Latvian Food Bioeconomy cluster

Latvian Food Bioeconomy cluster

Latvian High Added value and healthy food cluster (In transformation process to becoming Latvian Food Bioeconomy cluster) is established as a network in 2010, current legal status formalized and cluster as a membership organization established in 2015.

Cluster facilitates the development and market uptake of high value added and healthy food & beverages products, promotes knowledge and technology transfer between cluster members, develops and implements new projects and helps 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.

Main priority focus areas of the cluster are:

Cluster companies have strong knowhow in craft, organic, natural, high added value and healthy food and beverages product development, production and export. SMEs and R&D members have developed strong knowledge in the fields of plant-based products (vegetables, fruits and berries, medicinal and aromatic plants, plant-based proteins, plants and crop selection, plant genetics) and are increasing the use and valorization of valuable production side-streams.

Regional Smart Specialisation Strategy in Bioeconomy

Priorities of Latvia national Bioeconomy Strategy (LIBRA) 2030 (adopted in 2017) are investments in research, innovations, and skills; reinforced policy interaction and stakeholder engagement; enhancement of markets and competitiveness in bioeconomy; stimulation of sustainable, efficient, and “green” economy. LIBRA is a long-term strategy for Latvia RIS3 direction “Knowledge-intensive bioeconomy”. This strategy outlines the development objectives, directions, and conceptual measures of bioeconomy. Strategy implementation is coordinated by the Ministry if Agriculture. In the Vidzeme Region Sustainable Development strategy 2030 and Vidzeme Development Programme 2015-2020 Vidzeme planning region has outlined a regional smart specialization areas corresponding to the nationally defined RSI3 area ” Knowledge-intensive bioeconomy”: High added value wood-based products; Healthy food and beverages production; Biomass usage for energy and chemical conversion.

Member organisations

Core members:

Public sector organization:

Companies:

R&D organizations:

Institute of Agricultural Resources and Economics

Institute of Horticulture

+ 15 Associated partners in the cluster network (SMEs and University)