Family character in a competitive global market
Food is a big business in West Flanders: 900 food SMEs account for 16,000 jobs. The region’s network of companies and knowledge institutes makes West Flanders fertile soil for entrepreneurship.
Climatological and geographical conditions make West Flanders ideal for fishing and the cultivation of numerous crops, particularly vegetables and potatoes. The meat processing subsector is a significant regional employer. West Flanders’ food industry is extremely diverse. Companies of all sizes are active in the province and produce and export a huge range of high-quality products worldwide for both B2B and B2C.
The unique agro-food cluster of West Flanders pools the strengths of local and regional players to offer support to the industry. Companies get access to innovation, expertise and a broad network of players and potential partners. Cluster partners:
- stimulate product and process innovation;
- attract suitable, motivated and highly skilled employees;
- promote the local food industry amongst youth;
- facilitate cross-sectoral cooperation
- support successful food product market launches;
- optimise food transportation.
Serving the food chain from end to end
The House of Food, an innovative agro-food hub, is located right at the heart of the West Flemish food industry in Roeselare. Companies, researchers, educational and public organisations use the hub’s sensory laboratory, cutting-edge training kitchen, educational atelier, experience centre and ‘FoodLab’ to drive the growth of the industry.
Supporting companies today for the economy of tomorrow
In order to give businesses in West Flanders every possibility to grow via innovation, the Province of West Flanders established cluster partnerships to prepare its industry for the future. Promotion, research, training and infrastructure,…: the cluster partnerships aim to create an optimal breeding ground for a future-oriented economy. This is possible thanks to a close collaboration between education, science, industry and local government.