The first SUAFRI-EPC Technology transfer course was organised on 29 September-3 October 2014 in Aarhus, Denmark. As a part of this course Dianova Ltd. arranged the Site Visits to the Leading European Agri-Food R&D organisations.

No coincidence, Aarhus was chosen as the venue for the first TT course and Site Visits. Aarhus is located in the Central Denmark region, which is known as Danish Agri-food innovation technology forefront. We have carefully selected large (ARLA Foods), middle-sized (ISIS), small (ISI Food Protection, Consumer Insight) and spin-off (Aros Applied Technology) companies to highlight the diversity of the innovation scale in food industry in Central Denmark region. We asked invited speakers to tell about their experiences in product innovation, research commercialization and research-industry interaction. For example, at ARLA Foods – the largest Danish dairy producer – we visited the Strategic Innovation Center, which supplies innovative ideas and products to ARLA’s factories worldwide. ISIS is a perfect example of a company with a history of developing a range of quality products that are innovative in themselves.


Carl Bjarne Mikkelsen – Innovation Manager at ISIS – speaks about his company success in food innovation.

We also wanted to introduce the participants to clustering activities (Danish Food Cluster, Agro Food Park, INCUBA) and to public-private cooperation in food industry (Department of Food Science at Aarhus University; SMARTDETECT project) in the Central Denmark region.

Judging by the lively discussions of the participants on the way back from the site visits, we trust that this event was inspiring and valuable for them in terms of networking and ideas for their daily work and new projects.

 Lone Ryg Olsen,CEO at Danish Food Cluster (DFC) introduces the idea and strategy behind the DFC.


Participants of the SUAFRI-EPC site visits at INCUBA Skejby – University Science Park. 


About Dianova Ltd.

Dianova Ltd. represents the commercial and innovative interests of the National Food Institute and National Veterinary Institute, Technical University of Denmark, and cooperates with other DTU institutes and external partners in R&D projects. More at

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 609553.