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Agro-food cluster
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Agro-food cluster

West Flanders leads Europe in agri-food expertise. The world-renowned companies of the industry rely on the region’s ideal climate and high-quality soil, as well as on its central location within the EU’s key consumer markets. Tonnes of meat, vegetables, potatoes, grain products, chocolate and beer are exported from the province to markets across the globe.

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Offering a rich knowledge hub

The agro-food expert group combines the expertise of Flanders’ FOOD, Howest, ILVO, Inagro, KU Leuven, Ghent University and VIVES.

Knowledge hub projects and investments cover process sustainability, alternative biomass, frying, fish products and processing, potato and vegetable processing and the port system.

Pilot plants and demos offer insights and new developments to food companies across West Flanders.

Cluster partnerships

Academy for the Future
TUA_West
Fevia Vlaanderen
Flanders Food
VOKA West Flanders
Unizo
Alimento
Vegebe
Boerenbond
Academy for the Future
With the Academy for the Future the Province of West Flanders links the requirements of the business sector and future-oriented training courses for job seekers, workers and entrepreneurs. The Academy is also actively involved in the promotion of jobs and relevant training courses.
TUA_West
TUA West - Technical University Alliance for economic transformation in West Flanders - is a unique partnership between the Province of West Flanders, the Howest and VIVES colleges, the universities of Ghent and KU Leuven, and the employers’ organisations Voka and UNIZO. TUA West promotes and fosters excellence in higher education and research in West Flanders.
Fevia Vlaanderen
FEVIA Vlaanderen represents all companies and industry associations active in the production of food and beverages. FEVIA Vlaanderen counts more than 400 member companies including both large companies and SMEs, from local craft tradition to high volume production. FEVIA Vlaanderen defends the interests of the food industry at horizontal level and acts as interlocutor for political and socio-economic institutions.
Flanders Food
Flanders’ FOOD is a unique, strategy-driven platform for the facilitation of innovation, thereby contributing to a more competitive, innovative and sustainable agri-food industry. Flanders’ FOOD levers the innovation capacity of the agri-food companies by enhancing their scientific and technological knowledge by means of an integrated approach.
VOKA West Flanders
Voka - Chamber of Commerce West Flanders represents more than 3,200 small, medium and large enterprises throughout the province. Voka offers the entrepreneur access to the influence, knowledge and network of the largest entrepreneurs' organization in Flanders
Unizo
UNIZO (Organisation for the Self-Employed and SMEs) is a Flemish organisation for self-employed entrepreneurs. UNIZO West Flanders unites around 15,000 independent entrepreneurs and liberal professions, from starters to SMEs.
Alimento
Alimento brings together the sectoral services who are presented to the employees and employers of the food industry (PC 118 and 220) by means of the social partners. The Alimento-group serves more than 4,600 food companies whom together employ almost 89,000 people.
Vegebe
Vegebe is the Union of the Belgian vegetables processing sector and the trade in vegetables for processing. As well the wholesalers in processing vegetables, as the processors of frozen and canned vegetables make part of this union.
Boerenbond
Boerenbond is a trade organisation for farmers and for people living in the countryside. Boerenbond wants - in dialogue with society - a sustainable long term agriculture and horticulture through the protection of farmers' interests, training and education, service, representation, cooperation with regards to production, delivery and sales.