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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Thursday, 2 April, 2009
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Piemonte
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Giorgio
Diquattro
Cluster Manager
+39-0171-912021
info@poloagrifood.it
Male
Dario
Vallauri
Internationalisation Responsible
+39-0171-912021
info@poloagrifood.it
Male
Laura
Fuso
Project Manager
+39-0171-912021
info@poloagrifood.it
Female
Cristina
Pellegrino
Project Manager
+39-0171-912021
info@poloagrifood.it
Female
Medina
Meti
Project Manager
+39-0171-912021
info@poloagrifood.it
Female
Daniele
Sconfienza
Project Manager
+39-0171-912021
info@poloagrifood.it
Male
Languages spoken: 
English
French
Italian
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Agricultural Inputs and Services
Food Processing and Manufacturing
Technology fields: 
Safe production methods
Food Packaging / Handling
S3 EU priority areas: 
Food, beverage & tobacco products
Food security & safety
Emerging industries: 
Advanced Packaging
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
180
Number of SME members: 
135
Number of larger company members: 
15
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
7
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
23
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Ferrero Technical Services
Larger Company
Luigi Lavazza S.P.A.
Larger Company
Università degli Studi di Torino
University
Universita' degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale Amedeo Avogadro
University
Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche
University
Plastipak Italia Preforme S.R.L.
Larger Company
Sedamyl Spa
Larger Company
Balocco Spa
Larger Company
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

To support SMEs and cluster members in identifying their needs and setting up plans for innovation, R&D and technology transfer in the fields of food technologies, traceability, product/process innovation, microbiology, food safety and sustainability.

The support is provided by means of R&D projects building, demonstration/TT activities, training and education and fund raising.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to technology services
Direct advisory services
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Trend-scouting (Ideas for innovative projects)
Details of support services: 

The staff supports the cluster AGRIFOOD members on technology transfer and R&D concernig packaging and shelf life improvement; sanitization technologies and food safety; development of new products, processes and services.

The support is provided by means of both advisory services (with internal labs and partnerships with external laboratories) and of assistance and support to SMEs on identifying funding opportunities on regional, national or EU programmes.

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Argentina
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: 
France
Germany
Romania
Spain
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?: 
CL.USTER A.GRIFOOD N.AZIONALE - CL.A.N.
PARCO AGROALIMENTARE FVG - Agrifood & Bioeconomy Cluster Agency
CAT.AL, High Technology Agrifood Lombardy Cluster (Parco Tecnologico Padano)
Vitagora
VALORIAL
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)
FP7
INTERREG
EIT KICs
Other

- Project ALCOTRA PITER "ALPIMED": Integrated plan for rural and mountain areas

- Project SALUX (2011-2013): Food reformulations in SMEs. Coordinated by the Polo AGRIFOOD Cluster manager.

- Project FASST (2009-2011): Herbs production and processing.

- Project EET (2011-2013): Green extraction technologies.

- Project AIM-COCO (2009-2012): Nano-structured materials for the food industry.

- Interreg Alcotra Programme Italy-France 2018

- Public Health Progamme 2010, funded by the European Commission - Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA)

- Interreg Alcotra Programme Italy-France 2008

- Interreg Alcotra Programme Italy-France 2010

- Manunet Programme 2009

Relevant Project References: 
A EUROPEAN NETWORK TO FOLLOW-UP THE REFORMULATION OF MANUFACTURED FOODS IN TERMS OF REDUCTION OF THE LEVELS OF FAT, SALT AND SUGAR. IDENTIFICATION AND EXCHANGE OF GOOD PRACTICES ON THE TECHNICAL AND ECONOMICAL ASPECTS OF REFORMULATIONS AMONG EU SMEs.
Promotion
Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Polo AGRIFOOD covers the whole agrifood value chain with the mission to support SMEs to enhance their competitiveness through the adoption of innovations all along the food chain, from farm production to food processing and distribution up to the involvement of the consumers.

The Polo AGRIFOOD Innovation cluster has developed expertise since 2009 in promoting collaboration between the cluster members and the international network, aimed at supporting SMEs on the innovation management, from the check-up of the ideas to the structuring of strategic collaborations for R&D projects or for B2B relationships.