The European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS 2020) recently classified Portugal as a ‘strongly innovative’ country. Analysts place Portugal above the European average in the categories of innovation-friendly environment, innovation systems, and business innovation. These results are the outcome of Portuguese companies’ firm commitment to R&D, as well as a collaborative working framework in which the private sector has cooperated with the public sector for decades on development programmes.
The strong Portuguese agri-food sector is a prime example of this innovative spirit. Its proactive nature is reflected in consistent export growth and numerous initiatives aimed at maintaining the Portuguese food industry in a prominent position worldwide. “Technological evolution has been promoted through the dissemination of information and initiatives that raise awareness, foster empowerment, and facilitate the implementation of digitization solutions by national agri-food companies,” declared Amândio Santos, the president of PortugalFoods.
The Digital Agrifood Summit Portugal, to be held as an online event on 20-23 January 2021, is one of these pioneering projects. The event was created by the associations of Portugal Foods, Portugal Fresh, Inovcluster and Agrocluster do Ribatejo, which together make up the Portuguese Agrofood Cluster.
The forum will serve as a showcase and meeting point for dozens of Portuguese companies and hundreds of international buyers. Fruit and vegetables, fish and canned goods, meat and charcuterie, quality oils, wines and spirits, confectionary and other gourmet products, are just some of the Portuguese products that will be showcased at the event. Buyers interested in taking part in the Digital Agrifood Summit Portugal can now register free of charge here: https://bit.ly/DASP2021