The cluster acts as a constantly growing triple helix network of companies active in high value added food and drinks processing industry.
Cluster operates as a membership association “Latvian high added value and healthy food cluster” established as a legal entity in 2015. Before that cluster existed as a formally organized triple helix collaboration network “Vidzeme high added value and healthy food cluster”, since January 2010. Cluster is based in Vidzeme region, but as a triple helix network of members and partners, involves stakeholders also from the Riga planning region.
Key focus and activity areas of the cluster are:
• Networking, collaboration, knowledge and experience exchange;
• New product and technology development – food sector innovation;
• Increasing public awareness of high added value and healthy food;
• Strategic collaboration with other industry innovation players in EU: development of international collaboration with food and related industries clusters in Baltic Sea region and EU, development of collaboration with other industry clusters in Latvia
Currently the network involves 33 organizations, majority of them are innovative and export oriented food and drinks industry SMEs. Cluster is actively collaborating with other Food clusters and various organizations across the Baltic Sea region, and was one of the partners in BSR Stars flagship project "BSR Food - BSR Food Cluster Network around the Baltic Sea".
Resources needed for the basic administration of the cluster management are aprox. 10-15 000 EUR a year. All additional activities, such as projects or project co-financing is funded on ad-hoc bases.
Evidence of success
Since the cluster inception in 2010, it has been actively involved in many internationalization activities and projects and thus have built a strong international collaboration network with other clusters, R&D organizations and industry networks in EU. For example the cluster is
an associated partner in the project "Rural RDI milieus in transition towards smart bioeconomy clusters and innovation ecosystems (RDI2CluB), Interreg BSR 2014.-2020 programme and others. http://www.rdi2club.eu/;
Companies involved in the cluster see it as a collaboration platform that allows them access information, contacts, expertise and market knowledge that helps in market penetration and development of new products, services and innovations in the food industry.
Potential for learning or transfer
Latvian high added value and healthy food cluster is one of the most developed and internationally active food industry clusters in the Baltics and can share the experience in developing and participating in several international projects with other clusters in Europe as well as develops joint projects in the areas of food innovation, food waste to value, food packaging and design, gourmet tourism.
The cluster provides support services to its members:
-Access to the European Internal market
- Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
-Facilitation of collaboration between members
-Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
-Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
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