JUNE 9th, 2016


The First Congress of Bioeconomy, Food and Future 'Food & Future', organized by Cajamar, in collaboration with the Association of Science and Technology Parks of Spain and the Science and Technology Park of Almería, and sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural development, will be held on June 16 in the Pythagoras building
Convert the Spanish food industry in a global benchmark for sustainable economy is the main objective of the First Congress of Bioeconomy, Food and Future 'Food & Future', to be held in the Science and Technology Park of Almería (PITA) on 16 June. Cajamar Caja Rural, together with the Association of Science and Technology Parks of Spain (APTE), the PITA and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development have joined efforts to sensitize the food industry on the competitive advantages of introducing a new economic model based on bioeconomy, ie the intelligent management of sustainability.
The choice of Almeria to host 'Food & Future' is no coincidence. The existence of a powerful business network around the intensive production of fruits and vegetables makes the province the ideal place to apply the criteria of the bio-economy. This has been explained during the press conference on the occasion of the celebration of the event in Cajamar Gate Building in Almeria Purchena of capital, which participated Roberto García Torrente, director of Cajamar Agri-Food Business Group; Soledad Diaz Campos, director-manager of APTE; and Grace Moya Fernández, president of PITA and government delegate of the Government of Andalusia.
Innovation for sustainable development
Bioeconomics commitment intensive production model in innovation and technology, low emissions, which makes it possible to meet continued demand for resources of agricultural and industrial activity, ensuring food safety and responsible use of renewable biological material that we have in our planet, biodiversity and environmental protection. A model that is already a reality in the European Union, which generates a turnover exceeding two billion euros and employs more than 22 million people in the energy food industry, chemistry, biotechnology and annually.
As it stated Roberto García Torrente during the meeting with the media: "The competitiveness of the agri-food sector depends increasingly on its capacity for innovation in all stages of production, in the sense that defend the principles of the bio-economy. Efficiency in crop development, recovery of by-products and the development of new food offers new possibilities to generate greater value in a more sustainable manner. By holding this event, we want to make an approach to the new opportunities that these approaches for the food industry are presented, as well as to know the vision and support lines of the European Union for projects related to the bioeconomy ".
For its part, the director-manager of APTE, Soledad Diaz, said that "in science and technology parks around 250 companies engaged in agribusiness and biotechnology currently exist; therefore to APTE, holding this congress, which carries with presentations by high-level investment forum and B2B meetings is a great opportunity to boost and enhance the competitiveness in this sector. "
The future of the agri-food sector through promoting research and innovation to win quality, sustainability and competitiveness. In this sense, from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development have highlighted the progress made in Andalusia in projects related to bio-economy and circular economy for the use of biomass, the development of machinery, new seed varieties, biological control pests and use of robotics.
The Government delegate, Grace Fernandez, stressed that, despite the progress made in recent years, there is still a long way to go: "We have great challenges ahead, which are strategic for our sector as improving efficiency sustainable use of resources, especially water and energy through measures of adaptation to climate change, reconciling the demands of society. We are aware of the need to increase public funding for research and innovation in bioeconomy; therefore, from the Andalusian Administration we will work on achieving European resources, as well as other complementary to move forward ".
A comprehensive program with investment forums, business meetings and analysis of successful cases
On Thursday June 16 the 'Pythagoras', home of the PITA, building host over 200 delegates, researchers and professionals and managers inside and outside Spain. This I Bioeconomics Global Congress will be inaugurated by Eduardo Baamonde, president of Cajamar; Felipe Romera, president of APTE; and Maria del Carmen Ortiz, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the Government of Andalusia. Then internationally recognized experts will discuss the mechanisms for the development of new products and services based on renewable raw materials processes and sustainable use of biomass as strategies for the food industry to improve its competitiveness in the immediate future led by the bioeconomy.
The analysis of new trends in consumer behavior have a specific weight in the program 'Food & Future'. David Martínez Roig develop his talk about strategies for success in the launch of new food products. His presentation will be complemented by several success stories to be released at the roundtable with the participation of innovative companies, as well as the Institute of Food Engineering for Development. Moderation will be borne by M. Carmen Galera, manager of Tecnova Technology Centre.
Strategies for designing a new economic model beyond oil and the challenge of developing new forms of sustainable energy will focus the presentation that will provide Enrique Soria, technical director of the National Renewable Energy Centre. The energy future will also include the views and experiences of representatives of Metanogenia, Planet Energy and Innovalclima, companies that participate in the subsequent round table, moderated by Julian White, deputy director of the Plataforma Solar de Almeria.
There will also be an environment to host bilateral meetings between attendees and the development of new trade relationships based on entrepreneurship, innovation, technology, growth and internationalization. During the afternoon session it is planned holding a block of B2B meetings with 13 companies that will generate twenty meetings.

In addition, on the eve of the Congress, on Wednesday 15, it has organized the first Investment Forum Agrifood held in Spain, with the participation of five projects selected from more than 50 startups across the country, with the aim of facilitating and encourage the search for capital to entrepreneurs in the sector through a first contact with investors reference local and national level, which enables medium future strategic alliances among participants.




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