Cluster Tours

Agrifood Tour

Cluster or IBN Description

Flanders’ FOOD

Flanders’ FOOD is a unique, strategy-driven platform for the facilitation of innovation, thereby contributing to a more competitive, innovative and sustainable agri-food industry. Flanders’ FOOD levers the innovation capacity of the agri-food companies by enhancing their scientific and technological knowledge by means of an integrated approach of knowledge creation, knowledge dissemination and partner matching. This way Flanders’ FOOD also contributes to the economic and social development of Flanders.

Flanders’ FOOD, as spearhead cluster Agri-Food, has broadened the scope in which it has operated for the past 10 years. Collaboration has become more important than ever. The spearhead cluster Agri-Food will put effort into collaboration across the value chain, cross-border and cross-sectoral.

For more information: see here.


*still subject to change

09:00: departure from FMCCA, Antwerp

09:00-10:00: Flanders’ FOOD: because collaboration is key
An on-the-road presentation laying bare the strategic and operational workings of Flanders’ FOOD, the organisation behind the Flemish spearheadcluster Agri-Food.

10:00-11:30: visit Food Pilot (Melle)
“How do we make sustainable, healthy and varied food?”
An overview of research within the entire agri-food chain from field to fork, will be exhibited. Furthermore, visitors will be introduced to the Food Pilot, and to how this facility helps food companies with their product development.

11:30-12:30: Short pitches by participants
*Visiting clusters and companies will be asked to prepare a short introductory pitch to kick-start the matchmaking session.* Depending on the number of participants, these pitches will be held according to a different format. Eg. Pecha Kucha pitches (=20 slides, 20 seconds per slide), elevator pitches (=2 minute presentations, slides optional), …

12:30-14:30: lunch and matchmaking.
*Visiting clusters and companies will be asked to prepare a short pitch to kick-start the matchmaking session.*

15:00: departure to Antwerp, FMCCA



The matchmaking event is organised by Enterprise Europe Network, in collaboration with Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO), Flanders Investment and Trade and TCI Network. The matchmaking event with bilateral B2B meetings during 12 cluster tours. Participants are free to register for a cluster tour or only attend the matchmaking.

More info and registration for the matchmaking:


Case of Flanders’ FOOD

INNOSUP project - S3FOOD

S3FOOD brings agri-food SMEs up to ‘Industry 4.0’ speed: € 3.9 mio EU funding for smarter food production
In a bid to improve the efficiency and sustainability of the European agri-food industry, thirteen partners from eight countries have joined forces in the S3FOOD project. S3FOOD, coordinated by Flanders' FOOD, will provide € 3.9 million to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the agri-food sector make better use of digital technology. The project partners will focus on facilitating and accelerating the use of smart sensor systems for improved quality control, better resource efficiency and a higher level of food safety and traceability – all important steps towards solving central challenges in the agri-food system.

The overall goal of the CropExplore project is to inspire and encourage food companies to develop new products based on alternative plant resources. The project is based on the increasing consumer demand for a more diverse and plant-based food variety, both because of the nutritional benefits as because of sustainability awareness. Since companies do not always have access to the often dispersed scientific knowledge of new crops, the CropExplore project collects nutritional, functional as well as agricultural data of a very extensive list of plant resources and aims to display this information in an easy-to-use online search tool. In this way, companies have access to a very valuable source of information helping them to find new opportunities for plant-based product development. During the project, participating companies have also the opportunity to create food products with these alternative crops in close collaboration with Flanders’ FOOD and the associated universities.

Members of Flanders’ FOOD / Companies

Food Pilot


The Food Pilot is an application and analysis centre founded by Flanders’ FOOD and ILVO. The food processing industry can use the Food Pilot facilities to develop and test new products and processes. Processing can be simulated using our semi-industrial scale production lines; product quality can be analysed in the laboratory.



Research Institute for Agriculture, fisheries and food (=ILVO)

ILVO stands for multidisciplinary, independent research and specialized service provision in all fields related to agriculture, fisheries and food in Flanders. ILVO, an internationally recognized scientific institute, is part of the Government of Flanders. Discover here what this means for you. Under contact you can find our addresses, contact info, and mobile numbers. When you click on projects and researchers, you enter a portal site where you can search deeper about our scientific data and projects.


Dress code

No special requirements.