Agri-food and health
If you are ready to take up the new challenges linked to demographic, sociological or even technology developments, the BEP can support you. We are here to help businesses operating in the agri-food and health sectors which stand out thanks to their involvement in the development of short food circuits or innovative niche products/services.
Food is Life incubator in Sambreville
Intended to drive forward spin-offs and start-ups operating in the agri-food sector and originating in French-speaking universities, Food is Life comprises office space and four workshops, each covering 200 m2, designed to welcome activities specific to the agri-food sector.
Smart Gastronomy Lab
The Gembloux Smart Gastronomy Lab aims to test services, tools or new uses in the agri-food sector, in partnership with universities, public partners, businesses, associations, individuals and perhaps you, as well.
Crealys® is the Province of Namur’s science park. A number of well-known companies have already established a base here, including GSK, THT, Aseptic Technologies, Medinbio, Coris BioConcept, iStar Medical, Cardiatis, and others. These companies operate in the fields of food, health, services for people, and new techniques and technologies.
Ciney business park
The Ciney business park is growing and is to target more specifically businesses in the agri-food sector to meet an ever-growing demand. A number of players have already established a base here:
- Ciney indoor market, Europe’s largest cattle market,
- a number of abattoirs and cutting workshops,
- the Association wallonne de l’élevage (Walloon stockbreeding association),
- Arsia, a veterinary laboratory,
- the highly renowned Paulus Catering firm, with experience built up over 35 years,
- a number of businesses involved in modifying consumption habits or that supply stockbreeding equipment and veterinary medicine instruments.
Would you like to develop a short-circuit activity in the agri-food sector? The BEP can offer you a specially trained business coach to develop your activity. Local food circuits are more than just a fashion: they meet a real need by targeting a local market and using specific distribution channels. The BEP also supports projects in the study phase involving shared workshops, equipment pooling, shared logistics/distribution centres and incubators for project leaders (market gardening, dairy products, etc.), as well as support services for agri-food businesses.
And to make Wallonia competitive in this field, a cluster dedicated solely to this competiveness has been created: Wagralim. It is established in the Crealys® park and works in four fields:
- health foods/nutritional quality,
- industrial efficiency,
- development of sustainable networks in the agri-industry.
For example, if your firm is trying to develop a revolutionary ingredient for health, Wagralim is there for you.
Smart Gastronomy Lab
The BEP is also a partner of the Smart Gastronomy Lab in Gembloux, which aims to subject new services, tools or uses to advanced, precise tests in the food sector.
The people of Namur are young and fresh (but not inexperienced): 30 % of the population is under 25 and our training facilities are of the highest quality. The Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech faculty trains bio-engineers at the cutting edge of sustainable development and green innovation, agronomic sciences and organic engineering.
Saint-Quentin’s school in Ciney
Saint-Quentin’s school in Ciney trains future workers in the fields of agriculture, horticulture, mechanics, the environment and natural and agronomic sciences.
Walloon Agricultural Research Centre
Namur is also home to the Walloon Agricultural Research Centre, which covers the agricultural, horticultural and forest sectors as well as the agri-industries and environmental sciences.
For businesses in the food and agri-industrial sectors, there is a technological support platform closely linked to the Wagralim cluster known as Wal-Piasa, which includes the Food is Life incubator. This platform brings together researchers and universities so as to make their expertise accessible if you wish.
Tomorrow looks bright, when you prepare it today. To do this, the people of Namur are constantly improving their agronomy skills via the Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech faculty and its agronomic research centre, CURAG, which focuses on plants and the vegetable world in general. And to rank among the best in Europe, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech has a research centre that is unique in Belgium. Terra consists of support centres for education and research based on three areas of expertise:
- Agriculture is Life
- Environment is Life
- Food is Life.
Several research units at Namur University are also dedicated to the field of health and life sciences.
A few companies already established in Namur: the Association wallonne de l’élevage (AWE), Mondelez, GSK, Puratos, Materne, Coris BioConcept, Bister, Père Olive, etc.