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Distretto Agroalimentare Regionale - D.A.Re. scrl

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 5 July, 2004
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
11-20
Regions: 
Puglia
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Antonio
Pepe
Cluster Manager
+390881779641
a.pepe@darepuglia.it
Francesca
Volpe
Internationalisation Responsible
+390805443000
f.volpe@darepuglia.it
Giuliano
De Seneen
ECCP Responsible Person
+390881779654
g.deseneen@darepuglia.it
Languages spoken: 
English
French
Italian
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Agricultural Inputs and Services
Environmental Services
Technology fields: 
Agriculture Machinery / Technology
Food Technology
S3 EU priority areas: 
Crop & animal production, hunting &related service activities
Power generation / renewable sources
Emerging industries: 
Biopharmaceuticals
Environmental Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
95
Number of SME members: 
88
Number of larger company members: 
7
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
12
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
15
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

DARe aims at becoming an internationally recognised thriving ecosystem of innovation through the continuous growth of its organisation and supporting the sustainable economic development of its regional territory. DARe generates, shares and transfers innovation through networking between public and private actors in the research as well as, business domain in order to promote scientific excellence, to improve the competitive edge of the production system, to attract new investments and to support policy choices. Its strategy focuses on the catching of funding opportunities at EU, national and regional level to support technology transfer projects shared among public and private stakeholders. The large stockholder basis, the skills and competences gained in more than twelve years of experience, fourteen highly trained professionals are strenghts points of the Cluster.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Support of technology transfer
Details of support services: 
  1. DARe supports its members and customers in finding public funding opportunities and in tailoring these funds on the basis of their needs
  2. DARe provides advisory services to its customers (members and third parties) by auditing their organisations in order to check technology/innovation gaps and bias. In addition to that, DARe provides specific services to customers such as newtorking with potential foreign partners and market researches
  3. DARe is a Public-Private Consortium that runs a Technological Cluster. For this reason, its mission is to support, to strengthen and to improve networking and relationships among its members through exchanging strategic pieces of information, organising meetings on a periodic basis and regularly informing about opportunities and market trends
  4. Since its mission is to support technology transfer in the agrifood domain, DARe is phisiologically "cross-sectoral". This means that DARe develops and manages projects in the agrifood industry strictu sensu as well as in the renewable energy sector and in the medical sector (nutrition, functional foods and so on)
  5. This is the core business of the Cluster. DARe audits technology/innovation gaps of its members and customers, creates partnerships,  shares innovation projects with these partnerships through the scouting the most adequate available technologies and finds funding opportunity.
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Egypt
Morocco
Turkey
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: 
Croatia
Greece
Hungary
Spain
Ukraine
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Skane food innovation network (SE)
ASOCIATION CLUSTER ALIMENTARIO DE GALICIA (ES)
Innoskart (HU)
DANISH FOOD CLUSTER (DK)
Agropolis (GR)
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)
FP7
H2020
CIP/COSME

RAF-REGIONS - Regions of Knowledge - CAPACITY PROGRAMME - 7FP

QUAFETY - KBBE 2011 2.4-01

CLUSDEV MED — H2020-MSCA-RISE-2014/H2020-MSCA-RISE-2014 - Grant Agreement number: 645730

uP_running - H2020-LCE-2015-3 Topic LCE-14-2015 - Grant agreement number: 691748

1.       PROJECT TYTLE: Innovative technological and clinical protocols for functional food production

ACRONYM: PRO.ALI.FUN.

OBJECTIVE: The project  is aimed to set up functional foods formulations through the optimization of nutraceutical substances extraction and biotechnological protocols.

PARTNERSHIP: Apulian SMEs and research entities

RESEARCH PROJECT:  € 9.428.245

TRAINING PROJECT: € 1.474.420 €

STARTING DATE: from 1/11/2011 to 30/06/2015

FUNDING SCHEME: ERDF (R&D collaborative project) managed by the Italian Ministry of Research

ROLE OF D.A.Re.: COORDINATOR

 

2.       PROJECT TYTLE: Development of innovative food products through biotechnological, plant design and technological solutions

ACRONYM: PROINNO_BIT

OBJECTIVE: The project PROINNO_BIT aims to promote the innovation of Apulian-targeted food industry through the achievement of: (i) novel food; (ii) food improved in relation to nutritional, sensorial, safety and shelf-life aspects; and (iii) innovative solutions applied to the production lines. The proposed innovations will positively influence the overall characteristics of the products.

PARTNERSHIP: Apulian SMEs and research entities

RESEARCH PROJECT:  € 7.316.973

TRAINING PROJECT : € 1.019.060

STARTING DATE: from 1/11/2011 to 30/06/2015

FUNDING SCHEME: ERDF (R&D collaborative project) managed by the Italian Ministry of Research ROLE OF D.A.Re.: COORDINATOR

 

3.       PROJECT TYTLE: Innovative packaging solutions to extend shelf life of food products

ACRONYM: In.Fo.Pack

OBJECTIVE: The project “Innovative packaging solutions to extend shelf life of food products” aims to carry out complex research and industrial activities developing new industrial production processes bringing significant improvements of food shelf life. The project idea has been developed on a group of seven food products, selected as samples of representative supply chains of the national food production:

-              fresh pasta

-              cakes made up of almonds dough

-              minimally processed vegetables

-              ready-to-eat semidry vegetables

-              ready-to-eat oysters

-              dairy products

-              herb tea and spices

PARTNERSHIP: Apulian SMEs and research entities

RESEARCH PROJECT:  € 6.272.411

TRAINING PROJECT : € 865.500

STARTING DATE: from 1/11/2011 to 30/06/2015

FUNDING SCHEME: ERDF (R&D collaborative project) managed by the Italian Ministry of Research

ROLE OF D.A.Re.: COORDINATOR

 

4.       PROJECT TYTLE: New Strategies for Improvement of Food Safety: Prevention, Control, Correction

ACRONYM: (S.I.Mi.S.A.)

OBJECTIVE: The S.I.Mi.S.A overall objective is to improve the food safety system of key Apulian foods and selected groups of food contaminants in a differentiated  way based on the risk of contamination. In particular will be considered grape and wine, cereals (mainly wheat) and cereal products, and a group of fresh products including vegetables, mussels, mozzarella cheese and beef meat.

PARTNERSHIP: Apulian SMEs and research entities

RESEARCH PROJECT: € 7.239.427

TRAINING PROJECT: € 1.037.175

STARTING DATE: from 1/11/2011 to 30/06/2015

FUNDING SCHEME: ERDF (R&D collaborative project) managed by the Italian Ministry of Research

ROLE OF D.A.Re.: COORDINATOR

 

5.       PROJECT TYTLE: Promotion of ECO-friendly processes for the enhancement of quality of apulian food productions

ACRONYM: ECO_P4

OBJECTIVE: The project aims at responding to such needs of the agro-foods industry improving the environmental and economic sustainability of production processes in the Apulian agro-foods system through the development of innovative technologic solutions compatible with the territorial agricultural and industrial framework. 

PARTNERSHIP: Apulian SMEs and research entities

RESEARCH PROJECT: € 7.424.280

TRAINING PROJECT: € 930.000

STARTING DATE: from 1/11/2011 to 30/06/2015

FUNDING SCHEME: ERDF (R&D collaborative project) managed by the Italian Ministry of Research

ROLE OF D.A.Re.: COORDINATOR

 

6.       PROJECT TYTLE: Apulian Wheat Fingerprint: new tools for the certification of cereal products through the use of the fingerprint obtained with Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this project consists in the definition of the fingerprints of the wheat and the flour produced in the Apulia region in order to certify their quality, authenticity and geographical origin.

PARTNERSHIP: Research entities, technology transfer providers and business association

STARTING DATE: from the 12th May 2011 to the 31st of December 2014.

TOTAL BUDGET: € 450.000,00

FUNDING SCHEME: Collaboration Project (Misura 124 – PIF) (PSR PUGLIA 2007-2013)

ROLE OF D.A.Re.: PARTNER (€ 400.000,00 total cost)

7.       PROJECT TYTLE: Evaluation of the quality specifications of the cultivars of durum wheat to High Range

OBJECTIVE: The project aims to increase the competitiveness of farms of Puglia through the development of an instrument of Web Assistance to support the construction of a new production line of durum wheat quality. The Web Assistance, which uses the new ICT (Information & Communication Technologies), is seen as a key tool for the transfer of innovation from research to production world.

PARTNERSHIP: Research entities, technology transfer providers and business association

STARTING DATE: from the 12th May 2011 to the 31st of December 2014.

TOTAL BUDGET: € 625.000,00

FUNDING SCHEME: Collaboration Project (Misura 124 – PIF) (PSR PUGLIA 2007-2013)

ROLE OF D.A.Re.: PARTNER (€ 556.250,00 total cost)

8.       PROJECT TYTLE: OenoMicroManagement

OBJECTIVE: The management of microbiological resources in the wine sector has seen increasing attention in recent years. Industrial research has made ​​considerable progress, but the complexity of the know-how required for the implementation of these innovations has often been a barrier to entry compared to an efficient use of biotechnology in wine cellar. The cooperation project intervenes precisely to fill this gap, focusing on global management of microbiology in the cellar.

PARTNERSHIP: Research entities, technology transfer providers and business association

STARTING DATE: from the 12th May 2011 to the 30th of June 2015.

TOTAL BUDGET: € 612.000,00

FUNDING SCHEME: Collaboration Project (Misura 124 – PIF) (PSR PUGLIA 2007-2013)

ROLE OF D.A.Re.: PARTNER (€ 196.245,00 total cost)

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

Dare is now driving a continuous learning process thanks to its successful practices in three EU H2020 projects focussing on clusters and staff exchange in the Mediterranean area, cluster excellence through training and peer learning, cluster and new value chains promotion.

As far as the bronze label expired, we are now in the process to acquire the silver one.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

We represent a wide network both at regional level and international one. We can act as multi-actors representative or thorugh a direct involvement in projects, activities and services.