In May 2019, Secpho and Packaging Cluster had the pleasure of hosting a second FoodPackLab international event in Barcelona. This unique Innovation Event was dedicated to New Technologies in Agriculture and the Food Industry and attracted more than 70 international participants from Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the UK.
These two days covering innovation in plant production, animal production, environment, and food processing, were a result of a collaboration between two European projects: EPRISE and FoodPackLab.
The aim of this matchmaking event was to support photonics SMEs with go-to-market solutions from experts and to foster cross-sectoral collaboration between entities from photonics, packaging, agriculture, and food industry and brought together significant international stakeholders such as SMEs, experts, R&D centres and research groups as well as clusters – all together with the common goal: collaborate to innovate in the agriculture and food industry – which also reflects secpho’s vision and mission.
By joining entrepreneurs and researchers, who are not only working on new-tech for European economic development but also on the creation of sustainable and responsible industries, we managed to combine the huge potential of photonics and packaging technologies with recent challenges from the food and agriculture sector. The diverse program featured a panel of international experts covering a wide range of topics, innovation workshops on challenges from the agriculture and food sector and solutions provided by packaging and photonics technologies, as well as B2B meetings to stimulate and strengthen collaborations along the entire value chain.
In addition, several networking opportunities such as a vintage van tour to Montjuïc, a social dinner at the Maritim Museum and the Farewell Lunch at the Maritim Restaurant provided the participants with plenty of business matchmaking opportunities to connect and to strengthen relationships with the aim of cooperation.