Joep Koene - Articles and news items

The FINE Action Programme

Issue 1 2007, Past issues  •  7 March 2007  •  Giorgia Valli (Aster s.cons.p.a.), Alessandra Folli (Centuria-RIT), Linze Rijswijk, Joep Koene (Development Agency East Netherlands)

Having outlined the origins and aims of the Food Innovations Network Europe (FINE) in the latest issue of New Food, you can now read about the group’s Action Programme and plans for cooperation to achieve their goals.

Reinforcing innovation clusters in the European food industr­y

Issue 4 2006, Past issues  •  6 November 2006  •  Bert Vermeire, Xavier Gellynck, Ghent University and Joep Koene, Development Agency East Netherlands NV

Until recently, the food industry was considered to be a traditional industrial sector with a low capacity for innovation, mainly due to the ‘basic’ character of food products. However, the globalisation of the food market in addition to changing consumer preferences profoundly affects the food sector. Nowadays, innovation is put forward as the main instrument to generate added value and to stay competitive within the fast evolving global food market. Innovation also plays a central role in European policy, put forward in the Lisbon Agenda (2000) setting the objective of becoming the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, with innovation as the key instrument.


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