy EIT Food paid internships in the agri-food sector

12 Aug 2019 Both the beneficiaries for the RIS Fellowships, from higher education and young entrepreneurs, and RIS Talents, doctoral students and young postdocs, have already started their 3-6 month traineeships
Luxembourg: {
Lëtzebuerg
}

Luxembourg

Lithuania: {
Lietuva
}

Welcome

Lithuania is determined to address the agrifood challenges and is one of EIT Food’s RIS countries

The agrifood sector, a solid pillar of the Lithuanian economy

Agriculture plays a significant role in Lithuania’s economy. In 2015, the agriculture offered workplaces for nearly one tenth of the employed population (ca. 9.2% of total employment). However, the country’s agriculture is challenged by significant migration and rural area depopulation.

The accession to European Union in 2004 contributed to the rapid increase of organic farming and the rate is growing.

Room for Improvement

Lithuanian agrifood sector needs technological modernization and cost-effective technologies,  as  well as shifting toward high quality foods. It is essential to facilitate constant innovation to foster internationalization and competitiveness. In order to strengthen the country’s research potential, EIT Food can help in widening international cooperation of local universities and researchers.

EIT Food Hub in Lithuania: Kaunas University of Technology

Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) is a leading Lithuanian university providing a wide range of studies, closely cooperating with business and implementing research and development projects. Food Institute and the Department of Food Science and Technology of KTU plays a crucial role in the context of food science in Lithuania. In 2012 KTU opened the first academic start-up incubator KTU Startup Space, where more than 70 startups were launched, including agrifood startups.

Cepelinai are made from grated and riced potatoes and stuffed with ground meat or dry curd cheese or mushrooms. So named because their shape resembles that of a Zeppelin airship.

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EIT Food Hub in Lithuania
Kaunas University of Technology
National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre
Studentų g. 67, Kaunas, Lithuania

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Latvia: {
Latvija
}

Welcome

Biologically diversified Latvia is one of EIT Food’s RIS countries

The Food System at the Heart of Latvia’s Economy

The food and beverage industry is the second largest industrial sector in Latvia, producing around 23 % of the total output in manufacturing in 2017. In 2017, Latvia’s biggest trading partners were Lithuania (18% of Latvia's total trade turnover), Germany (9%), Estonia (9%), Russia (8%) and Poland (7%).

Foreign trade in Latvia has consistently increased since Latvia’s accession to the EU. Europe is a large market that consumes many Latvian products: cheeses, butter, milk and milk powders, canned fish, fruit and berry preparations, pickles, various grains, meat products, confectionery, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Room for Improvement

Less than 0,5% of Latvia’s GDP is spent on scientific research, which represents one of the lowest scientific budgets in Europe. It is essential to facilitate constant innovation to foster internationalization and competitiveness of the country.

EIT Food Hub in Latvia: Riga Technical University (RTU)

RTU is the only polytechnic university in Latvia and the largest university in the country – it educates and trains almost 15 thousand students. RTU is focused on becoming a third generation university that not only provides high quality education, but also conducts advanced research and ensures innovation and technology transfer, practically implementing scientific discoveries. RTU is constantly developing its infrastructure by constructing a campus on Ķīpsala Island. On completion, the campus will be the most advanced engineering study centre in the Baltic Region.

As 50% of Latvia’s territory is forests, Latvians have strong traditions for collecting natural products - 60 000 tons of edible mushrooms and even more plants with healing qualities are picked for household needs every year.

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EIT Food Hub in Latvia
Riga Technical University
Ķīpsalas Street 6,Rīga
LV-1658, Latvia

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Events

05 September 2019

RIS Demo Day - Latvia - 2019

Latvia
Italy: {
Italia
}

Welcome

Italy is leading the global market for pasta, has one of the largest GDP values in the EU and is one of EIT Food’s RIS countries

The Food System at the Heart of its Economy

With a great number of regional smart specialization strategies related to the food sector, Italy is becoming one of the European leaders in the agricultural production and processing industry. This together with their high-quality raw materials and their specialization in the manufacturing and export of food processing machinery, such as tractors, makes Italy a key EIT Food member.

Room for Improvement

Due to their geographical diversification, with an industrial north and a less-developed agricultural south, encouraging synergies between these two poles could led to the creation of an even stronger food sector with high rates of innovation and technological progress.

Moreover, Italy is one of the leading countries in the world in the publication of articles on agrifood subjects, which implies a meaningful research potential that can be fostered through EIT education activities.

Worldwide there are more than 600 varieties of pasta: different sizes of spaghetti, stuffed ravioli, penne or tubes, essential ingredient of the Mediterranean Diet.

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CLC South
CLC South
1. Fernando VI 17-1º Izda, 28004 Madrid
2. Parque Tecnológico de Bizkaia, Lekandene, Laida Bidea 214, 48170 Zamudio (Bizkaia)

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News

3bee and EvJa, the winning startups in the EIT Food Demo Day in Bari News

3bee and EvJa, the winning startups in the EIT Food Demo Day in Bari

20 Aug 2019 On the 26th of October, EIT Food South organized an AgriFood Demo Day in Bari (Italy)
50 students enjoy EIT Food paid internships in the agri-food sector News

50 students enjoy EIT Food paid internships in the agri-food sector

12 Aug 2019 Both the beneficiaries for the RIS Fellowships, from higher education and young entrepreneurs, and RIS Talents, doctoral students and young postdocs, have already started their 3-6 month traineeships
How will new and innovative technologies influence the supermarket of the future?

How will new and innovative technologies influence the supermarket of the future?

16 May 2019 How will we buy foods? What will supermarkets be like in 2025? Supermarkets are in the process of reinventing themselves
EIT Food Hubs for 2019-2020 Selected! News

EIT Food Hubs for 2019-2020 Selected!

06 Mar 2019 EIT Food CLC North-East and CLC South have selected, with the help of external, independent experts,  the new organisations that will perform the role of EIT Food Hubs in 2019-2020
EIT Food at the International Food Journalism Festival in Turin - 21-22 February 2019 News

EIT Food at the International Food Journalism Festival in Turin - 21-22 February 2019

20 Feb 2019   Is it possible to innovate food with and for the consumer? This will be the provocative question opening the panel debate organised by EIT Food at the 4th edition of the International Food Journalism Festival in Turin this week
More than 300 participants at the AgriFood Demo Days in Spain, Portugal Turkey, Italy and Greece

More than 300 participants at the AgriFood Demo Days in Spain, Portugal Turkey, Italy and Greece

19 Dec 2018 The  EIT  Food  CLC  South  has  organised  several  AgriFood  Demo  Days  over  the  past  weeks

Events

Israel: {
יִשְׂרָאֵל‬ | إِسْرَائِيل
}

Israel

Israel, with a thriving agrifood industry, is in the lead of agricultural development and research

Innovation as a fundamental pillar for their agrifood sector

Popular for a growing, high-tech agrifood industry, Israel is a leading exporter of fresh produce and agricultural technologies. Besides, their growing health interest has driven them to develop organic, sugar free and meatless foods.

Room for Improvement

More than half of the country’s area is desert, the weather is extremely dry and the water scarcity does not encourage crops or farming. Israel has therefore felt the need to focus on increasing crop quality and irrigation. Therefore, EIT Food can introduce them as a benchmark for Southern European countries with similar issues, while building a bridge for them to work closely with the EU in agrifood projects.

Israeli has invested in drip and micro-irrigation solutions and has created self-cleaning models that maintain uniform flow rate regardless of water quality and pressure.

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CLC South
1. Fernando VI 17-1º Izda, 28004 Madrid
2. Parque Tecnológico de Bizkaia, Lekandene, Laida Bidea 214, 48170 Zamudio (Bizkaia)

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News

50 students enjoy EIT Food paid internships in the agri-food sector News

50 students enjoy EIT Food paid internships in the agri-food sector

12 Aug 2019 Both the beneficiaries for the RIS Fellowships, from higher education and young entrepreneurs, and RIS Talents, doctoral students and young postdocs, have already started their 3-6 month traineeships
Call for participation: DISRUPT ME News

Call for participation: DISRUPT ME

07 Aug 2019 DISRUPT ME: a programme for European corporations to engage with disruptive Israeli startups - 2019
EIT Food Accelerator Network announces second cohort of agrifood startups EIT Food Projects

EIT Food Accelerator Network announces second cohort of agrifood startups

19 Jun 2019 Leuven, 19 June 2019 – EIT Food (The food Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology) announced today the 54 high-impact agrifood startups that have been selected to join the EIT Food Acceleration Network (EIT FAN) in its 5 acceleration hubs across Europe
Call for expressions of interest to become EIT Food Hubs in 2019-2020 News

Call for expressions of interest to become EIT Food Hubs in 2019-2020

18 Dec 2018 EIT Food is looking for 13 organisations that would assume the roles of EIT Food Hubs in 13 countries targeted by EIT Food’s Regional Innovation Scheme: Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey
Ten start-ups compete for the final awards of the 2018 EIT Food Accelerator Network Programme News

Ten start-ups compete for the final awards of the 2018 EIT Food Accelerator Network Programme

24 Oct 2018 The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Food announced today the selection of the ten finalists of its 2018 Food Accelerator Network Programme
EIT Food Hubs selection process - results News

EIT Food Hubs selection process - results

18 Apr 2018 It is a great pleasure for us to inform you that our EIT Food centres CLC North-East and CLC South have selected the following organisations to perform the role of EIT Food Hubs in 2018

Events

23 September 2019

FoodTechIL - Israel

Israel
23 September 2019

EIT Food at FoodTech IL 2019

Israel
Ireland: {
Éire
}

Iceland: {
Ísland
}

Hungary: {
Magyarország
}

Welcome

Hungary is one of the leading producers of bell peppers and one of EIT Food’s RIS countries

The Agri-food Sector as a Spearhead of the Hungarian Economy

The agriculture industry plays a strategic role in the Hungarian economy. Advantageous natural features constitute a basis for both crop production and animal rearing. The majority of export products constitute grains, meats and meat products, vegetables and fruits, animal feed, animal fats, vegetable oils and waxes. Hungary is also characterised by a well-developed higher education and research system.

Room for Improvement

One of the biggest challenges for the Hungarian R&D sector is the lack of investments. In 2015, Hungary spent less than 1.5% of its GDP on scientific research. Other weak points in the Hungarian R&D sector are: low rate of R&D expenditures in the public sector and relatively low index of venture capital expenditures; few patent applications, also in the agrifood sector. It is essential to facilitate constant innovation to foster internationalization and competitiveness.

The traditional Hungarian cuisine is the result of centuries of Turkish, Germanic and Slavic influences.

EIT Food Hub in Hungary: Campden BRI Hungary

Campden BRI Hungary is an independent R&D centre that has skills and experience on knowledge transfer, training, networking, fostering innovation on FSCM, transparency and food safety risk assessment, application of transdisciplinary knowledge and solutions from ICT, advanced manufacturing sectors for solving technological problems in the modernization of the food industry by using their enabling functions. This is supported by practical experience in food and process development, legal, consumer and sensory research.

Hungary is a tomato paradise - literally. The Hungarian word "paradicsom" stands for both ‘paradise’ and ‘tomato’.

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Campden BRI Hungary (EIT Food Hub in Hungary)
Haller u. 2, 1096 Budapest, Hungary

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Events

15 October 2019

EIT Food at Innoveit 2019

Hungary
Greece: {
Ελλάδα
}

Welcome

Greece is the third largest producer of olive oil in the world and is one of EIT Food’s RIS countries.

The agrifood sector, a solid pillar of the Greek economy

Greece’s good climate together with their geography and their rich diversity of traditional crops has helped them keep their sales at an adequate level throughout the years. Being at the forefront of the food manufacturers’ market, their agrifood exports account for over 30% of their total exports.

Room for Improvement

Owing to their weak connections among private sector, universities and research institutes, boosting synergies between them could increase the number of patent applications in a country with considerable research potential. All this along with a significant growth in organic farming and a need to increase their land productivity implies that Grecque agrifood sector could benefit from achieving current European standards and EIT Food can help them follow the right course.

Greeks adopt The Mediterranean Diet in its purest form and enjoy lower heart disease, obesity, cancer, and Alzheimer's rates.

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CLC South
1. Fernando VI 17-1º Izda, 28004 Madrid
2. Parque Tecnológico de Bizkaia, Lekandene, Laida Bidea 214, 48170 Zamudio (Bizkaia)

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News

50 students enjoy EIT Food paid internships in the agri-food sector News

50 students enjoy EIT Food paid internships in the agri-food sector

12 Aug 2019 Both the beneficiaries for the RIS Fellowships, from higher education and young entrepreneurs, and RIS Talents, doctoral students and young postdocs, have already started their 3-6 month traineeships
EIT Food Hubs for 2019-2020 Selected! News

EIT Food Hubs for 2019-2020 Selected!

06 Mar 2019 EIT Food CLC North-East and CLC South have selected, with the help of external, independent experts,  the new organisations that will perform the role of EIT Food Hubs in 2019-2020
More than 300 participants at the AgriFood Demo Days in Spain, Portugal Turkey, Italy and Greece

More than 300 participants at the AgriFood Demo Days in Spain, Portugal Turkey, Italy and Greece

19 Dec 2018 The  EIT  Food  CLC  South  has  organised  several  AgriFood  Demo  Days  over  the  past  weeks
Call for expressions of interest to become EIT Food Hubs in 2019-2020 News

Call for expressions of interest to become EIT Food Hubs in 2019-2020

18 Dec 2018 EIT Food is looking for 13 organisations that would assume the roles of EIT Food Hubs in 13 countries targeted by EIT Food’s Regional Innovation Scheme: Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey
EIT Food HUBs Linked to the CLC South

EIT Food HUBs Linked to the CLC South

05 Jun 2018 One of our responsibilities as EIT Food CLC South is to implement a plan of activities following the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) in Southern Europe to contribute to boosting the ability to innovate of certain countries and regions in the area
EIT Food Hubs selection process - results News

EIT Food Hubs selection process - results

18 Apr 2018 It is a great pleasure for us to inform you that our EIT Food centres CLC North-East and CLC South have selected the following organisations to perform the role of EIT Food Hubs in 2018
germany: {
Deutschland
}

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CLC Central GmbH
Gregor-Mendel-Str. 4
85354 Freising
Germany

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News

EIT Food Accelerator Network announces second cohort of agrifood startups EIT Food Projects

EIT Food Accelerator Network announces second cohort of agrifood startups

19 Jun 2019 Leuven, 19 June 2019 – EIT Food (The food Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology) announced today the 54 high-impact agrifood startups that have been selected to join the EIT Food Acceleration Network (EIT FAN) in its 5 acceleration hubs across Europe
France: {
La France
}

France

Events

03 December 2019

Startup Innovation Challenge

France
Finland: {
Suomi
}

Welcome

Finland is a sophisticated market with a high standard of living, knowledgeable consumers and high per capital income levels

Due to the severe Nordic winters and a relatively short growing season, Finland relies heavily on imported food and agricultural products. Finnish farming is characterized by the relatively small proportion of arable land under cultivation, the large proportion of forestland, the small-sized landholdings, the close association of farming with forestry and stock raising, and the generally adverse climatic and soil conditions.

Organic farming, a growing sector in Finland’s agriculture

In 2018, over 12 percent of the country’s agricultural land area was under organic cultivation. Organic land grew steadily in recent years and is expected to total to nearly 300,000 hectares as of 2018. The most cultivated organic crop in terms of volume is oat, with nearly 60 million kilograms produced in 2017.

Finns love their dark rye bread. In 2017, in the vote organised for the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence, the rye bread was ranked in the first place as the national food.

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CLC North-East
Mokotowska 64, 00-534 Warsaw, Poland

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Events

Estonia: {
Eesti
}

Welcome

Estonia has the third highest share of organic farming in European Union and is one of EIT-Food’s RIS countries

Organic farming as a big chance for Estonian agriculture

Despite the demanding climate conditions connected to geographical location, Estonia possesses environmentally clean and fertile soil, which is reflected in local produce containing considerably less chemicals and growing popularity of organic farming. Specific products are exported – e.g. cultivated and wild berries, mushrooms, ecologically pure produce, dairy products, meat, fish, and beverages.

The country is an attractive environment for research with top level infrastructure and well-educated labour force. R&D activity is concentrated on top tier-research.

The country possesses environmentally clean and fertile soil, which is reflected in local produce containing considerably less chemicals and organic farming that gaining popularity. Out of 957 510 ha of farmland of Estonia, ca 15.7% of it constitutes organic farming, which is the third highest share of any EU country (Eurostat, 2014). A strong emphasis is put on high nature value and agri-environmental issues, with 16.5% of the country defined under NATURA 2000 (including 55,000 ha of farmland).

Room for Improvement

Estonia is one of the leading countries in European Union in terms of the publication of articles on agri-food subjects, which implies a meaningful research potential that can be fostered through EIT education activities.

EIT Food Hub in Estonia: BioCC LLC

BioCC is a privately owned R&D company, established by food and feed producers and universities to bridge the gap between scientific and economic innovation by providing a collective environment for academics, industry and other innovation actors and creating sufficient critical mass. BioCC carries out internationally recognized R&D to create, develop and implement innovative biotechnological solutions for feed and foodstuff.

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BioCC LLC (EIT Food Hub in Estonia)
Riia mnt 181A, Tartu, Estonia, 50411

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Events

26 August 2019

RIS Demo Day - Estonia 2019

Estonia
Denmark: {
Danmark
}

Welcome

Danish agriculture accounts for up to one fifth of Denmark's total exports.

The major food producing enterprises in Denmark are farmers’ co-operative companies. Denmark is in the lead when it comes to food quality and safety and the development of new agricultural products

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CLC North-East
Mokotowska 64, 00-534 Warsaw, Poland

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Events

06 September 2019

Innovation Prizes Final 2019 Aarhus

Denmark
Czech Republic: {
Česká republika
}

Welcome

Czech Republic is the second largest producer of hops in Europe and one of EIT Food’s RIS countries

The agrifood sector is one of the main drivers of Czech Republic’s economy

With farms covering 44% of the country area, the agriculture industry is one of the most important sectors of the Czech economy. The country’s agricultural production is diversified. Top export products are: milk, livestock, grains, sugar and malt. Approx. 13.7% of  farmland of Czech Republic are used for organic farming (2014), which is one of the highest rate among 28 RIS countries.

Room for Improvement

Despite the notable research potential, the lack of effective cooperation between academia, government and businesses constitutes an obstacle to effective development in innovations. EIT Food can be the crucial link that strengthens these necessary bonds among Czech actors. EIT Food can also help in increasing competitiveness of agri-food sector by knowledge transfer activities and support of investment and innovation projects.

EIT Food Hub in Czech Republic: University of Chemistry and Technology

Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology of the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague is where EIT Food Hub’s activities are performed. It ranks among leading university centres of food science and embraces both traditional food science fields, food technologies and innovations for the food industry, as well as current trends in the development of food and biochemical sciences, food analysis and nutrition, including several ISO 17025 accredited laboratories dealing with food quality, safety and authenticity assessment.

One of the typical Czech specialties produced from the 16th century is Olomouc curd cheese (Olomoucke tvaruzky) with the specific, strong smell. Some people love it, some hate it. But due to its nutritional values, low fat content and content of full-value proteins and calcium, Olomoucke tvaruzky ranks among top Czech cheeses.

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EIT Food Hub in Czech Republic
University of Chemistry and Technology
Technická 5
166 28 Praha 6 – Dejvice

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Events

27 August 2019

RIS Demo Day - Czech Republic 2019

Czech Republic
Cyprus: {
Kypros
}

Welcome

Cyprus is reinventing their agrifood sector with tons of technological innovation, smart investment and good-quality produce

A revolution in the agrifood sector

With a particularly dry climate, Cyprus has always been associated with the growth of olives, citrus fruit and potatoes. Cyprus cannot aim to compete with bigger countries which produce higher amounts and at low cost, but it is outstanding in quality, superfoods and organic farming. Furthermore, Cyprus has placed a bet on aquaculture, the third most important produce of the country in terms of export value.

Room for Improvement

Cyprus’ agrifood sector is modernising at a fast pace, with substantial contributions from scientists and researchers, but they are facing a serious challenge: water scarcity. EIT Food can help them liaise with other dry countries to seek optimal, viable solutions that tackle this pressing problem.

Cyprus traditional cuisine was greatly influenced by Greece and Turkey and it is famous well beyond the island, thanks to this mixture of Mediterranean cooking cultures and its love to olive oil and fresh natural ingredients.

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CLC South
1. Fernando VI 17-1º Izda, 28004 Madrid
2. Parque Tecnológico de Bizkaia, Lekandene, Laida Bidea 214, 48170 Zamudio (Bizkaia)

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News

Designing Climate Ecosystems Conference and EIT Awareness Day

Designing Climate Ecosystems Conference and EIT Awareness Day

27 Jun 2019 The Designing Climate Ecosystems Conference and the EIT Awareness Day was organised by the Cyprus University of Technology in Nicosia at the Royal Hall, on the 26th and 27th of June
Croatia: {
Hrvatska
}

Welcome

Croatia is a notable producer of organic foods and one of EIT-Food’s RIS countries

The agrifood sector, a solid pillar of the Croatian economy

The agriculture industry is an important part of Croatian economy. However, due to the country’s agriculture struggles with extreme weather conditions such as droughts and floods, the most profitable businesses in food and beverages sector in the country focus on the production and processing of milk and cheese, beer production, processing of tea and coffee, and the production of soft drinks. The most important export products of the sector are food additives, biscuits and wafers, stuffed chocolate, canned fish, instant soups, olive oil, beer and other alcoholic beverages. Croatia is also a notable producer of organic foods, that are mainly exported to the European Union.

Room for Improvement

Croatian agrifood sector requires reorganization and modernization through dedicated investments. EIT Food can foster innovation by creating connections among scientists, government and businesses.

EIT Food Hub in Croatia: Tera Tehnopolis Ltd

TERA TEHNOPOLIS Ltd. is one of the leading regional technology transfer hubs in Croatia, with strong emphasis on agriculture and food. It has a considerable portfolio of services, know-how (including patents, trademarks etc.) and an extensive network of relevant stakeholders which enables it to support knowledge-based entrepreneurs in the field of agriculture and food technology.

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Tera Tehnopolis Ltd (EIT Food Hub in Croatia)
Trg Ljudevita Gaja 6
31000 Osijek, Croatia

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Bulgaria: {
Bulgariya
}

Welcome

Bulgaria is currently the biggest producer of lavender and rose oil in the world.

Bulgaria has rich natural biodiversity and a significant share of high nature value farmlands and permanent grassland that contribute to preserving biodiversity. The country is renowned for sheep's milk cheese, oriental tobacco, wine, rose attar (used in perfumery), vegetables, fruit, medicinal herbs, and, particularly, natural yogurt. The temperate climate, abundant arable land, and soil conditions support the farming of both livestock and crops (grains, oil seeds, sugar beets, vegetables, grapes, fruit). Tobacco is among the most important of Bulgaria's crops, contributing nearly 20 percent to the value of agricultural goods.

Bulgaria is the homeland of yogurt. It has a long and storied history that is said to date back at least 4000 years. Bulgarians call their yoghurt “sour milk” and they think it’s what makes them live long lives.

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CLC North-East
Mokotowska 64, 00-534 Warsaw, Poland

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Austria: {
Österreich
}

Catalysing Food Innovation in the Heart of Europe.

 

 

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Hub contact name
hub adress

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Belgium: {
België
}

Belgium

Spain is one of the leading fish producers in the world and is one of EIT-Food’s RIS countries

The Agrifood Sector as a Spearhead of the Spanish Economy

The Spanish agrifood sector has a major impact on the country’s economy, mainly in terms of employment, revenue and exports. Due to varying climate conditions, Spain has a diversified, regional production and a keen eye for innovative changes. This coupled with a high interest in R&D and a considerable research potential, makes Spain a clear recipient of EIT-Food projects.

Room for Improvement

With a lack of effective cooperation among scientists, government and businesses, EIT Food can be the crucial link that strengthens these necessary bonds among Spanish actors. Furthermore, due to an agrifood industry with a very fragmented structure and fraught with small producers, it is essential to facilitate constant innovation to foster internationalization and competitiveness.

Belgians are bon vivants. They like to eat and drink. However, Belgian cuisine is about far more than the traditional mussels and fries. The range of Belgian flavours is broad and varied, from sweets to savouries.

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Contact Details
EIT Food CLC West
Ubicenter A Philipssite 5 bus 33, 3000 Leuven, Belgium

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News

Our EIT Food booth at Hapje Tapje 2019 News

Our EIT Food booth at Hapje Tapje 2019

21 Aug 2019 Another year, another Hapje Tapje

Events

16 October 2019

World Food Day 2019

Belgium
23 October 2019

Master Chef Junior

Belgium
20 November 2019

The Future of Food

Belgium