Regional organization in a cooperative structure

The REFRAME project aims at establishing regional cooperative arrangements between regional suppliers and large scale consumers (public and corporate) to provide for a sizable regional B2B food market. Below you find a number of best practises from our five participating pilot regions.

 

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The Regional Cooperative of Zuidwest Drenthe
(GCZWD) is based in the province of Drenthe,
in the northern region of the Netherlands.
Our aim is to further develop the area we live and
work in and make use of new opportunities by
bringing local entrepreneurs, education and
authorities together.
Cooperation leads to a greater understanding of
each other and our motivations.

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Cooperatives East-Flanders

In the East of Flanders (Belgium), already
three cooperatives have been established,
Mmm...eetjesland, Smaak van Waas and
Vlapas, in which producers unite in a
cooperative collaboration.Within these local
initiatives between regional producers
experiences are exchanged and their products
are bundled, making local products
more accessible to the consumer.

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Food teams

'Voedselteams' or Food teams is a group of active producers and consumers working together. Their aim is to promote small-scale, sustainable agriculture and horticulture and to develop local economies. They want to take on a pioneering role in the field of short-chain supply and alternative business operations, to make these short-chain products accessible and attractive to a broad public.

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Dutch Cuisine

The Municipality of Groningen stimulates the use of regional products in restaurant meals and by catering companies, by promoting the label ‘Dutch Cuisine’. The label helps SME's such as restaurants and catering companies to highlight their commitment to regional cuisine, including regionally sustainable produced food.

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Strategic alliances between food SME's and speciality food retail shops

Development in the food landscape in Denmark takes two directions. One is industrialised food production growing ever larger and developing into multinational and highly specialised companies transporting ingredients for processing over ever greater distances. The other is the development of food SME’s. These are often established by individuals driven by an idea, developing new products, producing food in new ways, or creating new business models.

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FOODMATRIX 

FOODMATRIX is a combined distribution logistiscs, web-shop and marketing platform allowing at the same time:

• the presentation of unique qualities and/or local identity of food commodities, 
• distribution within 24 hours from a producer in any part of Denmark to customers and consumers in every part of Denmark,
 
• the development of co-operation (cohesion) within and among local food networks, as well as
 
• economic sustainability of the services of local food networks.
 

Offering a direct link between producers and consumers, FOODMATRIX is a novel business model for food SME’s and a facilitator of consumer driven innovation in the food landscape.

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Food networks in Denmark - A bottom-up approach to local food frames

Local food networks were established in the 2000’s in most parts of Denmark. The food networks were instrumental in developing local identity and local infrastructures for food production, marketing and profiling of the location. The ‘Taste of Denmark’ (Smagen af Danmark) seeks within the context of REFRAME to stimulate bottom-up food networks in Denmark.

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Regional cooperative food network in West-Flanders

An example of a regional cooperative food network between local producers and institutional kitchens. In this pilot, we want to adress consumers of the institutional kitchens of Boeverbos, Sint-Bernardus and ViVES Kortrijk, as they have a large impact on the society. 
By bringing the local products to the institutional kitchens, the SME’s can increase their turnover. 

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An example of a corporate policy that favours regional food production and short supply chains.

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An example of a collaborative solution in West Sweden

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An example of a concept to make visible and develop the regional food culture.

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A concept that in short time have become a popular way for the producer and consumer to meet. At the same time they are creating a network and logistical system for locally produced foods, using social media.

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The Grain Republic - Back to the Grain

The Municipality of Groningen has helped the SME collective Graanrepubliek to connect with regional demand in general and with regional innovative food related SMEs in particular. These contacts materialized in collaborations on the growing and processing of old types and special grain varieties. 

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De Streekkantine (Canteen with regional products)
The Municipality of Groningen has introduced the concept of the ‘Streekkantine’ a canteen for employees of the municipality with regional products, procured from regional SMEs.Streekkantine organizes and customizes the delivery and billing of local food in the largest canteen of the municipality. For the local government it is not only important to procure food from regional SMEs but also to present our food policy to our employees: “Practice what you preach” helps us with the ongoing debate on how to foster an innovative, sustainable and healthy regional food policy.

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