As part of the Marshall Plan, the Walloon Region defined 5 priority areas which correspond to particular activities which are developing globally and in which a number of successful Walloon companies and research centres specialise. In order to improve competitiveness in the region in these sectors, it has created centres of excellence which bring together businesses, training centres and public and private research organisations who are keen to get involved in collaborative high added value projects.
WagrALIM, dedicated to the food industry, is one of these centres of excellence.
The Cluster's goals involve improving competition between companies in the food industry, and boosting business and employment in the sector by
- bringing manufacturers together
- developing the spirit of innovation with products and technology whose qualities meet the needs of the customer and the market
- improving the profitability of networks by encouraging people to work together and nurture sustainability
- increasing production capacity and the size of businesses by enhancing their place in growing markets and extending their sales skills and capacities.
To achieve the goals that have been set, manufacturers in the sector have defined 4 priority development areas which are health foods, innovative production and conservation technology, bio-packaging, and the development of durable food industry networks.
All this in close collaboration with businesses and partners of the WagrALIM Cluster.