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Agro Food Park Development of a (national) food cluster By Søren Madsen, Clusterpreneur , November 2010. Cluster, sector, business park??. The Danish Agriculture and food sector: 175.000 employees Third in Western world after Bretagne and Ontario and before Bayern, Pays de la Loire etc.
Development of a (national) food cluster
By Søren Madsen, Clusterpreneur, November 2010
The Danish Agriculture and food sector:
650 knowledge workers and 23.000 m2 laboratory, office space and conference facilities from the start
Danish Agricultural Advisory Service (DAAS) and AgroTech have unique competences within primary production and a joined focus on the whole value chain of food production
High concentration of international companies in Århus and within an hours drive. Examples are Danisco A/S, Arla Foods, AarhusKarlshamn and Danish Crown/Tulip Foods
World class knowledge institutions at Aarhus University, IT ByenKatrinebjerg and The University Hospital in Skejby
New infrastructure – new highways and a coming city railway
Agro Food Park is the driving force for agriculture and food in the new growth strategy plan for the municipality of Århus
Food Valley, Holland
Scion DTU, North of Copenhagen
Sophia Antipolis, Nice
Medicon Valley Alliance, Copenhagen/Lund
Incuba Science Park(s), Århus
Øresund Food Network, Copenhagen
Macroeconomic, Political, Legal and Social context
Company operations and strategy
Quality of business environment
State of cluster development
Source: Michael Porter
Structuring actions to build the new value chain
Defining a sustainable competitive advantage
Setting the future challenges
Interviews with companies and institutions
Action lines task groups
PRESS RELEASE: 24 March 2010 20:30
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (National)
Minister for Business, Ian Lucas, tonight presented the UK’s first-ever "Cluster Marks"- a new award recognising the best of Britain’s manufacturing clusters and their valuable contribution to the country’s economic growth.
Clusters are regional concentrations of related companies and organisations that compete, but also collaborate to share knowledge, increase innovation and drive growth within the sector.
The Cluster Mark was established to raise the profile of UK manufacturers involved in cluster activity and to help promote their local strengths internationally. The awards also aim to boost the reputation of the manufacturing sector as a whole and highlight its importance to the British economy.
Representing the judging panel, Minister for Business, Ian Lucas said:
"It was not our intention to have an overall winner of this competition but the strength of support from the panel for the Humber Seafood Processing Cluster was so strong that we wanted to reflect this.”