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In July 2018 the second phase of Interreg VA program FOOD2020 starts, giving SME companies the opportunity to develop their innovative idea’s and conquer a strong position. 

FOOD2020 intends to prepare the food industry in the Dutch-German border region for 2020. The activities initiated by FOOD2020 aim specifically at cross-border cooperation between companies, realised by experts and research facilities working closely with business, in order to stimulate the transfer of technology and innovative developments. Topics under discussion include the development and use of new processing methods, sustainability in food production and improving work conditions.

Innovation projects

FOOD2020 funds innovation projects, in which companies develop new products, processes and services in collaboration with scientific institutions. By way of example, some of the projects deal with developing innovative products using insects as a basis, improving industrial hygiene in production by deploying new types of surfaces and innovative cleaning procedures, or establishing a modular system for employee advanced training in small and medium-sized companies in the food sector.

The project, which is planned to run for 2,5 years, is being coordinated by DIL and carried out with diferemt partners from the Dutch-German border region. In addition to Oost NL, the Dutch project partners who are involved are the business development agencies NOM, LIOF and BOM. In Germany FPI - Food Processing Initiative e.V. and GIQS are the project partners.

As part of the INTERREG VA-Programme Germany-Netherlands, FOOD2020 is being co-financed with funds from the European Fund for Regional Development, the Lower Saxony State Chancellery, the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry for Economic Affairs, Energy, Industry, Medium-Sized Companies and Trade, the Dutch Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy as well as the Dutch provinces Drenthe, Flevoland, Fryslân, Gelderland, Groningen, Limburg, Noord-Brabant and Overijssel. It will be supervised by programme management in the Ems Dollart region.

First phase

The first phase of the FOOD2020-progam started in 2015, with a budget of € 5,2 million. Over 500 SME companies in the agrifood sector from the Dutch-German project region took part in 66 different activities. Cross-border cooperation helped strengthen the competitiveness of individual SME companies. This process created over 25 jobs and 20 traineeships.

Do you want to apply?

It’s possible to apply for new projects from July 2018. For questions please contact us or find out more on the FOOD2020 website.