Food Industry Value Chain International B2B Matchmaking

Description

Aumenta is inviting you to join RIGA FOOD 2021 – VIRTUAL BUSINESS TO BUSINESS MEETINGS on September 8th-10th, 2021!

Event is a great opportunity to create new connections within the food production industry – manufacturers, service providers, and suppliers. Riga Food 2021 matchmaking is the platform that connects companies – so don’t miss out your chance to also learn about the latest trends in food industry and get insight of technical development and new products!

More information and registration here: https://riga-food-2021-virtual-business.b2match.io/

Riga Food 2021 virtual matchmaking is co-organised as part of the project AUMENTA X-Industry Internationalization Programme with international matchmaking activities.

The online event is organized under AUMENTA project which is co-funded by the European Union’s COSME Programme.

* The content of this article represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility; it cannot be considered to reflect the views of the European Commission and/or the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) or any  other body of the European Union. The European Commission and the Agency do not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.

Introduction to the project AUMENTA target markets and their opportunities!

Aumenta webinars review.

One of the project AUMENTA aims is to augment business and cooperation opportunities with strategic partners in third countries beyond Europe and facilitate their integration into global value chains. To fulfil this aim, three online webinars were hold to increase the overall knowledge about the projects target countries – Georgia, Morocco, and Uruguay. Experts from these countries shared inside information about the local business characteristics and export opportunities in their country.

The first webinar “Georgia – market insights and opportunities for SMEs” took place on March 2nd. Giving the inside point of view, which is always the best source for useful information, was the Gateway & Partners managing partner M.Tiknuss and Gateway & Partners Georgia CEO Gvantsa Meladze. In the webinar methodologies on how to do the business with Georgians were explained, as well emphasis was put on food retail and trade overview, and ICT industry trends in the country.

“Georgia business culture is becoming closer to the European, even in Georgia they do not switch to the summertime in order to be closer to European working hours. Business relations sometimes stay informal and trust-based, mostly face-to-face meetings are preferred, but this is changing due to pandemic situation.” – Gvantsa Meladze

The second webinar “Moroccan market, a business and cultural approach for SME” took place on May 25th. Introduction to the Moroccan market and its business opportunities with focus on IT and food sector was presented by Mr. Said Chafik, head of the Support and Promotion Department at the Chamber of commerce of Tetouan and Director of the Higher School of Commerce in Tetouan and the Mediterranean Specialized Institute of Management. In the second part of the webinar Mr. Adel Charradi, Ambassador of AUMENTA in Morocco and Business manager in the Athisa Group International and Coordinator of a nonprofit association “Granada International” introduced all the attendees to the cultural approach when doing business in Morocco.

“Punctuality in Morocco is not necessarily considered a virtue. However, being on time for meetings is important, although you may have to wait.”– Mr. Adel Charradi

“Morocco offers an enabling environment for investment in different sectors. Morocco is classified in the ranking of the most competitive economics in the Region, presenting very attractive conditions for national and foreign investors.” – Mr. Said Chafik

The third webinar “URUGUAY – Strategic Gateway to Latin America” took place on June 28th. In the webinar country overview with business and collaboration opportunities were presented by María Inés Mailhos, economist at CPA Ferrere (Uruguay). Delivered to the online event participants were tips and tricks on how to better enter Uruguay market, as well the cultural features which play a big role when doing business there.

“ Three golden rules that has to be considered when starting to do business in Uruguay: 1) Value to use Uruguay as a gateway to Latin America. 2) Combination of strong institutions and the history of respect for political, social, economic freedom, ensures a stable framework. 3) Human relations often plan an important role.” -Maria Ines Mailhos

This article is part of the project AUMENTA that was funded by the European Union’s COSME Programme.

* The content of this article represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility; it cannot be considered to reflect the views of the European Commission and/or the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) or any other body of the European Union. The European Commission and the Agency do not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.

 

Introduction to the 3 target markets and their opportunities

One of the project AUMENTA aims is to augment business and cooperation opportunities with strategic partners in third countries beyond Europe and facilitate their integration into global value chains. To fulfil this aim, three online webinars were hold to increase the overall knowledge about the projects target countries – Georgia, Morocco, and Uruguay. Experts from these countries shared inside information about the local business characteristics and export opportunities in their country.

The first webinar “Georgia – market insights and opportunities for SMEs” took place on March 2nd. Giving the inside point of view, which is always the best source for useful information, was the Gateway & Partners managing partner M.Tiknuss and Gateway & Partners Georgia CEO Gvantsa Meladze. In the webinar methodologies on how to do the business with Georgians were explained, as well emphasis was put on food retail and trade overview, and ICT industry trends in the country.

“Georgia business culture is becoming closer to the European, even in Georgia they do not switch to the summertime in order to be closer to European working hours. Business relations sometimes stay informal and trust-based, mostly face-to-face meetings are preferred, but this is changing due to pandemic situation.” – Gvantsa Meladze

The second webinar “Moroccan market, a business and cultural approach for SME” took place on May 25th. Introduction to the Moroccan market and its business opportunities with focus on IT and food sector was presented by Mr. Said Chafik, head of the Support and Promotion Department at the Chamber of commerce of Tetouan and Director of the Higher School of Commerce in Tetouan and the Mediterranean Specialized Institute of Management. In the second part of the webinar Mr. Adel Charradi, Ambassador of AUMENTA in Morocco and Business manager in the Athisa Group International and Coordinator of a nonprofit association “Granada International” introduced all the attendees to the cultural approach when doing business in Morocco.

“Punctuality in Morocco is not necessarily considered a virtue. However, being on time for meetings is important, although you may have to wait.”– Mr. Adel Charradi
“Morocco offers an enabling environment for investment in different sectors. Morocco is classified in the ranking of the most competitive economics in the Region, presenting very attractive conditions for national and foreign investors.” – Mr. Said Chafik

The third webinar “URUGUAY – Strategic Gateway to Latin America” took place on June 28th. In the webinar country overview with business and collaboration opportunities were presented by María Inés Mailhos, economist at CPA Ferrere (Uruguay). Delivered to the online event participants were tips and tricks on how to better enter Uruguay market, as well the cultural features which play a big role when doing business there.

“Three golden rules that has to be considered when starting to do business in Uruguay: 1) Value to use Uruguay as a gateway to Latin America. 2) Combination of strong institutions and the history of respect for political, social, economic freedom, ensures a stable framework. 3) Human relations often plan an important role.” – Maria Ines Mailhos

This article is part of the project AUMENTA that was funded by the European Union’s COSME Programme.

* The content of this article represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility; it cannot be considered to reflect the views of the European Commission and/or the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) or any other body of the European Union. The European Commission and the Agency do not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains

Uruguay as strategic gateway to Latin America

Description

We are inviting all SMEs with interest in expanding their business to Latin America to join the webinar “Uruguay – strategic gateway to Latin America” on June 28th, 15:00 CET. The online event is organized within the AUMENTA project co-funded by the European Union’s COSME Programme.

Agenda: 

15:00 – 15:15    Welcome and introduction

15:15 – 15:30    Uruguay as a strategic gate to Latin America. Country overview and market insights.

15:30 –16:00    Business, innovation and collaboration opportunities for food and ICT sector

16:00 – 16:15    Doing business in Uruguay – practical tips and recommendations

16:15 – 16:30    Questions and answers session (Q&A)

Speakers:

Mr. Héctor Enrique Goñi – Ambassador of the AUMENTA project in Uruguay

Moderator:

Mrs. Katarzyna Kowalska – President of UNIMOS Alliance

Morocco, a business and cultural approach for SMEs

Description

We invite you on May 25th 14:00 CET to join the online masterclass “Morocco, a business and cultural approach for SMEs”.

The webinar will be focused on the singularity of the Moroccan market and the business possibilities for European food and IT companies. The event will be held in English or translated from Spanish to English. 

Agenda

14:00 – 14:10 Introduction 

14:10 – 14:30 Moroccan market: general approach and specific focus to IT and food sector. Presented by Mr. Adel Charradi, Ambassador of AUMENTA in Morocco 

14:30 – 15:15 Moroccan market: business and cultural approach for SMEs. Presentation with provided translation into English. Presented by Mr. Said Chafik, Head of the Support and Promotion Department at the Chamber of commerce of Tetouan and Director of the Higher School of Commerce in Tetouan and the Mediterranean Specialized Institute of Management. 

15:15 – 15:35 Questions and Answers session 

To apply for the event, please get registered in the following form:  https://forms.gle/gcag3cyYiGUsskrq6

Link to the event will be sent out via e-mail to all the registrants. 

The online event is organized under AUMENTA project which is co-funded by the European Union’s COSME Programme.

* The content of this article represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility; it cannot be considered to reflect the views of the European Commission and/or the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) or any  other body of the European Union. The European Commission and the Agency do not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.

Market insights and opportunities in Georgia

On March 2nd, 2021, AUMENTA project team collaborated with Gateway & Partners to organize online webinar “Georgia – market insights and opportunities”. With aim to inform interested SME’s (SMALL and MEDIUM ENTERPRISES) about possibilities and trade overview in Georgia, as well giving insight on ITC industry newest trends.

First presenter, Martins Tiknuss, managing partner of Gateway & Partners, explained export support options that company offers, and first steps that are very useful and need to be done when starting to expand your business abroad. Continuing useful tips and tricks on Georgia export market, Gateway & Partners Georgia CEO Gvantsa Meladze, emphasized on what is important on doing business with Georgians, explaining ITC industry and newest trends. As few of the many pros on doing business in Georgia Gvantsa Meladze mentioned: “There is an emerging ICT community in Georgia that is ready to reach EU markets. Attractive and free business environment makes doing business in Georgia easy. Georgia has its strengths in cloud computing, database activities, process optimization, software development, technical support and hardware development. Of course, there are ICT sector weaknesses, but they are being improved day by day.”

This was first online workshop organized by AUMENTA, and it will be followed by similar webinars about other target countries Morocco and Uruguay. Project AUMENTA goal is to speed up network internationalization of food, ICT Industry and SMEs from projects participating countries towards strategic third countries beyond Europe in field of emerging industries and Fast Moving Consumer Goods. By widening borders project partners hope that the project will create new long lasting and qualitative collaborations and increase export in Georgia and other target markets.

Project is co-funded by the European Union’s COSME Programme.

* The content of this article represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility; it cannot be considered to reflect the views of the European Commission and/or the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) or any other body of the European Union. The European Commission and the Agency do not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains

Georgia – market insights and opportunities.

On March 2nd, 2021, AUMENTA project team collaborated with Gateway & Partners to organize online webinar “Georgia – market insights and opportunities”. With aim to inform interested SME’s (SMALL and MEDIUM ENTERPRISES) about possibilities and trade overview in Georgia, as well giving insight on ITC industry newest trends.

First presenter, Martins Tiknuss, managing partner of Gateway & Partners, explained export support options that company offers, and first steps that are very useful and need to be done when starting to expand your business abroad. Continuing useful tips and tricks on Georgia export market, Gateway & Partners Georgia CEO Gvantsa Meladze, emphasized on what is important on doing business with Georgians, explaining ITC industry and newest trends. As few of the many pros on doing business in Georgia Gvantsa Meladze mentioned: “There is an emerging ICT community in Georgia that is ready to reach EU markets. Attractive and free business environment makes doing business in Georgia easy. Georgia has its strengths in cloud computing, database activities, process optimization, software development, technical support and hardware development. Of course, there are ICT sector weaknesses, but they are being improved day by day.”

This was first online workshop organized by AUMENTA, and it will be followed by similar webinars about other target countries Morocco and Uruguay. Project AUMENTA goal is to speed up network internationalization of food, ICT Industry and SMEs from projects participating countries towards strategic third countries beyond Europe in field of emerging industries and Fast Moving Consumer Goods. By widening borders project partners hope that the project will create new long lasting and qualitative collaborations and increase export in Georgia and other target markets.

Project is co-funded by the European Union’s COSME Programme.

* The content of this article represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility; it cannot be considered to reflect the views of the European Commission and/or the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) or any other body of the European Union. The European Commission and the Agency do not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.

AUMENTA

The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) of European Commission has signed grant agreement with the five-partner consortium, where Latvian IT Cluster is coordinator, for funding five Clusters of cross-sectorial co-operation Project: „Speeding up network internationalization of food, ICT Industry 4.0 clusters and their SMEs towards strategic third countries beyond Europe in field of emerging industries and Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG 4.0)” or “AUMENTA” implementation, in the frame of European Union’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) competitiveness program “COSME”.

The Project implementation started on 1st of September 2020 and its duration is 18 months. The Project’s overall aim is to implement and test joint internationalization strategy aimed at supporting SMEs to identify growth opportunities worldwide, increase the internationalisation of SMEs, augment business and cooperation opportunities with strategic partners in third countries beyond Europe and facilitate their integration into global value chains.

Project budget:

Grant amount: EUR 446 461.00

Total budget: EUR 496 070.19

Lead partner (Coordinator):

Latvian IT Cluster

Project partners:

Foundation UNIMOS

Food Products Quality Cluster represented by Latvian Federation of Food Companies

OnGranada Tech City

SMART food cluster represented by Lithuanian Food exporters association

Built upon successful implementation of ESCP S3 partnership DIGICLUSTERS, AUMENTA is a novel and interdisciplinary project that takes European SMEs to the next level and boost their internationalization beyond Europe by intensifing cluster and business network collaboration, establishing ‘European Strategic Cluster Partnership-Going International’ (ESCP-4i) and implementing & testing joint internationalization strategy.

The project interconnects of five relevant and complementary partners from four countries (ES, PL, LT, LV) uniting high technology clusters (ICT/ Industry 4.0) with traditional sectors (food) towards jointly and consciously selected third countries beyond Europe:

> Morocco – as a strategic gate to North African/ South-Mediterranean (MEDA) markets;

> Georgia – as a strategic gate to Caucasus & post-URSS markets;

> Uruguay – as a strategic gate to Latin American markets

to lead international cluster cooperation in field of emerging industries:

> Food 4.0.

> Industry 4.0 applied to agrofood industry

> Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG 4.0) and development of international commerce and eCommerce.

By implementation of pioneering X-Industry Internationalization Programme, AUMENTA will support European SMEs in their fast internationalization to three continents, creating new cooperation and business opportunities to support growth, jobs and wealth.

This article is part of the project AUMENTA that was funded by the European Union’s COSME Programme.

The project is co-funded by the European Union’s COSME Programme

* The content of this article represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility; it cannot be considered to reflect the views of the European Commission and/or the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) or any other body of the European Union. The European Commission and the Agency do not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.

 

 

        

 

PROJECT

“SAFE SMART FOOD”

PROJECT No. 874389

 

The Grand Agreement was signed on 16/12/2019 by Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) under the powers delegated by the European Commission and ASSOCIACIO CLUSTER DEL PACKAGING (PACK CLUSTER), and the following other beneficiaries: ASSOCIACIO DEL CLUSTER FOODSERVICEDE CATALUNYA (FOODSERVICE), BUSINESS UPPER AUSTRIA – OO WIRTSCHAFTSAGENTUR GMBH (BIZ-UP/Food), Food Products Quality Cluster represented by Latvian Federation of Food Companies (LFFC/FPQC), SMART food cluster represented by Lithuanian Food exporters association (LITMEA/SFC). The grant is awarded for the action entitled ‘Safe Smart Food’.

The project aims to strengthen the collaboration between clusters and improve their management capacity to create the conditions of a favourable ecosystem in the food and packaging sector to boost innovation, competitiveness and internationalization of SMEs and to offer to the cluster’s SMEs an integrated program of services based on excellence.

 

The project aims to:

 

SO1. Improve and strengthen clusters management capacities and skills towards cluster excellence defining an integrated training and learning program facilitating the upgrade of their Cluster Excellence Level.

SO2. Define and implement a program of services based on excellence to the cluster’s members with the aim to improve competitiveness, innovation and internationalization of SMEs, giving answer to the needs of SMEs.

SO3. Develop and implement a comprehensive individually cluster strategy with the aim to work through the excellence, strengthening cluster capacity and supporting the growth and competitiveness of their members

SO4. Develop and implement a common strategy and define a roadmap to facilitate the collaboration of the consortium for a long term. The common strategy will facilitate the collaboration of the consortium to operate together at European level at both commercial and non-commercial level (investment, permanent improvement, best practices, etc.).

SO5. Strengthen networking among the consortium and their members through the organisation and participation in B2B, C2C, and matchmaking and networking events.

SO6. Include a multi-stakeholder’s perspective and multi-sectorial approach to address the main sector’ challenges involving main stakeholders and end-consumers among and beyond the consortium, involving them in the definition of the cluster strategy and collaboration and networking events.

SO7. Contribute to rise-awareness on the clusters activities and COSME Excellence program disseminating the project results and objectives achieved.

SO8. Promote the exchanges of best practices, know-how and lessons learned to replicate and capitalize the project activities.

SO9. Support interregional cooperation among clusters and SMEs based on smart specialisation priorities linked to the food and packaging sector defined by regional and national government to achieve a more competitive and sustainable food system.

Project duration: The duration of the action will be 20 months as of 03/02/2020

The project is funded by the European Union’s COSME Programme.

         

 

PROJECT

ESCP S3 for speeding up industrial modernization of Agrofood packaging sectors towards Industry 4.0 and digital transformation by Cluster-Facilitated X-Industry Hackathons —DIGICLUSTERS

PROJECT No. 822095

 

 

In March 18th, 2019 the project partner representatives took part in the project management team meeting and study visit in Kaunas, Lithuania.

The purpose of the visit is to:

 Discuss basic aspects of project implementation

  1. Sign a partnership agreement;
  2. To discuss about the progress of implementation of the project activities
  3. To study from best practices of implementing local Hackathons

Intensive meetings with project partners, debates, discussions and group work will facilitate to share best practice and experiences on the implementation activities who will help to reach the final project goal.

During the visit, the representatives of the project partner institutions will have the opportunity to be a part of Baltic Cluster Forum 2019. According that BALTIC CLUSTER FORUM 2019 this year is officially included in EU Cluster Weeks initiative and will focus on one of the key factors to ensure growth and success in the future clusters: innovation. During the conference, variety of local and foreign experts will provide best practices to start, promote and sustain innovation process, reveal the significance of international and cross-sectoral partnerships in fuelling innovation engine. So the project partner representatives will have good opportunity to spread the information of our implementing project and its activities.

Taking part in the visit is a part of Latvian IT Cluster (LITC) administrated project “ESCP S3 for speeding up industrial modernization of Agrofood packaging sectors towards Industry 4.0 and digital transformation by Cluster-Facilitated X-Industry Hackathons —DIGICLUSTERS”.

This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union.

The content of this publication represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility; it cannot be considered to reflect the views of the European Commission and/or the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) or any other body of the European Union. The European Commission and the Agency do not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.

 Project  ESCP S3 for speeding up industrial modernization of Agrofood packaging sectors towards Industry 4.0 and digital transformation by Cluster-Facilitated X-Industry Hackathons —DIGICLUSTERS

 Project No. 822095

 Project‘s Coodinator: Latvian IT Cluster (LITC)

 Project‘s Beneficiaries: AgroBioCluster represented by Foundation UNIMOS (UNIMOS/ABC), Food Products Quality Cluster represented by Latvian Federation of Food Companies (LFFC/FPQC), OnGranada Tech City (ON GRANADA), SMART food cluster represented by Lithuanian Food exporters association (LITMEA/SFC), Association of Lithuanian Printing Industries (LISPA), Lithuanian Innovation Center (LIC).

 Project duration: The duration of the action will be 18 months as of 01/10/2018

 The project is co-funded by the European Union’s COSME Programme.

         

PROJECT

ESCP S3 for speeding up industrial modernization of Agrofood packaging sectors towards Industry 4.0 and digital transformation by Cluster-Facilitated X-Industry Hackathons —DIGICLUSTERS

PROJECT No. 822095

 

The Grand Agreement was signed on 01/10/2018 by Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) under the powers delegated by the European Commission and Latvian IT Cluster (LITC), and the following other beneficiaries: AgroBioCluster represented by Foundation UNIMOS (UNIMOS/ABC), Food Products Quality Cluster represented by Latvian Federation of Food Companies (LFFC/FPQC), OnGranada Tech City (ON GRANADA), SMART food cluster represented by Lithuanian Food exporters association (LITMEA/SFC), Association of Lithuanian Printing Industries (LISPA), Lithuanian Innovation Center (LIC). The grant is awarded for the action entitled ‘ESCP S3 for speeding up industrial modernization of agrofood packaging sectors towards Industry 4.0 and digital transformation by Cluster-Facilitated X-Industry Hackathons — DIGICLUSTERS’.

The main objectives of the DIGICLUSTERs project are:

  • To support setting-up the European Strategic Cluster Partnership for smart specialization investments (ESCP-S3)
  • To foster the collaboration between enterprises, especially SMEs and their interactions with technology centers within the cluster and across regional and sectoral silos towards generating joint actions and investment projects in common smart specialisation priority areas linked to industrial modernisation and to help improving their business environment
  • To speed up industrial modernization by bringing together clusters, regional authorities and technology centers and facilitate the generation of a pipeline of joint collaboration and innovation projects
  • To implement joint activities with a view to mobilise interregional collaboration and investments of industry actors, notably SMEs, and provide related business, technology and growth support services
  • To strengthen and facilitate linkages between clusters, technology centers and regional authorities in order to link specialized ecosystem and create favorable environment for innovations to accelerate industrial modernization
  • To entrepreneurially discover new and strategic forms of interregional cooperation between and B2B with European partners to help SMEs incorporate new technologies and digital innovations and trigger collaboration aimed at joint investments
  • To improve the visibility of the consortium, its partners and affiliates at European level, building and shaping positive image of involved clusters, SMEs, technology centers and regional governments

 

Project duration: The duration of the action will be 18 months as of 01/10/2018

The project is funded by the European Union’s COSME Programme.