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Bulgaria
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Welcome

Bulgaria is one of the leading producers of essential oils and organic products in the EU and one of the EIT-Food RIS countries.

The Agri-food sector is an important driver of the Bulgarian Economy

The agri-food sector plays a leading role in the Bulgarian economy. Traditionally rich preserved biodiversity, soil fertility and rural communities are still the main drivers for keeping the high share of agri-food in value-added (EIT-Food Foresight, 2020). A significant amount of the Bulgarian population, including young producers and entrepreneurs, is engaged in the agri-food sector as the country is among the major exporters of food, beverages, and tobacco as a percentage of the GDP in Europe. The country is renowned for its quality herbs essential oils, yoghurt and cheese, grapes and wine. The sector is also quickly adopting innovations in agri-food technology and establishing agri-food innovation ecosystems.

Room for Improvement

A number of vulnerabilities and challenges such as decreasing employment share and an ageing workforce, volatility & seasonality in production output, labour & skill shortage, pressure on cost competitiveness, the sector is still vulnerable to external market shocks, the level of the investments in the research and innovations, etc. require interventions in Intensify transfer of technologies from the public to the private sector, improved synergy between market-oriented R&I entities, and education in ‘food system’ skills for students, entrepreneurs and professionals.

EIT Food Hubs in Bulgaria: Agricultural University Plovdiv and Cleantech Bulgaria

A strong consortium of Agricultural University Plovdiv and Cleantech Bulgaria, supported by the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, will carry out joint activities of the EIT-Food Hub in Bulgaria. The Hub will act as a catalyst of partnerships for increasing uptake of the knowledge and skills by the agri-food sector players and stakeholders, facilitate the participation of students, researchers, entrepreneurs, start-ups, industry representatives and experts to EIT Food programs and initiatives at the European level, creating conditions to support the development of agri-food industry start-ups, transfer of scientific knowledge and innovative technologies and joint participation in national and international programs and projects.

Bulgaria

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.

Contact Us

EIT Food Hub in Bulgaria: Agricultural University Plovdiv
Bulgaria, Plovdiv 4000
12 Mendeleev Blvd.

Visit our North-East page here

EIT Food Hub in Bulgaria: Cleantech Bulgaria
Krakra str. №18, Sofia, Bulgaria

Visit our North-East page here

News

Call for expression of interest to participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs News

Call for expression of interest to participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs

15 Oct 2021 EIT Food is looking for food companies that would participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs project to commercialise selected results of Consumer Engagement Labs
Extension: Call for expression of interest to participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs - startups News

Extension: Call for expression of interest to participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs - startups

11 Oct 2021 EIT Food is looking for startup/scaleup companies that would participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs project to commercialise selected results of Consumer Engagement Labs
Call for expression of interest to organise CrossKIC EIT Regional Executive Academy in Bulgaria 2021 News

Call for expression of interest to organise CrossKIC EIT Regional Executive Academy in Bulgaria 2021

04 Oct 2021 EIT Food invites local organizations from Bulgaria that have specific connection to innovation policy design and implementation and operates in any of the EIT KICs areas to apply and participate within the program as the local co-organizer and host of the EIT Regional Executive Academy
EIT Food celebrates food industry innovators: The Food and Drink Federation Future Leaders event News

EIT Food celebrates food industry innovators: The Food and Drink Federation Future Leaders event

23 Sep 2021 EIT Food sponsors the Food and Drink Federation Future Leaders event to celebrate the innovators that are transforming our food systems
Call for expression of interest to participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs - startups News

Call for expression of interest to participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs - startups

20 Sep 2021 EIT Food is looking for startup/scaleup companies that would participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs project to commercialise selected results of Consumer Engagement Labs
Reopened Workshop | Skills for New Product Development in the Food Industry EIT Food Projects

Reopened Workshop | Skills for New Product Development in the Food Industry

13 Aug 2021 The EIT Food Skills for New Product Development in the Food Industry Workshop has reopened!