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LATVIAN HIGH ADDED VALUE AND HEALTHY FOOD CLUSTER (LFC)

 

LATVIAN HIGH ADDED VALUE AND HEALTHY FOOD CLUSTER is a registered membership association, one of the most developed and internationally active triple-helix niche food sector cluster organizations in the Baltic countries. 

 

The objective of the cluster is to facilitate the development and market uptake of high value added and healthy food & beverages products, to promote knowledge and technology transfer between cluster members, to develop and implement new projects and to help cluster members to internationalize their activities and find business and research partnerships abroad.

Cluster core members and network participants are companies focusing on healthy, high value added, organic and gourmet niche food and beverages production, public support organizations, universities and R&D institutions focusing their research activity in bio-economy areas. Currently cluster has 13 core members and more than 15 network participants. LFC is open organization and is inviting new members joining to the collaboration in the cluster.


Main priority focus areas of the cluster are: 

  • Product and technology development; 
  • Export promotion; 
  • Networking, training and knowledge transfer;
  • Internationalisation

 

Cluster holds a Bronze Label of the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI).

 

Vidzeme Planning Region (VPR) is one of the initiators and a founding member of the LFC and is also represented on a management board of the LFC. Since the 2010 VPR has actively supported the growth and development of the LFC and has implemented several international projects enhancing the LFC development. The development and strategic internationalisation of the LFC is defined among priority action areas in the Long-term development strategy 2030 and Development programme 2015-2020 of the Vidzeme planning region.

 

Cluster was initiated in 2010. Since 2011 it has been involved as a partner, associated partner or beneficiary in several international and interregional projects and is actively collaborating with other cluster organizations, networks, R&D organizations and science parks in Europe. LFC is a proven collaboration partner which has a member network of partners with various competences and business profiles. LFC is interested to develop joint projects with partners from other countries in such  areas as bio economy, food innovation, food waste to value, food packaging and design, food logistics, gourmet tourism.

 

Development and internationalization milestones of the LFC

  • 2010 - “Vidzeme high added value and healthy food cluster” initiated and established as a formalized regional triple helix network of participants on a basis of cooperation agreement. VPR acting as a manager and coordinator of the network.
  • 2011 - First cluster internationalization activities started by developing cooperation with other food sector cluster organizations in the Baltic Sea region.
  • 2012 - Cluster integrated in BSR Stars project: “BSR Food Cluster Network around the Baltic Sea (BSR FOOD)”; cluster received a strategic consultancy and training course on cluster development from one of the world’s leading experts in the field: Mr. Ifor Ffowcs Williams (CEO „Cluster Navigators”, New Zealand).
  • 2013 - Cluster started collaboration with the “Baltfood” (The Baltic Sea Region Food Cluster) network; cluster involved in the Leonardo da Vinci programme project: “Vidzeme ecologic beverage manufacturers' internship in France” (project implemented by VPR). 
  • 2014 -  Cluster network has grown up to more than 30 participants and partners. Decision to upgrade management and membership structure of the cluster and to transform it from formalized network to a registered membership association, is reached.
  • 2015 - Cluster formalized and established as a registered membership association “Latvian high added value and healthy food cluster”, managed by the Board (Board represented by three companies, one R&D institution and VPR. All three companies forming the board of the cluster (Aloja-Starkelsen, Ltd., Valmiermuižas Alus, Ltd., Felici, Ltd.) have been selected as finalists of Annual Swedish Business awards in Latvia)); Cluster involved in the BSR Innovation express project: “Enhancing market competitiveness in food SME’s-new methodologies and better interaction (EMCF)”; 
  • 2017 -  Development strategy for the Cluster was advanced with the help of expert consultancy by Mr. Erkki Pöytäniemi (Kurmakka - Organic Food OY, Finland) within 5FOREXCELLENCE project; Cluster represented in the “Spotlight Latvia” business conference in Chicago, U.S., by member company Aloja-Starkelsen Ltd.; Cluster implemented the BSR Innovation express project: “Cross-sectoral collaboration for efficient and sustainable food value chains in Baltic Sea Region (Pack &Food Baltic)”; Cluster entered in two international consortia, developing project applications within H2020 programme; Cluster involved as an associated partner in Interreg BSR 2014.-2020.programme flagship project “Rural RDI milieus in transition towards smart bio economy clusters and innovation ecosystems (RDI2CluB)

 

LFC core members and network participants


Core members:

ALOJA-STARKELSEN, Ltd.

www.aloja-starkelsen.lv

VIDZEME PLANNING REGION

www.vidzeme.lv

INSTITUTE OF AGRCULTURAL RESOURCES AND ECONOMICS

www.arei.lv

VALMIERMUIŽAS ALUS, Ltd.

www.valmiermuiza.lv

FELICI, Ltd.

www.muesligraci.com

KONSO, Ltd.

www.konso.lv

LAT EKO FOOD, Ltd.

www.latekofood.lv

VERY BERRY, Ltd.

www.veryberry.lv

DIMDIŅI, Ltd.

www.dimdini.lv

SKRĪVERU SALDUMI, Ltd.

www.skriverusaldumi.lv

RĀMKALNI NORDECO, Ltd.

www.ramkalni.lv

INSTITUTE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS

www.videsinstituts.lv

VIDZEME UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

www.va.lv

 

Cluster network participants:

Rīga Stradiņš University

TEYA, Ltd.

Perfecto, Ltd.

Farm “Ķelmēni”

Sula, Ltd.

Rozīne, Ltd.

Farm “Pīlādži”

Farm “Veckūkuri”

Farm “Gundegas”

NG Līnija, Ltd.

Smiltenes sidra darītava, Ltd.

Shpats & Sons, Ltd.

Farm “Jāņkalni”

Lejasvagaļu dārzs, Ltd.

Latvian Fruit-grower Association

Latvian Nutrition and Dietetics Association

 

How to become a member?

If an organization wishes to become a member of LFC, it must submit a simple application form to the Cluster board. If the Cluster Board accepts candidate organization as a cluster member, it will officially inform the organization of the decision and include it in the core-members database.

Core members are obliged to contribute a yearly membership fee and can participate in all cluster internal and international activities, events and projects and receive regular information and actively contribute to the cluster development.


Contact Information:

Legal Address:

Zinātnes iela 2, Priekuļi, Priekuļu pagasts, Priekuļu novads, LV- 4126, Latvia

Registration No.

40008233815

e-mail:

klasteris PIE arei PUNKTS lv

Cluster official on-line profile in the European Cluster Collaboration Platform:

 

https://www.clustercollaboration.eu/cluster-organisations/latvian-high-added-value-and-healthy-food-cluster

 

Cluster contact person in Vidzeme Planning Region:

 

Project manager/expert, LFC Board member, Kristaps Ročāns

e-mail: Kristaps.rocans PIE vidzeme PUNKTS lv

Phone: +371 29753011

 

Chairman of the LFC Board

Jānis Garančs (Managing director ALOJA-STARKELSEN, Ltd.)

e-mail: janis.garancs PIE culinar PUNKTS lv

phone: +371 29423847

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