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Food Pro·tec·ts

Food production technologies for trans-boundary systems

This project, in which GIQS is Lead Partner and coordinates the work of numerous partner organizations, runs from July 2016 to June 2020. The priority is to increase cross-border innovation in the program area and has project costs of a total of almost ten million euros.

Food Pro·tec·ts (www.foodprotects.eu) was developed to bring high-class, technological innovations into the German-Dutch economic area. In the project, entrepreneurs from both countries work together with innovation experts within different technology clusters, with the goal of developing new and novel technologies together and learning how to handle them. All the technological products that will result from this project are, on the one hand, precisely geared to the needs of regional SMEs. On the other hand, they should help to secure existing competitive advantages of the entire region compared to other locations around the world and expand as far as possible. The project partners also want to make their personal contribution to the progress of the so-called agricultural change. Modern society expects food to be produced and offered on a sustainable, regional, and high quality basis.

Project focus and partners

The project is planned for a term of four years. Altogether 18 project partners have a total budget of around 10 million euros in seven different clusters. The thematic focus is on the following aspects: increasing consumer protection and information to consumers, reducing water and food products within production, improving animal welfare and health, as well as new ways of transforming biomass into valuable products, e.g. Feed.

In addition to the lead partner GIQS, a total of 17 other partners are involved in the project Food Pro·tec·ts: ChainPoint BV, Dr. Berns Laboratorium GmbH & Co. KG, Hochschule Rhein-Waal, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Landwirtschaftskammer Nordrhein-Westfalen, IVD (Gesellschaft für Innovative Veterinärdiagnostik mbH), UMCG (Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen), DLV Intensief Advies BV, Inno+ BV, Veravis GmbH, Wageningen UR, Kreis Borken, Grenol GmbH, Soepenberg BV, Marel Stork Poultry Processing B.V., Stichting Greenport Venlo sowie CJ Wildbird Foods Ltd/Vivara.