Strategies for innovation,
development of R&D and internationalization.
The food industry is the second sector of Aragon and represents 8% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product), with an aggregate turnover of 3.500 billion euros and 12.000 jobs.
Aragon Food Cluster was born as an enterprise initiative therefore all actions are directed to a specific business sector: FOOD. In this sector, companies have similar challenges and innovative lines so new product development is the complete process of bringing a new and added value product to market.
Aragon Food Cluster consists of 45 members, among which includes companies and knowledge institutions.
A total of 36 food processing industries associated add a turnover of 1,500 million euros and represent 3% of GDP, representing 40% of the turnover of the sector in Aragon.
Within 4 years this Cluster has made Aragon Food Industry prominent at an international level through innovative actions. Our organization has been recognized as an Innovative Business Association (AEI) by Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism. Our ultimate goal is developed in line with the needs, interests, and input of its members to facilitate innovation through branding and cooperation in the whole food value chain, supporting the visibility, and growth of members.
We find new solutions by R&D to provide value to the industry and tackle the global food challenge.
Our Team works to improve innovative projects. Our team has components to ensure the success of the project. Each member of the team brings a talent and skill to the table, the ability to translate scientific and technical concepts in sales arguments which contributes to the overall success of the group.
Aragon Food Cluster is continually developing new forms of collaboration. We run themed programs to centralize the many types of support available. We also help Aragon businesses get their international innovation projects off the ground.
Continuous monitoring of market trends and new scientific advances, adapted to the idiosyncrasies for companies, which allows to propose R & D + i for specific needs.
Resource exchange and the value of the resource accessed in an alliance are of central concern. Aragon Food Cluster articulates this perspective view alliances and networks as alternative mechanisms to markets or hierarchies for addressing specific strategic needs. In this tradition, alliances are undertaken to secure scarce and valuable resources critical for a firm’s survival and prosperity.
Aragon Food Cluster facilitates networking opportunities across the food sector. Through our events and activities, we want to help entrepreneurs, multinational corporations, research institutes, and investors start the dialogue that can lead to mutually beneficial collaboration to new product developtened and the performance and Time-to-Market.
Aragon Food Cluster was born as an enterprise initiative therefore all actions are directed to a specific business industry, FOOD.
In this sector, companies have similar challenges and innovative lines so new product development is the complete process of bringing a new and added value product to the market. Aragon Food Cluster consists of 55 members, among which includes companies and knowledge institutions. A total of 36 food processing industries associated add a turnover of 1,500 million euros and they represent 3% of GDP (40% of the total turnover of the agricultural sector in Aragon).
Novel technologies, such as digital and renewable energy technologies, announce a new agriculture that is known in specialized fields such as Precision and Sustainable Farming. To help our members to achieve this goal the Cluster is implementing the following actions:
The Cluster aims to improve the competitiveness of Aragonian firms and strengthen the RDI ecosystem interacting with other members of the value chain based on four main strategic axis: Cooperation, Innovation, Internationalization and Training. Food and farming are key to achieving the entire set of SDGs – A focus on rural development and investment in agriculture are powerful tools to end poverty and hunger and bring about sustainable development. Aragon Food Cluster is a member of the Aragon Economics Advisory Board. The Board will bring a diverse set of perspectives and voices from different parts of the region and different sectors of the economy to bear in the formulation and evaluation of economic policy.
The Cluster’s goal is to promote in the Chinese market of the Aragon Region as one of the European references in the agricultural sector from a perspective of high advanced technology, sustainability and innovation. We have very experienced Aragon companies such as Grandes Vinos, Industrias Cárnicas Santa Elena and Jamones Sierra Palomera, all of them are enrolled in our Chinese market cooperation program.
We are open for cooperation with other public Chinese institutions, universities and innovation research associations. And we would like to have also Chinese companies as a member in our Cluster in order to take advantage of our activities.
Key support activities of the cluster are: