Scandinavian benchmark to imagine the agri-food factory and the farm of the future

16 December 2016
The delegation of the 17 participants (industrial, service companies and animation structures), including 12 Valorial members, participated from 3 to 7 October 2016 in the mission “Farm and agro-food factory of the future” Denmark and Sweden, represented the whole agri-food chain, each bringing its expert view to the benefit of all.
The rich program of meetings and visits, co-built by the Valorial and Business France teams, illustrated initiatives and good practices from our European neighbors, enabling us to imagine new production models, in particular by better integrating the industry Agri-food industry in its environment, engaging it in societal issues and enhancing the value of all co-products. Our interlocutors (industrialists, suppliers and processors, technical centers, institutions) were unveiled to allow us to re-imagine “The agri-food of tomorrow”. Thank you to all those who made the richness of this mission !
Denmark and Sweden
Despite their geographical proximity and the existence of specific trade agreements, Denmark and Sweden are two Scandinavian countries marked by cultural differences :
- Denmark, small European country, owes its international competitiveness in the food industry, especially around streams meat and fish, at a push exploitation of primary resources and co-products, the integration of its strengths in R & D and innovation around a central location : the Agrofoodpark in Aarhus where the startups coexist with R & D centers of international actors such as Danish Krown and Arla, but also an incredible commercial dynamic.
- Sweden, the third country in Europe area, sparsely populated, has adapted to the natural constraints by implementing innovative initiatives : circular economy or integrated ecosystems, supported by local authorities, which mingle environment, industry , Innovation and tourism, but also the desire to give confidence to consumers by highlighting local productions, the ethical mobile slaughterhouse, numerous labels on food products in large retailers (Bio, nutrition, clean label …). Sweden’s ambition is to become a world leader in gastronomy. It is also the market for new technologies and new trends. :
Some examples of Denmark and Sweden to imagine the agri-food of the future :
Think internationally to maximize the value of resources
The weight of organic and natural to give consumers confidence
Coexistence of meat and vegetarian products on the shelves :
A reflection of a strong trend towards flexitarism.


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Valérie Beauvois