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Innovative, healthy and safe food and drink products for the international markets

The Food from Finland program is participating in building a sustainable food industry in Finland. We help companies to grow their exports and international know-how.

About the Program

Food from Finland is proud to present Finnish food companies to international buyers in a multitude of ways and to boost Finland's image as a country producing high-quality food. We encourage companies to develop new innovations and to forge partnerships with research organizations.

Goals

The program focuses on the development and growth of the Finnish food industry and on the promotion of exports with branded products and services offering high added value. We help Finnish food-industry companies in gaining access to the rapidly changing international food markets by utilizing new innovation and business know-how and research that supports the sector's competitiveness.

  • Our aim is to double the value of Finnish food exports to 3 billion euros by 2025, and to increase the share of small companies in the international markets from 16% to 25%
  • Increasing the export know-how and internationalization of food companies
  • Enhancing the quality image of Finland and the awareness of Finnish food products in the target market
  • Boosting the cooperation and networking between the companies and other operators in the sector
  • Increasing the value added and commercialization of Finnish food products
  • Funding services for companies in the food and drink sector
  • Cooperation with universities and research organizations in Finland and abroad, especially in Asia
  • Creating 5,000 new jobs in the Finnish food sector.

Services

The Food from Finland program offers versatile services which are linked to all the themes of Business Finland and benefit the Finnish food companies in a completely novel way. Program operations include the supporting of food-sector ecosystems and food innovations especially aimed at consumers, expanding the know-how related to branding and international business operations, encouraging extensive cooperation and concrete and efficient promotion of exports in selected target markets. Export and internationalization services are tightly linked with Business Finland’s innovation funding.

  • Implementing shared stands in the most important international food-industry trade fairs for professionals
  • Meeting buyers both in the target markets and in Finland
  • Networking events and training and coaching days
  • Retail trade campaigns
  • Media events and visits
  • Funding: innovations, internationalization, enhancing know-how
  • Cooperation with universities and research organizations in Finland and abroad, especially in Asia

Food from Finland also implements targeted measures for a few product groups:

  • Alcohol products
  • Berries and other alcoholic beverages
  • Oat products in cooperation with Oat Cluster

The Food from Finland -program was started in 2014 and it is funded by both the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. We work in close cooperation with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Finnish Food Authority, Finnish Food and Drink Industries' Federation and several other operators in the sector.

Target groups

The program’s target group is the Finnish food and beverage manufacturers with a preference given to healthy, safe and innovative products. The program also serves the service providers of the food industry who work in close cooperation with the Finnish food industry, as well as other interest groups and partners in the ecosystems of food industry.

Target countries

Primary target markets

  • Nordic countries
  • Germany
  • East Asia: China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea

Other target markets

  • Other European countries, especially France
  • Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
  • South Africa
  • Singapore
  • United States
  • Russia

Join in

Program services are available to all food companies and, except for trade fair events, the services are free of charge. Do you wish to become a member in the program? Do you wish to subscribe to a mailing list for food manufacturers and receive invitations to all our events? Please contact Hanna-Kaisa Erkkilä at hanna.kaisa (at) businessfinland.fi.

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Contact us

Head of Food program
Esa Wrang
+358 400 243 076
Senior advisor, Manager
Annaleena Soult
+358 40 343 3447
Project Manager
Tiina Luoma
+358 50 464 3385
Program Coordinator
Hanna-Kaisa Erkkilä
+358 50 4644 292
Senior Advisor, China
Cuilu Fan
+358 50 569 2591
Innovation funding
Kari Venäläinen
+358 40 722 1632
Innovation funding
Pirjo Hakanpää
+358 44 712 4136

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