Brochure with FOOD2020 project results produced by GIQS
More than 20 cross-border innovation projects were carried out from 2018 to 2022 under the umbrella of the second phase of the INTERREG project FOOD2020. In addition, there were numerous workshops and seminars as well as seven thematic think tanks. GIQS has now produced a brochure in German and Dutch on the results of the cooperation project, presenting the wide range of funded initiatives on more than 100 pages.
A total of 156 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from the German-Dutch border region received financial support from the FOOD2020 project within four years. The companies were supported in developing concrete solutions that contribute to overcoming the challenges that are essential for today’s food industry. The project activities have created a total of 52 new jobs and many new collaborations in the Dutch-German border area.
21 innovation projects are listed in the 104-page brochure, which gives a good impression of the great diversity of project activities from the agrofood sector. For example, the innovation project AllerGoFree produced allergy-free fruit by treating it with carbon dioxide; the Foie Royale project developed an ethical alternative to foie gras; the Animus app helps farmers maximise yields and reduce production costs; and Fladderfarm Mobiel developed innovative off-grid mobile poultry houses.
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Project manager Tim Mäkelburg from the regional FOOD2020 partner GIQS e.V. was responsible for the editing and layout of the brochure and is highly satisfied with the publication: “It was a very nice task to review all project activities of the past years at the end of the project and to present them in a condensed form in pictures and text”. His colleague Maaike Büchner from the Dutch FOOD2020 regional partner Oost NL was also pleased with the result: “It is nice to see that we were able to support so many companies in developing new products that really contribute to a better, healthier world. Many connections between Dutch and German companies were created and strengthened, which is a good breeding ground for further cooperation and opens doors to new markets.”
FOOD2020 was implemented within the INTERREG programme Deutschland-Nederland and co-financed by the European Union, the Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Innovation, Klimaschutz und Energie of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Ministerium für Bundes- und Europaangelegenheiten und Regionale Entwicklung of Lower Saxony, the Dutch Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat and the provinces of Drenthe, Fryslân, Gelderland, Groningen, Limburg, Noord-Brabant and Overijssel. It was supported by the programme management of the Ems Dollart Region. Leadpartner was the German Institute of Food Technology e.V. (DIL) in Quakenbrück