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Food and Nutrition Cluster

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Thursday, 18 March, 2010
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Other Label: 
Catalonia Clusters and AEI Spanish MINETUR
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Federación nacional de clusters
Cluster Management Team: 
Olivera Sáez
Cluster Manager
+34 618 414 023
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Food Processing and Manufacturing
Technology fields: 
Food Additives/Ingredients/Functional Food
Gene Expression, Proteome Research
S3 EU priority areas: 
Food, beverage & tobacco products
Food security & safety
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
new food ingredients
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
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Cluster Strategy

FN'N, the Cluster of Nutrition and Health, was created in 2010 to contribute to the innovation within the Spanish food sector in the field of healthy and functional foods, and increase its competitiveness through shared strategies that generate knowledge and innovation flows.

FN'N promotes innovation activities in nutritional and health claims, development of ingredients, additives and functional foods, food safety, industrial processes and technologies, market analysis, legal regulations and specialized training.

FN'N, the Cluster of Nutrition and Health, works on 6 strategic lines:

  • Innovation in food products with nutritional and health claims
  • Development of ingredients, additives and functional foods 
  • Innovation in food security
  • Innovation in industrial processes and technologies
  • Market analysis and legal and technology watch
  • Specialized training
Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Periodic Information dissemination
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Details of support services: 

Being members of FN'N Cluster, the partners enjoy the following benefits and services: 

  • They propose ideas and participate in cluster’s projects cluster (5-10 year) 
  • They orientate the cluster strategy, target markets, and the priority working lines, projects and new contacts 
  • They receive support on healthy and functional foods by the cluster manager for the detection of opportunities (to strengthen the know-what, know-how and know-who, under the 2014-17 strategic plan and annual business plan and projects) 
  • They have preferential access to infrastructures (COS, CTNS, URV IRTA, UVic-UCC…) 
  • They establish contacts with other members of the cluster to start talking on possible co-development, find new suppliers, access to potential new customers, share the vision and the information about markets of interest, jointly access to relevant information under economies of scale, establish strategic alliances, … through the participation in the Food Innovation Community, sessions, brokerage events, trade / technology missions, workshops, open innovation activities… 
  • They enter in contact with clusters and companies from other areas through networks of clusters at Catalan (ClusterCat), Spanish (Clusters.es) and European (European Cluster Collaboration Platform) level.
  • They may have access to relevant information for their business’ competitiveness 
  • They may have support for the participation in National/European/International projects through opportunities in H2020, RIS3CAT, KICFOOD, Agri-Food Connect-EU Group…
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Foodnetwork Denmark
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)

CLC Iberia FoodNexus consortium

We participate in the AEI support program of MINETUR ( Spain) and IRC ACCIO ( Catalonia)

Success Story / Achievements: 

The Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI) has granted SMARTFOODS project. A project of an industrial nature which aims to design and develop smart foods and nutritional supplements, acting in reducing the risk of the most common chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and obesity. Led by Laboratorios Ordesa (FN'N CLUSTER MEMBER), the project has the participation of others companies like Alimentómica , Andrés Pintaluba (FN'N CLUSTER MEMBER), Angulas Aguinaga, Biopolis, Grupo Siro and Nutrafur, and supported in the technical coordination of the CTNS (FN'N CLUSTER MEMBER) besides the participation of other research organizations. The most important point and innovative SMARTFOODS, and wherein the CTNS have a great involvement rests with the aim of overcoming functional foods there today in our society, and make smart food combining several bioactive ingredients with different functionalities to act against a larger number of targets simultaneously and thus providing a more comprehensive multifactorial disease risks in addition to customize response to the needs of each stage of life and the nature of people.

The project budget is 11.6 million Euros for the next four years, and is within the framework of the call Programa Estratégico de Consorcios de Investigación Empresarial Nacional (CIEN).

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Because our cluster is an umbrella within the food industry towards nutrition and health trend.