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Name: 
Photonics-Packaging Partnership for Food Innovation
Acronym: 
FoodPackLab
ESCP-4i Status: 
Preparation Phase - Strand1
Start of Partnership: 
01/01/2018
Previous initiatives: 
ESCP Pilots 2013: 
3P4I
Partnership duration
24 months
Number of partners
5
Number of SMEs involved
1232
Targeted third countries
India
South Africa

FoodPackLab (Photonics – Packaging Partnership for Food Innovation) arises from the European Strategic Clusters Partnership launched by 5 European clusters from the photonics, packaging and food industry under the ESCP4i programme, linking different value chain activities, industries and countries. It focuses on cooperation for internationalization, providing time and space for different stakeholders to work on cutting-edge solutions for one of the most important challenges faced by contemporary society – food safety. The Partnership will:

  1. Foster synergies between photonics, packaging and food industries towards current worldwide challenges: food processing, security, and hygiene reducing food waste and Circular Economy in packaging procedures.
  2. Positioning Europe as a reference in the food industry outside of the continent, developing new food value chain methodologies, with particular emphasis on food packaging, and export them to third countries facing new challenges. Bringing together the companies, technological centres and research groups of the consortium clusters will give rise to new opportunities that, otherwise, would have never appeared themselves if everyone had worked alone.
Sectoral Industries: 
Food Processing and Manufacturing
Technology Fields: 
AGROFOOD INDUSTRYTechnologies for the food industryFood Packaging / Handling
S3 EU priority areas: 
Public health and securityFood security & safety
Emerging industries: 
Advanced Packaging
Partnership planned events: 
Target GroupTypeEstimated DateCountryCity
Cluster Organisations
Open to SMEs
Matchmaking Event
29 January 2019
Germany
Hannover
Cluster Organisations
Open to SMEs
Matchmaking Event
16-17 May 2019
Spain
Barcelona
Cluster Organisations
Open to SMEs
Matchmaking Event
17 October 2019
France
Paris
Partnership other activities: 

Partnership building with key stakeholders enabling internationalization missions of European SMEs to India and South Africa, with the aim to raise awareness on photonics and packaging solutions for food waste and food processing.

 

To develop a common Strategy and Roadmap for internationalization on European SMEs from photonics, packaging and food sector in India and South Africa.

 

Other key partners or networks your partnership is linked with in Europe and in third countries: 
CountryNameLink
Spain
Foodservice Cluster
Germany
food.net:z – Lebensmittelnetzwerk Rhein-Neckar e.V.
Germany
Cluster Ernährungswirtschaft Brandenburg
France
Innovation Food Cluster VITAGORA
Belgium
Pack4Food
Denmark
VIFU - Danish Knowledge Centre for Food Innovation
Italy
CNR-IFAC (Optoscana)
South Africa
Franch Ambassy South Africa / Business France Johannesburg
India
CATALONIA TRADE & INVESTMENT-MUMBAI
South Africa
CATALONIA TRADE & INVESTMENT-JOHANNESBURG
France
Agence Économique Régionale Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Italy
Confindustria Emilia-Romagna
Italy
Fondazione Toscana Life Sciences
India
European Business and Technology Centre - EBTC New Delhi
Belgium
Eurochambres
Spain
Food&Nutrition Cluster
Spain
Cluster Catalonia Gourmet
Spain
INNOVACC (Catalan Association of innovation in the pig meat industry)
Spain
INNOVI – Wine Cluster of Catalonia
Spain
Asociación de la Industria Alimentaria de Castilla y León
Spain
CLUSTER FOOD+i
Belgium
Flanders' FOOD
India
SME Chamber of India

Partnership composition

Name Sector/Technology fields Country Regions Total no. of members Total no. of SME
Packaging Cluster Paper and Packaging, Plastics

Food Packaging / Handling, Packaging for machines

KETSAdvanced materials, Manufacturing & IndustryFood, beverage & tobacco products

Advanced Packaging, Digital Industries
Spain Cataluña 70 52
Systematic Paris-Region Communications Equipment and Services, Information Technology and Analytical Instruments

Embedded Systems and Real Time Systems, Advanced Systems Architecture

Digital AgendaICT trust, cyber security & network security, Information & Communication Technologies (ICT)Telecommunications

Digital Industries, Experience Industries
France Île de France 800 480
foodRegio Fishing and Fishing Products, Food Processing and Manufacturing

Food Additives/Ingredients/Functional Food, Food Processing

Manufacturing & IndustryFood, beverage & tobacco products
Germany Schleswig-Holstein 83 35
OPTICSVALLEY Business Services

Automation, Robotics Control Systems, Micro- and Nanotechnology

KETSMicro/Nano electronics, KETSNanotechnology

Creative Industries, Medical Devices
France Île de France 210 150
Food-Processing Initiative e.V. Food Processing and Manufacturing

Food Processing, Food Technology

Manufacturing & IndustryFood, beverage & tobacco products, Public health and securityFood security & safety
Germany Detmold 121 77
secpho - collaborate to innovate Agricultural Inputs and Services, Automotive

Imaging, Image Processing, Pattern Recognition, Micro- and Nanotechnology

KETSPhotonics, Sustainable innovationSmart green & integrated transport systems

Advanced Packaging, Medical Devices
Spain Cataluña 123 63