At the First FoodNet Conference "Food in Eco Network (FoodNET)" held in Lodz (Poland) on November 15, 2018, the Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of FoodNET Metacluster, a European meta-cluster, aims to stimulate and develop exports of agri-food products from Europe to third partners such as the United States, Canada, China and Middle East countries (Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman).
FoodNET Metacluster aims to promote an internationalization strategy to develop stakeholders' capacity (know-how and performance) and to create synergies in the meantime to start or increase food exports to selected third markets. FoodNET Metacluster addresses a wide range of stakeholders, such as: food companies (especially fresh, organic, organic), logistics, ICT and energy sector companies, regional authorities and sectoral organizations groups, groups , business environment institutions) and others.
The memorandum was signed by a consortium of clusters, consisting of LODZistics - Logistics Business Network of Central Poland (Poland); Logistics in Wallonia (Belgium), AgroTransilvania Cluster (Romania), Latvian Logistics Association (Latvia) and was accepted by Coexphal - Association of Fruit and Vegetable Producer Organizations of Almeria (Spain).
FoodNet is being developed under the Food in Eco Network - internationalization and global competitiveness of European SMEs in Food and Eco Logistics Sector (FoodNet), funded by the EU's COSME program.
The conference was preceded by a consortium's work consortium, which discussed and adopted decisions on the formulation and structuring of SMEs and Metacluster's interests (FoodNet) in the document on
the strategic objectives of the group, which include a series of local training seminars for local beneficiaries (clusters, companies, other organizations) to overcome barriers inherent to the penetration of non-European markets.