The East Netherlands, home to the Wageningen UR-Foodvalley Region of the Netherlands, will have a presence at REAP. Oost NL, the East Netherlands Development Agency, has joined Agri-TechE as a member and is keen to develop stronger relations with the UK agri-tech community by bringing a delegation to REAP 2020.
Remco Lucassen, Trade Development Adviser at Oost NL, comments: “Agri-TechE membership was brought to our attention by one of the partners we work with in Norwich.
“As there is much to be gained for both regions from our cooperation, we are happy to be a member.
“East Anglia, in particular, is a region with a long agricultural history and very strong agro sector and we can bring expertise from, for example, Wageningen University and the agri-tech ecosystem from our region and connect the members of Agri-TechE to our region.”
The East Netherlands attaches high value to relations with the UK. Marloes de Goeijen works as advisor new business UK at Oost NL.
She adds: “Hopefully, we can add synergy by acting on behalf of our region and co-create with Agri-TechE to foster new partnerships and innovative events.”
For Agri-TechE the membership of Oost NL strengthens further its international bridge building, as director Dr Belinda Clarke explains:
“By building links with centres of Agri-tech innovation worldwide we are creating mutually beneficial relationships. For early stage technology companies overseas expansion can be time-consuming and risky. By creating an environment where insiders introduce them to the ecosystem reduces these barriers. Our farmer members can also benefit from sharing best-practice and export opportunities.”
The Wageningen UR-Foodvalley Region in the Netherlands is a primary knowledge-intensive agrifood ecosystem, characterized by many world-class innovative agrifood and food-related solutions and by cooperation between companies, knowledge institutions, education, and governments. Remco continues: “In this area you will find the largest concentration of innovative agrifood organisations. The collaboration possibilities between organisations, the availability of talent and the presence of Wageningen University & Research, has made the region the ‘place to be’ for innovative agrifood companies.”
The East Netherlands has particular strengths in:
- Agtech and innovation: stimulated by Wageningen University and the ecosystem that’s in place to accelerate innovations
- AgriTech Solutions: the University Twente
- Poultry related industry: Barneveld is the poultry capital of the Netherlands
- Animal Feed: large feed companies like De Heus, Agrifirm and ForFarmers are present
- Veal industry and processing of meat and food
- Fruit growing industry: Betuwe
- Food logistics
- Alternative proteins: there is a large concentration of companies active in plant based/ alternative proteins / Meat replacers such as Vivera, Beyond Meat, Ojah, Unilever.
Meet Wageningen UR-Foodvalley Region organisations
Ahead of the REAP conference, REAP conference, Marloes will present an overview of East Netherlands and the agri sector and highlight the services available for British companies that are interested in European expansion.
The members of the delegation that will participate in the REAP conference will also be announced in due course.