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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Food and social inclusion
In this report we compare two initiatives from the city of Groningen that both work with food as a tool to reach an increased social inclusion. What do they have in common? How do they differ? And what can they learn from each other? The initiatives have been compared on organizational model, goals, partners involved, business model and lessons learned.
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100 % West-flemish
The Province of West Flanders has countless outstanding farm and regional products.
The 100% West-Flemish label gives recognition to honest, authentic and top-quality products from the region. INAGRO, POM West-Vlaanderen and UNIZO West-Vlaanderen have joined forces to develop this network.
In this way they are creating greater opportunities and economic strength for West-Flemish farms and regional producers. Around 230 producers have already become members.
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Locally produced in West – a resource
center for smaller regional food producers
in West
 Sweden
Locally produced in West (Lokalproducerat
i Väst) is a resource center for small-scale
food producers in Region Västra Götaland,
Sweden, who provides advice, coaches
with the objective to create growth and
employment in the region. From this
initiative a network of 300 food producers
has emerged. The only one of its kind in
Sweden.
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Iconic food production – branding of
local communities
Iconic food production is a production
that in market perception is linked to a location.
European Mediterranean countries for instance
have a very strong tradition of linking food
production to branding of regions and communities.
A district is defined as a producer with defined
qualities, reflecting not only the natural conditions
of the soil and land but also culture and traditions
in the district. Based on these traditions, an EU
regulation has been defined on protection of
geographical indications and designations of origin.
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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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logistics
An example of a collaborative solution
in West
Sweden
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undefined   Taste of West Sweden
An example of a concept to make visible
and develop the regional food culture.
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A concept that in short time has 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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