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Spain. The Ebro Food Valley project is starting

Plan for the digital and sustainable transformation of food sector

Initiative led by Cnta; 12 companies already involved, of which 5 are SMEs

Sent the proposal for the start of the Ebro Food Valley project, which aims to use the funds within the European Next Generation program, to transform the agri-food sector and make it more competitive, more modern, more digital, more sustainable and more resilient, increasing research and development activities. The project aims to achieve a zero-impact food system by 2050 capable of providing healthy, safe, innovative, sustainable and accessible food to the entire Spanish population, in line with the EU strategy "From Farm to Table", to making the sector increasingly competitive.

The initiative, led and coordinated by the CNTA (Centro Nacional de Tecnología y Seguridad Alimentaria - Laboratorio del Ebro), has the support of the administration of Navarra, La Rioja and Aragón, as well as a consortium composed of 12 companies that carry out their activities in the food supply chain, of which 5 (+40%) are SMEs: Grupo Empresarial Palacios Alimentación, Conservas Cidacos, Conservas Lazaya Frutas y Dulces, Dulces y conservas Helios, General Mills, Grupo An, Grupo Cofrico, Grupo Empresarial Florette Ibérica, Huercasa 5ª Gama, Iberfruta Muerza, Nulab and Viuda de Cayo.

Cnta held, today, an information session addressed to all partners of the technology center, to extend participation in the project to other companies in the sector. "The project proposes an ambitious action plan that implies the creation of a model of digital and sustainable transformation of the food industry aligned with all European, national and regional policies, as well as with the needs of the entrepreneurial fabric of the food supply chain and especially with the Spanish government's 'Spain Can' recovery, transformation and resilience plan. This model is based on 5 points that affect the entire value chain of the sector: sustainable primary production, guaranteeing a healthy, safe, sustainable food supply and accessible, modernization and digitization of the value chain, efficient use of resources and circular economy, reduction and reuse of waste”, explains the technology center.

Each of the participating companies implements its own individual transformation plan, so that the actors involved act as a test bench to validate and improve a standard model that can be extended to the entire national and international agri-food chain. The project also provides for the creation of an innovation and transformation hub that allows the transfer of all the notions learned and innovations developed to the entire food industry and other agents involved, in particular SMEs. The Hub will be coordinated by CNTA and the administration of Navarra and with the participation of La Rioja and Aragón.

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