Collaborative agri-food innovation with Valorial

Looking to fast track your innovation process? Take a taste of Valorial!

Based in the heart of Europe’s leading agri-food area, Valorial is an agri-food competitiveness cluster catering for north-west France. Valorial’s scope extends across the 3 regions – Brittany, Pays de la Loire and Normandy – and brings together 360 industrial firms, research centres and higher education establishments, to focus on developing smarter food.

Our core purpose

To identify, set up and support innovative, collaborative R&D projects, in 5 cross-cutting areas of excellence:

  • Food, nutrition & health
  • Food quality & safety
  • Manufacturing, processing & preservation technologies
  • Functional ingredients
  • Agricultural and agri-food marketing

Our chain of personalised services:
from idea to market, pick and mix from our menu

  • Consultancy services for project set-up, including European projects
  • Consultancy on innovation strategy and management
  • Specialised intelligence: “Science  &  technologies”, “Food trends”, “Nutrition & health”, “Focal points & thematic zooms”
  • Search for partners
  • Financial analysis & planning
  • Project management assistance
  • Networking
  • Promotion/communication

Our missions

  • Making smarter food a unifying value: healthy, responsible, convenient, connected, personalised
  • Connecting businesses and research partners
  • Stimulating and facilitating the emergence of collaborative projects
  • Building and managing a community committed to smart foods

Our strengths

  • A stakeholder community with a shared commitment to strong, consistent values
  • A legitimacy based on the region’s specificities and recognised expertise
  • A recognised identity built on successful projects

For whom? Guests at the table

> All agri-food companies and players, from production to consumption, from micro-businesses to multinationals, not forgetting start-ups:

  • Manufacturers of foods, ingredients, consumer food products
  •  Equipment suppliers
  •  Packaging industry

> Public & private innovation partners

What’s in the pot?

The projects approved by Valorial receive public co-funding.
The technical development of each project draws on the skills of the Valorial team and thematic experts from our support network: ADRIA Développement, Breizpack, CBB Capbiotek, CEVA, CTCPA, ID2Santé, IDmer, Vegenov, Zoopôle Développement.

We’ll provide the right ingredients, you invent the recipe!


Panorama of the agri-food industries in the French regions : key figures

Brittany (2016)
Interactive maps : agri-food in Brittany (2018/2020)

Normandy (2016)

Pays de la Loire (2016)


Valorial in numbers

A network & community of 800+ organisations and 3,500 innovation players
205 innovation projects completed
900 industry partners and researchers involved in projects
86 % of industry projects funded
€3.8 billion projected total revenue and 1,400+ new jobs projected for projects approved since 2014
 participants at events organised by Valorial in 2018



including 2/3 in industry


Innovation projects

supported by the cluster since its creation in 2006

708 M

Invested in R&D

by 31/12/2018

3500 +

Innovation players

& potential partners

La dream team

A team who really know their onions! With complementary profiles and experiences, they are committed to offering you a top quality service tailored to your innovation challenges.

Équipe Valorial Experts thématiques Gouvernance

Sharing our values!

These values have been part of Valorial’s DNA ever since its inception and we apply them on a daily basis.
Let’s share them!


#AttentiveListening #Participation #Support #Stakeholders #Proximity #Understanding #Needs


#Stimulation #Interdisciplinarity #BeyondBoundaries #New #Intelligence #Collaborative


#Security #Visibility #EconomicGains #SeekingFunding


#Humour #Sharing #Goodwill #MeetNewPeople

Smarter food

#Healthy #Responsible #Connected #Convenient #Personalised