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Project acronym: BaltFood

Project title: BaltFood - The BSR Food Cluster: Innovation and Competitiveness in Action

Application call: 1

Priority: 1. Fostering innovations

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Lead Partner:

Wirtschaftsförderung Lübeck GmbH
Falkenstrasse 11
23564 Lübeck
DE
Dirk Gerdes
E-mail: gerdes@luebeck.org
Phone: 0451-706550
Fax: 0451-7065520

Project Manager:

Wirtschaftsförderung Lübeck GmbH
Falkenstrasse 11
23564 Lübeck
DE
Björn P. Jacobsen
E-mail: jacobsen@luebeck.org
Phone: 0451-706550
Fax: 0451-7065520


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Summary description of the project:

baltfood – The food industry network for northern Europe

The food industry has developed into a highly competitive and strong industrial sector within the Baltic Sea region. Emerging trends like more demanding consumers, changing functionality of food, a concentration process in the retail sector and shorter product lifecycles, however, require a constant technological evolution. In this regard various deficits within the SME sector were identified: late recognition of food trends; low conversion of scientific findings into marketable food products or below average innovation rates.

With this background “baltfood” was launched. The idea is networking among the business and scientific communities in the food industry. The overall aim of this project is to foster innovations and to take the food industry to the next level.

With the aim to bring business and science closer together to meet the challenges of the future twelve partners including universities, public institutions and food industry networks have founded the baltfood project. By working together, they have opened up a broad basis of know-how, spanning Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, northern Germany, Poland and Sweden.

The emphasis of this cross-boarder cooperation is on innovations in processes and products. Over the long term, the goal is to create a solid foundation for the food industry in the Baltic region, establishing it as a source of affordable, high-quality products for a broad range of customers.

How can food processing SMEs with limited permanent further education capabilities train their staff on a continuous basis to implement innovations in processes and products? For this purpose the Baltic Food Academy, a virtual learning environment with an e-learning platform, has been established and experts have developed the first transnational e-learning course for the food industry in the BSR (“Healthy to Go – Food Innovation”).

How can food processing SMEs sustainable develop processes and products in the BSR food industry even across borders? For this purpose the baltfood Research & Development network has been established. In November 2011 21 R&D institutes located around the BSR met at a conference in Lübeck to build up shared resources in pilot scale laboratories. To support this network an ICT platform has been developed containing information on services and facilities offered by these institutes.


Achievements of the project so far:

Establish life-long learning in the food industry

With a third transnational e-learning course “Healthy to Go – Food Innovation” for the food industry from September 15th, 2011 to November 10th, 2011 the baltfood project expanded its curriculum. This is another step towards a comprehensive virtual e-learning platform for the food industry in the BSR. Learning independent from time and place was a great advantage for the overall 140 participants.

Steps to develop joint R&D project proposals between universities and companies

A working manual for the joint development of R&D projects between the scientific community and SME´s in the BSR food cluster has been developed to attract companies and individuals and to encourage them to develop and write a proposal. On the basis of this guideline 5 new project proposals have been developed, from idea generation to the final proposal.

Discovering new export markets

Since EU member states food markets have already been well researched and can be considered as being easily accessible for food processing SME’ s, three thematic expertises have been created concentrating on those markets for which information and data is not readily available; namely Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. Based on these expertises two fact finding tours to St. Petersburg and Minsk were organized to get a practically oriented picture of the food industry in these areas and to offer useful information on which way the export of foods has been arranged and what has to be taken into consideration if a company aims to start or enlarge own export activities to these regions.

“Honestly good – baltfood”

A marketing & brand concept for the BSR food cluster network (including identity and image building) has been developed with the aim to contribute to a pan-Baltic place branding strategy.

Supporting the BSR food industry in the fields of R&D

From 10th until 11th of November 2011 35 representatives of scientific institutions in the BSR held a meeting in Lübeck for the kick-off of the baltfood R&D network. The focus of the cooperation is international networking in the field of science and business. The implementation of an international baltfood R&D network, in which companies have a simplified access to a variety of innovations in the R&D-sector, was advanced by this conference. An online research portal has already been implemented.

Future development of a sustainable, innovative and successful food industry in the BSR

With the establishment of the baltfood Cluster Secretariat on 24th January 2012 5 project partners from Finland, Lithuania, and Germany commit themselves to further promote the transfer and application of technological and market related know-how among the scientific, industry and public members of a pan-Baltic food cluster after the project ´s end.



Project Duration: Oct 2008 - Jan 2012
Approximate total project budget in EUR: 2.421.110,00
ERDF co-financing: 1.861.130,00
ENPI co-financing: 0,00
Norwegian national contribution: 0,00

List of partners

LUEBECK Business Development Corporation
23564 Lübeck | GERMANY
Falkenstrasse 11
Region: Schleswig-Holstein
Contact person: Dirk Gerdes
Phone: 0451-706550
E-mail: gerdes@luebeck.org
Web: www.luebeck.org
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:398.500,00
ERDF co-financing:298.875,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Roskilde University - Oresund Food Network
2300 København | DENMARK
Arne Jacobsens alle 15-17
Region: Hovedstaden
Contact person: Maria Olofsdotter
Phone: +45 3532 4091
E-mail: mo@oresundfood.org
Web: www.oresundfood.org
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:153.500,00
ERDF co-financing:115.125,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
University of Lund
22007 Lund | SWEDEN
Tycho Brahes Väg 1
Region: Sydsverige
Contact person: Prof. Magnus Lagnevik
Phone: 46 46 2224279
E-mail: Magnus.Lagnevik@fek.lu.se
Web: www.ehl.lu.se
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:225.500,00
ERDF co-financing:169.125,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Skane Food Innovation Network
22370 Lund | SWEDEN
Scheelevägen 17
Region: Sydsverige
Contact person: Lotta Törner
Phone: 46 46 2862010
E-mail: lotta.torner@livsmedelsakademin.com
Web: www.livsmedelsakademin.com
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:216.500,00
ERDF co-financing:162.375,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
University of Turku
20014 Turku | FINLAND
Täydennyskoulutuskeskus
Region: Etelä-Suomi
Contact person: Heidi Valtari
Phone: 358 2 333 6416
E-mail: heidi.valtari@utu.fi
Web: www.utu.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:282.416,00
ERDF co-financing:211.812,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Lübeck University of Applied Sciences
23562 Lübeck | GERMANY
Moenkhofer Weg 239
Region: Schleswig-Holstein
Contact person: Gabriele Ramien
Phone: 49 (0)451 3005482
E-mail: ramien@luebeck.de
Web: www.fh-luebeck.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:295.000,00
ERDF co-financing:221.250,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Lubelskie Voivodship
20-074 Lublin | POLAND
ul. Spokojna 4
Region: Lubelskie
Contact person: Anna Kępa
Phone: 48 81 4416 741
E-mail: anna.kepa@lubelskie.pl
Web: www.lubelskie.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:141.000,00
ERDF co-financing:119.850,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Lithuanian Cluster of Food Sector
2600 Vilnius | LITHUANIA
A.Jaksto 7
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Daiva Leskauskaite
Phone: 37 (0) 37 456426
E-mail: daiva.leskauskaite@ktu.lt
Web: www.namuk.lt
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:176.000,00
ERDF co-financing:149.600,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn
10-917 Olsztyn | POLAND
ul. Oczapowskiego 7
Region: Warminsko-Mazurskie
Contact person: Bogdan Dec
Phone: 48 89 523 42 20
E-mail: decbog@uwm.edu.pl
Web: www.uwm.edu.pl/wnz
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:136.000,00
ERDF co-financing:115.600,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
University of Rostock
18051 Rostock | GERMANY
Justus-von-Liebig Weg 7
Region: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Contact person: Prof. Dr. Hans Kögl
Phone: ++49 381 498 3260
E-mail: hans.koegl@uni-rostock.de
Web: www.auf.uni-rostock.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:212.607,00
ERDF co-financing:159.455,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Agropolis Ltd.
31600 Jokioinen | FINLAND
Humppilantie 9 A
Region: Etelä-Suomi
Contact person: Reijo Kuusinen
Phone: 358 10 2491823
E-mail: reijo.kuusinen@agropolis.fi
Web: www.agropolis.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:48.000,00
ERDF co-financing:36.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Turku School of Economics
20500 Turku | FINLAND
Rehtoripellonkatu 3
Region: Etelä-Suomi
Contact person: Leena Jokinen
Phone: 358 (0)2 481 4598
E-mail: leena.jokinen@tse.fi
Web: www.tse.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:5.584,00
ERDF co-financing:4.188,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
City of Hamburg
20459 Hamburg | GERMANY
Alter Steinweg 4
Region: Hamburg
Contact person: Christiane Ram
Phone: 49 (0) 40 42841 1495
E-mail: christiane.ram@bwa.hamburg.de
Web: http://fhh.hamburg.de/stadt/Aktuell/behoerden/wirtschaft-arbeit/start.html
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:130.500,00
ERDF co-financing:97.875,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00