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Future offensive for the food industry

In April 2018, the INTERREG/EDR Steering Committee approved the second phase of the project, which was initiated by the Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik e.V. (DIL) from Quakenbrück with a budget of 4.4 million euros. The project includes various funding opportunities for companies and associations in the border area. GIQS is one of seven regional project partners of the DIL and responsible for the region North Rhine-Westphalia.

With FOOD2020, the food industry in the German-Dutch border region is to be made fit for 2020. The activities of FOOD2020 specifically aim at cross-border cooperation of companies with experts and business-oriented research institutions to stimulate technology transfer and innovation development in the companies. It is the aim of FOOD2020 Phase II to react together with the companies to the existing and new social and societal challenges of the sector. Topics to be addressed are “food security”, “sustainable food”, “food safety”, “healthy food” and “social innovation”.

In FOOD2020 Phase II the successful activities from FOOD2020 Phase I will be continued. In particular, the positive results from the innovation projects on product and process innovation and sustainability have shown that positive impulses help SMEs to achieve outstanding and forward-looking results. Successful feasibility studies from Phase I provide ideas for new innovation projects in Phase II.

Further information can be found on the projekt website and the social media profiles of FOOD2020 on Twitter, Youtube, LinkedIn and Xing.

Innovation projects and accompanying measures

Due to the successes in FOOD2020 Phase I and the manifold ideas of the SMEs from the product region, the main focus in FOOD2020 Phase II will be on innovation projects: It is planned to carry out five cross-border innovation projects (each with a budget of around 270,000 euros) and 14 light innovation projects (each with a budget of around 135,000 euros). The SMEs in the project region will receive 50% funding, while research institutions can expect a higher funding rate.

In addition to the innovation projects, there will again be accompanying measures. On the one hand, there will be seminars and events for further and advanced training and to secure young talents, in which information on current and relevant topics in the industry will be conveyed. On the other hand, accompanying measures are planned in which the focus is not only to be on the pure passing on of information on new technologies and new approaches to solutions for existing and future challenges. Thematic think tanks will be established, working in small groups over several sessions. Creative formats will be used to develop new concepts, business cases and solutions to problems within the framework of social challenges that companies can implement in their operations. Participating SMEs from the project region will receive financial support for participating in the interactive workshops.

Ten specialist seminars with an average of at least ten participants and at least seven participating companies and ten think tanks with an average of four participating companies are planned.

Project partners

The two-and-a-half-year project is coordinated by the DIL and carried out jointly with seven partners from the German-Dutch border region. Partners on the German side are FPI (Food Processing Initiative e.V.) and GIQS. In the Netherlands, the business development agencies N.V. NOM (Investerings- en ontwikkelingsmaatschappij voor Noord-Nederland), TCNN (TechnologieCentrum Noord-Nederland), Oost NL (Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost Nederland), LIOF (Limburgse Ontwikkelings- en Investeringsmaatschappij) and BOM (Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij) are involved in the project.


FOOD2020 is implemented within the INTERREG programme Deutschland-Nederland and is co-financed by the European Union, the Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Innovation, Digitalisierung 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 is supported by the programme management of the Ems Dollart Region.

  • Funding programme: INTERREG V A
  • Term: 07/18 - 12/20
  • Budget: 4.4 MM Euro
  • Partners: GIQS + 7