Sweden Food Arena is a national arena where stakeholders within the food industry cooperate for an innovative, sustainable and competitive food sector. Together we are creating a world-class food chain.
The arena is the result of the Government’s food strategy, whose aim is to increase production, contribute to a competitive food chain, as well as increase employment, exports, innovation and profitability, while achieving the relevant environmental goals.
Stakeholders within the food industry are cooperating around research and innovation, for an innovative, sustainable, competitive and growing food sector.
There is great potential for the food sector in Sweden. The food sector is Sweden’s fourth largest industrial sector; however, increased cooperation between its stakeholders is needed. By establishing an arena in which areas such as research, development and innovation can be managed and strengthened by the industry, we are creating the conditions for a world-class Swedish food sector.
Today, Sweden Food Arena has around 50 signed partners throughout the food chain, from production to retail. We would like to sign more partners, therefore we welcome new stakeholders.
The arena has begun by identifying three areas where there is a need for research and innovation. These are:
Each area is currently working to define the area, in order to secure a desired location 2025-2030 and an action plan, along with possible actions and initiatives. The areas’ contents were presented in May 2018. It may be relevant to begin working with more areas in the future.
Our mission is to muster a world-class arena for a world-class food sector. The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth has been commissioned to support the establishment of the arena, with the mission being finalised on 30 June 2018. Launch of the venue took place in late May 2018.
During autumn 2018, work on establishing the arena will continue with the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth. From January 2019, Sweden Food Arena shall be entirely owned by the industry.
Anna Wikström, Project manager
Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth