FoodNet Final Conference

Palais des Congrès de Liège

Food in Eco Network – internationalization and global competitiveness of European SMEs in Food and Eco Logistics Sector.

Are you representing food or eco-logistics cluster/business organization? Are you interested in going international? We would like to kindly invite you to : FoodNet Final Conference!

It will take place on 27th November 2019 in Belgium, Palais des Congrès de Liège.

The general theme of the conference is : "How can food and logistics companies work together to conquer new markets?” and it has been joined together with the Riverdating (27th – 28th of November) - a business event with customized meetings dedicated to innovative inland waterway and multimodal transport solutions.

Visit the website of FoodNet : to learn how to register.

Here is the conference agenda



What ?

(*other speakers to be confirmed)



Welcome of participants and welcome breakfast



Welcome speech by officials


Sophie Houtmeyers, Chairwoman Logistics in Wallonia





Workshop 1 : “The FoodNet project : a combination of food and logistic companies to tackle new market opportunities”

  • Objectives
  • Working method


Agnieszka Kowalska, LODZistics (Poland)


Workshop 2 : “FoodNet : a consortium with complementary competences : presentation of partners and key learnings from FoodNet project”

  • Expectations
  • Results and prospects


  • Agnieszka Kowalska, LODZistics (Poland)
  • Felix Arion,  Agro Transilvania Cluster (Romania)
  • Victoria Cruz, Coexphal – Association of Fruit and Vegetable Producer Organisations of Almeria (Spain)
  • Irīna Kulitāne, Mg.oec., Mg.paed. Latvia Logistics Association expert, Latvian High Added Value and Healthy Food Cluster founder and developer, chairperson of “Konso”, Ltd (Latvia)
  • Bernard Piette, Logistics in Wallonia (Belgium)



Coffee break




Workshop 3 : “The challenges of export for food companies outside of EU : the example of Canada, USA, Middle East and China”


  • Guna Miskarova, MBA, Managing Director, Baltic Business Centre, Food Safety Expert, Lead Auditor (Latvia)
  • Prof. Rezhen Harun, General Director of Youth and Agriculture - Deputy Primeminister of Kurdistan Region - Iraq and Head of Department of Agribusiness and Rural Development, College of Agricultural Science Engineering of the University of Sulaimani (Iraq)
  • Philippe Mairlot, Company Magemar active in trade and logistics on the Chinese market (Belgium)
  • Pierre Heymans, Food Expert at the Walloon Export Agency (Belgium)






Workshop 4 with panel discussion : “Metaclusters in Europe : what are the key success factors of metaclusters ? How to measure the success of clusters and metaclusters ?” (experience, expectations of companies, KPI’s) “


  • Expert from the Laser-Go metacluster 
  • Dr. Biana Muntean, director of Translvania IT Cluster. Awarded by the European Commission as "EU Cluster Manager of the Year 2019", President of North Transylvanian Cluster Consortium (Romania) 
  • Cristiano Almeida, Associate Professor at the University of Goias (Brazil)



Workshop 5 : “How can logistic companies support food companies in their export strategies ?”


  • Normunds Krūmiņš, Board Chairman, Latvia Logistics Association
  • Gauthier Morel, General Manager, STEF Belgium


Coffee break




Workshop 6 : “Service proposal and strategic implementation roadmap for FoodNet – how to create a sustainable metacluster ? : services, projects to be developed, target countries “


  • Bernard Piette, Logistics in Wallonia (Belgium)


Wrap up and conclusions




Closing drink




Social event with the Riverdating participants




FOODNET Final Conference will provide an excellent opportunity for all entities - especially companies, clusters and others - interested in more sustainable supply chains of food industry, food market and logistics processes.

During the conference lessons learnt, key success factors and outcomes of FOODNET project will be presented. Knowledge will be also shared on food export challenges outside the EU and support from logistic companies to food companies in their export strategies.

Moreover, in the evening of 27th November a social event with the Riverdating participants is planned so business contacts and knowledge sharing can be continued and FOODNET conference participants can expand their network of clients, suppliers and logistics partners.

Project coordinator : Agnieszka Kowalska

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