Author: Javier Casado
TRAFOON NETWORK SUPPORTS Small & Medium-Sized Enterprises
The TRAFOON initiative is running more than 45 training workshops to improve the transfer of knowledge on sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship for traditional food producing enterprises in Europe up until October 2016.
The EU funded TRAFOON & TRADEIT projects have a similar goal, that is to foster and support innovation and growth in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Whereas TRAFOON specifically addresses companies in the grain, fish, vegetables, mushrooms, olives and fruit sectors, TRADEIT focuses on dairy, meat and bakery. This article will outline the work of the TRAFOON project. To know more about TRADEIT you can click here.
Food production in Europe
Small scale traditional food producing enterprises in Europe are increasingly under pressure due to new developing markets, rising importance of retailers, stricter governmental regulations and so on. Most of these traditional foods are processed using local ingredients and poorly mechanized processes. Traditional products are, for the most part, locally known and are available at regional markets only. TRAFOON aims to ensure the growth and competitiveness of these food-producing enterprises by knowledge transfer and implementation of already existing innovations. Sustainable and innovative processes and technologies are key.
Training Workshops & Events
TRAFOON focuses on the preservation, protection, innovation and further development of traditional foods in Europe based on grains, fish, vegetables, mushrooms, olives and fruits. The workshops and events increase the communication, interaction and collaboration between traditional food producing enterprises and research institutions for the advantage of the small and medium-sized enterprises and the benefit of the regions of Europe and the European consumers. More than 30 training workshops SMEs and for food researchers have been carried out in 2015. Based on the feedback from the SMEs, a second round of training workshops will be held in 2016.
TRAFOON aims to ensure the growth and competitiveness of food-producing enterprises
TRAFOON Information Shop
All information gathered and implemented within the project is collected in different languages in an online 'Information Shop', which is freely available via the TRAFOON website (www.trafoon.org). For example, you can find information about how to use regional raw materials for improving traditional foods and how to market them.
Like TRADEIT, TRAFOON has developed a strategic research and innovation agenda (SRIA) for traditional food groups which will be communicated to policy & decision makers of the European Commission to influence future research-funding programs at European and national level. You have the opportunity to contribute to the SRIA until May 2016 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
All traditional food producing enterprises and food researchers are invited to take part in the workshops, contribute to the research agenda or join the TRAFOON network to stay up to date. If you have any comments, suggestions or questions regarding the TRAFOON project, email to email@example.com
The TRAFOON Project
TRAFOON stands for: Traditional Food Network to improve the transfer of knowledge for innovation.
For whom: Traditional food producing small and medium-sized enterprises across Europe, especially in the grains, fish, vegetables, mushrooms, olives and fruits sectors.
Objective: Supporting growth and increasing competitiveness of traditional food producing enterprises through a successful and sustainable technology and innovation transfer.
Reason: The often small-scale producers are nowadays facing the challenges of having to meet many existing European regulations, acquiring new knowledge on improved technological solutions related to their products and also preserving the tradition and the authenticity of their products.
How: Establishing a network, organization of training workshops and the development of the Online Information Shop. All are directed to improve the sharing of knowledge for innovation.
Areas of interest: Food processing, food quality, food safety, packaging, labeling, certifications and technical innovation.
When: From November 2013 to October 2016.
Funded by: European Union.
Partners: 30 European research institutions, technology transfer agencies and associations of small and medium-sized enterprises in 14 European countries: Germany, Netherlands, France, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Serbia and Slovenia.
Coordinator: Susanne Braun, University of Hohenheim, Germany.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch via the form below.