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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Thursday, 20 May, 2010
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Galicia
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Other
Other Label: 
Agrupación Empresarial Innovadora (Innovative Business Association)
Please Specify: 
Label provided by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i or ESCP-S3): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
clusters galicia
Spain clusters
S3 Thematic Partnership on Nutritional Ingredients
S3 Thematic Partnership on Smart sensors 4 agri-food
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Roberto
Alonso
Cluster Manager
+34 981 556 062
info@clusaga.org
Languages spoken: 
English
French
Italian
Portuguese
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Food Processing and Manufacturing
Technology fields: 
Food Additives/Ingredients/Functional Food
Food Processing
S3 EU priority areas: 
Food, beverage & tobacco products
Sustainable production & consumption
Emerging industries: 
Advanced Packaging
Blue Growth Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
90
Number of SME members: 
63
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
3
Number of larger company members: 
15
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
6
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
6
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Organisation/Facility NameOrganisation/Facility TypeWebsite
Business Factory Food
Accelerator
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
University
Universidade de Vigo
University
Universidade da Coruña
University
ANFACO-CECOPESCA
Technology Center
Innolact S.L.
SME
Feiraco Lácteos S.L.
Larger Company
Nueva Pescanova, S.L.
Larger Company
Bodegas Martín Códax, SAU
SME
Clavo Congelados S.A.
Larger Company
Aceites Abril S.L.
Larger Company
Asociación Galega de Cooperativas Agrarias - AGACA
Research Organisation
Torre de Núñez Conturiz S.L.
SME
Viña Costeira S.C.G
SME
Kiwi Atlántico S.A
SME
Calvo Conservas S.L.U.
Larger Company
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The mission of the Galician Food Cluster (Clusaga) is to contribute to the sustainable growth, enhanced competitiveness and internationalisation of the Galician food sector. Clusaga's scope of action includes the whole food and drink value chain, mainly food and drink transformation, but also comprising primary sector activities, auxiliary activities providing machinery, equipment, services, etc., and food distribution (including HORECA).

The Strategic Plan 2016-2020 of the Galician Food Cluster defines four lines of action:

  1. Promotion of R&D&I and strengthening of the innovative capacity
  2. Human capital, entrepreneurship, and progress towards the factory of the future.
  3. Markets and internationalisation; access to new markets and adapt to consumer trends.
  4. Consolidation and projection of the Galician Food Cluster.

The most representative activities of Clusaga include:

  • Organisation of fora, workshops, and training and info sessions on issues of relevance for the food sector stakeholders;
  • Collaboration projects to build triple- and quadruple-helix networks and innovative products and services adapted to consumption trends;
  • Innovation projects for intelligent management systems related to digitalisation, Industry 4.0 and IoT, environmental sustainability, and innovative commercialisation models;
  • Business intelligence, market analysis and prospection, and analysis of consumption trends, including workshops and study missions;
  • Joint commercial promotion actions and B2B and C2C networks;
  • Organisation of the annual Galician Food Innovation Awards;
  • Leading the Galician Business Factory Food, the regional accelerator for the food sector, in collaboration with regional public agencies and leading companies (launched in January 2019).
Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Trend-scouting (Ideas for innovative projects)
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 

Main support services provided to cluster's members are related to:

  • Trend-scout: development of sector and personalised reports focused on consumer, market and technology trends;
  • Market and internationalisation: organisation of international activities to improving market positioning of Galician food companies, with special attention to market access and internationalisation, such as the organisation of direct or reverse missions to different countries in Europe and beyond Europe;
  • Innovation support: fostering participation of cluster members in innovation and collaborative projects, specially related to the development of innovative food products, new production processes and technologies and environmental sustainability and circular economy;
  • Capacity building: organisation of dissemination sessions and workshops, as well as training courses in relevant areas for the sector (such as marketing, food safety regulation, packaging, etc.)
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
China
United States
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: 
Germany
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Please explain: 

Clusaga’s international activities are related to:

  1. New markets and internationalisation. Clusaga implements activities to foster the knowledge and access of its members to new international markets, in Europe and beyond Europe.
  2. Innovation projects and networks. Clusaga is involved in European-programme funded projects (H2020, COSME) and networks (PIC Plant InterCluster Network, S3 Partnership Nutritional Ingredients, S3 Partnership for Smart sensors 4 agri-food). This activity allows to build and implement projects for the benefit of its members.

In terms of activities devoted to new markets and internationalisation, Clusaga has implemented the following activities in the previous years:

1. Establishment of representation offices

Clusaga established representation offices in China (Shanghai) and USA (New York) in 2013 and 2014. These were linked to a regional funded project, which finished in 2018 and 2019. However, during their operation numerous Galician companies were able to access these markets through their services.

2. Programme “Meet the Buyer” – reverse missions

Since 2014, Clusaga has implemented reverse missions involving many European and third countries, including: Australia, Belgium, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, India, Ireland, Ireland, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, UK, USA.

3. Missions in the scope of the ESCP-4i NF4 project

Missions to target markets (Brazil, Canada, China, USA) were organised in this project, with the involvement and participation of Clusaga.

4. Training actions

Clusaga has implemented different workshops and webinars in the last years to increase the knowledge of its members regarding third markets.

Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
EuroBioMed
Pharmagora
BIOIB
Danish Food Cluster
Portugal Foods
Apulian Agro-Food Technological District - Dare Puglia
Food Processing Initiative
NutriBioMed
Tecnologico Padano
Agropolis
Vitagora Pole
Upper Austria Food
Scotland Food and Drink
InovCluster
Valorial
INNOSKART ICT Cluster
SKANES LIVSMEDELSAKADEMI
Wagralim
CORALLIA
Food Valley
Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)
H2020
CIP/COSME
INTERREG

INCLUSILVER: Innovation in personalised Nutrition through Cluster cooperation in the Silver economy

Objective: INCluSilver aims to support collaboration between key stakeholders in different sectors, particularly companies, that facilitate the development of innovative ideas in the field of personalised nutrition for the senior population. To achieve this, this project involves five key industries: functional nutrition, personalised medicine, mobile services, mobility and creativity.

Funds: H2020 INNOSUP-01

More information: www.inclusilver.eu

 

S3FOOD: Smart sensor systems for food safety, quality control and resource efficiency in the food processing industry

Objective: to facilitate the digitalisation of the food processing industry through the incorporation of intelligent sensors in the production processes that allow the generation of digital data for its further treatment and exploitation using big data. A broad cross-sector community will be established in which companies from the agri-food sector, 4.0 technology suppliers and machinery producers will participate.

Funds: H2020 INNOSUP-01

More information: http://s3food.eu

 

CONNSENSYS: Connecting smart sensor systems for the food industry

Objective: to create a European network of interconnected and open access living labs to facilitate the implementation of intelligent sensor systems in the agri-food industry, establishing shared support services for the creation of companies and technological intelligence. By creating this European platform for intelligent sensor systems, stakeholders will gain a better understanding of the possibilities and needs of each of these technologies.

Funds: COSME ESCP-S3

More information: www.clustercollaboration.eu/cluster-organisations/flanders-food

 

NF4: New Frontiers in Food

Objective: to develop and implement a joint internationalisation strategy with the aim of improving the competitiveness of SMEs in the participating clusters by facilitating access to international markets more easily. For this, an intelligent strategy based on the combination of several interconnected specialisations has been defined. Specifically, NF4 has detected three complementary value chains: i) connected foods; ii) functional foods and healthy ingredients; and iii) processed food products.

Funds: COSME ESCP-4i

More information: https://newfrontiersinfood.eu

 

AHFES: A quadruple helix Atlantic Area healthy food Ecosystem for growth of SMEs

Objective: improving competitiveness and growth of SMEs in the value chain of healthy eating and lifestyle, contributing to the development of a transnational innovation ecosystem that helps entities to access information, partners and markets and align their products and services to the needs and expectations of the consumers. Specifically, AHFES's mission is to achieve an ecosystem of healthy food in the Atlantic Area of four propellers (public authorities, industry, research and citizens) for the growth of SMEs.

Funds: Interreg Atlantic Area

More information: https://www.ahfesproject.com/

 

NUTRIAGE: Advanced Solutions for a Healthy Aging through Nutrition

Objective: to generate advanced solutions in research and innovation, oriented to the demand of new adapted products, to improve the quality of life of the elderly in the Euroregion Galicia-North of Portugal.

Funds: Interreg POCTEP (Spain-Portugal)

More information: https://nutriage.eu

 

Business Factory Food (BFF)

Objective: BUSINESS FACTORY FOOD is the accelerator of the Galician food sector, promoted by the regional government (Xunta de Galicia) and boosted by Clusaga as well as leading companies in the food industry. It seeks to attract and promote innovative entrepreneurship projects, both from national and international origins, to face the challenges of the sector in a globalised world. BFFood aims to implement support programmes for entrepreneurship and consolidation of projects in the food sector and their transformation into innovative, viable and scalable companies.

Funds: regional funding

More information: www.bffood.gal/en/

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

The Galician Food Cluster catalyses the synergies for the establishment of alliances and defines analysis, exploration and joint implementation actions abroad with the aim of improving the positioning in international markets.

Following this line, it identified China, the world largest food consumption market, as the first market in its international development. In 2013, the cluster established GLC Food & Drink China S.L with the support of the IGAPE and participation of partner companies, which established the business unit operating in China: Shanghai Galicia Business Consulting Co. Ltd, the communication and cooperation platform between Galician companies and institutions, Chinese distributors and consumers with the following objectives:

  • Developing the visibility of food products and wines of Galicia in the Cluster in China, positioning the Galicia brand in the Chinese market, extending its network of contacts with institutions and local media.
  • Analysing the intelligence business information in the Chinese market for businesses.
  • Supporting business throughout the development and consolidation of the market, increasing their presence and market reactivity, through the establishment and expansion of the business contact network.

The CLUSAGA defined the United States as the second market in its international development, as food market of strategic value. In 2014, the cluster established GLC Food & Drink USA S.L. with the support of the IGAPE and the participation of a consortium of partner companies, establishing the business unit operating in New York: Galicia Food & Drink USA Corporation as a platform for market access. In a second phase, in 2015 a second consortium of companies is incorporated into the platform established in the US market.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

The Galician Food Cluster states in its strategic agenda the objective of boosting participation in international R&D projects, while increasing and improving the visibility of international partners and the cluster itself. In order to achieve this, the CLUSAGA creates the European Projects Unit, which carries out the following actions:

  • Monitoring the R&D European Policy in areas related to the cluster.
  • Defining the profile of the cluster and the members identified to increase its visibility.
  • Identifying more suitable calls for the cluster and its associates.
  • Preparing and managing R&D international projects.
  • Searching partners for submitting project proposals.
  • Participating in international events and collaboration networks.
  • Establishing a network of contacts with potential partners.