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High delegation from Japan visits Food Valley NL

Published: 23-01-2015

Thursday January 15, Food Valley NL welcomed a Japanese trade delegation led by Dasher Yamagiwa, the Japanese Vice-Minister of Economic Affairs, Trade and Industry. The Vice-Minister was, amongst others, accompanied by representatives of his ministry, representatives of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and six companies. The meeting was organized at  KeyGene in Wageningen.

Arjen van Tunen, CEO of KeyGene and member of the board of Food Valley NL, explained how the Dutch Agrofood business cooperates with research institutes such as Wageningen UR, state university Groningen and TNO to achieve successful innovations. Four companies, KeyGene, NSure, Dutch Sprouts and Newtricious introduced their innovative technologies. Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research presented an overview of the agrofood and logistic issues the research institute is currently working on and the international partnerships.

The Japanese Vice-Minister showed much interest in the different innovations that were presented. He mentioned that he would like to see a follow up of this introduction, for instance by arranging match-making meetings and seminars. The representatives of Japanese banks invited the people present to seek direct contact. The Dutch speakers as well as the Japanese people present emphasized the importance of personal acquaintance.