SBFOODINNO together with Danish Food Innovation carried out a Cross-Border SME innovation camp & Networking tour to The Nordic Organic Food Fair & Eco Life Scandinavia November 12-14, 2019 in Malmö, Sweden.
Lithuanian National Food cluster and food sector SME from Lithuania and Denmark took place. They met firstly for an exiting networking seminar November 12, which was dedicated to knowledge bridging with a focus on vegan and plant-based products.
Beside from Plantemager (DK) and Urbanfood (LT) company presentations, Lithuanian National food cluster has also introduced to its activities, strongholds and potentials in relation to international collaborations. Later on, analysis concerning vegan production was presented by Dorte Storper from VIFU (The Danish Knowledge Centre for Food Innovation).
Fredrik Abildtrup, CEO at Plantemager (DK)
Gintare Lauce, Marketing Manager at Urbanfood (LT)
Vaide Sakalauskiene, National Food Cluster coordinator (LT)
Nevertheless, practical advice for the trade fair and the B2B matchmaking was given by Susanne Baden Jørgensen, who is EEN (Enterprise Europe Network) International Senior Consultant at Agro Business Park (DK).
The first Innovation camp day ended with a Networking dinner at The Raw Kitchen Malmø, which provided participants with unforgettable vegan dishes.
November 13-14 delegation tour was visiting a Fair, which is the largest Organic Food Fair in Scandinavia! Each year combined shows host 500 exhibiting companies and showcase thousands of certified organic food and drink products.
From the left: Tadas Puronas from Healthy Choice (LT), Kathrine Vejgaard Stage from Agro Business Park (DK), Michelle Le Kynde from Sweetkynd (DK), Heidi Høy Dyrholm from Agro Business Park (DK), Tobias Noe Harboe from Contempehrary (DK), Susanne Baden Jørgensen from Agro Business Park (DK), Vytas Rimkus from SPILA (LT), Dorte Klitgaard from Solina-Group (DK), Annette Buch Petersen from Food by Heart (DK), Irena Kubiliute – Vedeikiene from Science cafe (LT), Gintare Lauce from Urbanfood (LT), Jolita Kausiuviene from University College Absalon (DK), Ernestas Klevas from Tealure (LT), Paulina Streimikyte from Innofoods – Avoo (LT) and Dorte Storper from VIFU (DK)
During the fair EEN (Enterprise Europe Network) matchmakings were the cornerstone, as it is company’s shortcut to meet potential international cooperation partners, get innovation support and advisory. Innovation camp participants took also part in it in order to find partners, expand business network and be introduced to the new market trends and innovative technologies.
Michael Christiansen from University College Absalon (DK) and Susanne Baden Jørgensen from Agro Business Park (DK)
It has definitely been a couple of very exiting days in Malmø!
According to the Survey after the event, participants stated, that International Networking Tour to Nordic Organic Food Fair met their expectations 100 percent. They find both seminar and the Fair very relevant and have scored it by 4,6 – 4,8 points out of 5. Looking at the separate themes of the seminar, all of them were scored very high 3,9-5 points. As a most relevant topic in connection with SBFOODINNO future events was chosen Food Tech, nevertheless export, alternative proteins and food waste reductions were also very highly scored. Regarding additional comments and optional project activities, networking though workshops and seminars, partnership in projects and experience sharing were mentioned.
SBFOODINNO project team is now working on on-boarding in the project activities new SME met in Sweden, such as Contempehrary (DK) and is preparing expanded companies innovation journey maps & next steps in the project.