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Successful Food Digitisation

at the eFoodChain Final Conference

Paris has welcomed the final Conference of the eFoodChain Initiative, under the motto “FOOD IS GOING DIGITAL – What about you?”. For one day, over 120 stakeholders from the agri-food sector (mainly fresh fruits and vegetables, cereals and dairy sectors) followed a very interesting programme prepared for this closing event. Participants have been presented with the outcomes of the eFoodChain initiative, and in particular the results of the successful case studies from the eFoodChain Reference Framework implementation were discussed – with clear benefits showcased directly by their actors.

The success of this initiative and its outcomes are guaranteed to last beyond this event, to be further sustained by the eFoodChain Group (industry led), whose establishment was celebrated in Paris by signing of the Memorandum of Understanding.

All presentations and videos will be available soon, and in the meantime the presentation and debate on eFoodChain results continues during the SmartAgriMatics 2014 conference also held in Paris (18-19 June).

On behalf of the eFoodChain partners, we thank all participants.





Register now for the eFoodChain Final Project Conference

Registration is now open for the eFoodChain Final Project Conference, taking place on the 17th of June 2014 in Paris. The one day event will bring 250 players from the agro-food sector across Europe, including SME representatives, cooperatives, sector organisations, multipliers, and representatives of the academic community, standardisation bodies, eBusiness consultants and ICT suppliers.

The main topic of the conference will be “Stimulating innovation in the food supply-chain through smart use of ICT” and it will showcase the results achieved by the eFoodChain project, including the success stories from first implementations of its Reference Framework under the Innovators &Early Adopters Programme.

Participation in the conference is free of charge, but with limited number of 
places. For more details about the conference programme and venue, please follow this link.

Register now. We look forward to seeing you in Paris!

And while you are staying in Paris, we invite you for the 2nd edition of the SmartAgrimatics Conference taking place on the 18th and 19th June 2014 at the same venue. Overall slogan this year is “Approach the future use of ICT and robotics in agriculture and food business”, based on the findings of expert knowledge, experiences and even real software components that ultimately can contribute to overcome the challenges of Future Internet for the agrifood sector. Details about conditions of participation and contact details are featured at the conference website .


Save the Date: 17th June 2014

The eFoodChain Final Conference will be held on the 17th of June 2014 in Paris, one of the key European centers for the agro-food Industry.

The Conference Hall at the Novotel Charenton will be the perfect venue for presenting the results achieved by this action, especially the successful results of the Innovators and Early Adopters Scheme.

So save this date in your agenda! And on the following days, 18-19 June, you are welcome to attend the Smart AgriMatics 2014 Conference on Future Internet ICT and robotics in agriculture and food business, also organized by the eFoodChain consortium, together with two other EU- funded projects: FIspace and ICT-AGRI.

We look forward to seeing you in Paris!


The JRC’s new study on short food supply chains

The Joint Research Centre has published a new study on the relevance of short supply chains in the distribution of agricultural and food products. It aims at describing the state-of-play of short food supply chains (SFSC) in the European Union. 

The study also provides policy recommendations to potential legislative proposals on the labelling of products under ‘local farming and direct sales’ as foreseen by the EU Regulation on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs (No 1151/2012).

To find out more please download the study from here.


Successful eFoodChain Workshop 

The eFoodChain Workshop was successfully concluded on the 10th of September, hosted at the COPA-COGECA premises in Brussels. 

The project is currently undertaking the demonstration and validation of the eFoodChain Reference Framework through a set of pilot projects with “Innovators and Early Adopters”. The event was a chance to present the project outcomes until now and future opportunities it may offer to invited organisations, by engaging them into additional pilot implementations (to exploit the innovative potential of standardized digital data exchanges and benefit from the proposed eFoodChain solution).

Over 20 participants of the workshop discussed prospects of the 2nd Phase of the eFoodChain pilot scheme and how smart use of ICT can improve competitiveness of the European agro-food industry.

The presentations from the workshop can be found at the Download section of the website.



French Newspaper "Actualités Agricoles" highlights eFoodChain

The weekly bulletin of the French Cereals Cooperatives has expressed its interest for the eFoodChain Project in an article published on its 29th edition.

An overview of the eFoodChain Project has been released on the 29th edition of the French bulletin “Actualités Agricoles”. The article presents eFoodChain as the solution for improving the competitiveness and the efficiency of all involved actors by stimulating the use of new technologies and by helping SME´s to participate in digital food supply chains. To read the full article (in French) please click here.



The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague hosts the eFoodChain workshop 

The eFoodChain project organised on the 27th of June a half-day workshop hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague, Netherlands. Mr. Roald Laperre (plv. DG for AGRO in the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs) made the opening speech and the workshop had the participation of a selected dozen of stakeholders and representatives from industry (mainly from the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, and Dairy sectors).

The main objectives for this workshop were to present the eFoodChain project, its result and current state and, since at this moment the Innovators and Early Adopters scheme is on-going and new pilots are being planned for the second phase, the major goal was to identify interest in setting up new eFoodChain pilots in the Netherlands. Several interesting leads for new pilots emerged from the workshop and these will be followed by the eFoodChain project in the upcoming weeks.

You can consult the agenda of the workshop here.


eFoodChain presented at the EFITA 2013 in Torino

The eFoodChain project and the solution it proposes for SMEs’ integration into digital food supply chains will be presented in Torino at the EFITA 2013 Conference: Sustainable Agriculture through ICT Innovation. The presentation is part of the Session 3: ICT applications for food chain and logistics, taking place on Tuesday, 25 June in the morning.
Don’t miss it! For the detailed conference programme please visit the EFITA Website



Visit the FRESH Congress 2013 and find out more about the eFoodChain project!


The event takes place in Paris on 12-14 June and offers plenty of market insight and analysis as well as opportunities to network with the best in the business.

The project will be represented there by our Dutch partners.

For more information about the event, please consult here.




eFoodChain Innovators and Early Adopters Scheme – open call for expressions of interest

The eFoodChain project is now preparing its stage of demonstration and testing of the project´s Reference Framework for standardized electronic B2B data exchanges and is calling for all interested stakeholders, especially from fruits and vegetables, cereals and dairy sectors to become the first Innovators to use the developed framework and participate in the pilot-prototypes. These pilots, also known as the Innovators and Early Adopters Scheme, are open to the involvement of various agro-food actors who will freely benefit from the eFoodChain solution and validate how different systems can interoperate in order to fully exploit the innovative potential of standardized digital supply chain data exchanges.

The Innovators and Early Adopters Scheme is divided into two pilot phases, and the Phase 1 has been initiated and is scheduled to last till August. The implementation of the first phase is limited and scope, however in the meantime the preparations for the second phase are about to start early in 2013. Phase 2 will involve larger number of companies and agro-food stakeholders from the three targeted sectors (fruit and vegetables, cereals and dairy products) and with wider geographical coverage. It is planned to enter in force in summer 2013. 

Are you interested in becoming one of the Innovators and Early Adopters or to know more about the eFoodChain pilot-prototypesPlease send an e-mail to 
We look forward to receive your expressions of interest!



The 2nd Issue of the eFoodChain Newsletter is now available!

The eFoodChain partners are pleased to invite you to read the second issue of the project Newsletter.

In this issue, we continue to present you on the progress and achievements of this European project, particularly the eFoodChain Framework, currently being developed. We also take the opportunity to provide you with some more details regarding the ‘Innovators and Early Adopters Scheme’, where various agro-food stakeholders, participating of different pilots, will have the opportunity to evaluate the interoperability of different business processes and information flows and demonstrate how the eFoodChain solution can promote the integration of SMEs along the value chain.

Please consult the download section of the eFoodChain website to access the 2nd Issue of the eFoodChain Newsletter. We welcome your feedback and remain at your disposal for further requests.


Newsletter Issue No 1 - November 2012

Latest news on eFoodChain




eFoodChain Project on LinkedIn

Dear Readers, we invite you to visit the eFoodChain Project Profile on LinkedIn, where you can participate in the Discussion Forum and learn more about the upcoming activities and events. Please follow this link and join today!




 Results of the Market Analysis published


We encourage you to read the Market Analysis Report, the outcome of the Work package 2 within the eFoodChain project. Its goal was to conduct an in-depth market analysis in terms of the use of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) and eBusiness solutions currently in place along the agro-food supply chains. The analysis has focused especially on the situation regarding the (current and potential) adoption of e-Business solutions among European SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) of three agro food sectors targeted by the project: fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products and cereals. 

A preliminary release of this report was presented and discussed at an expert and stakeholders workshop that took take place in Brussels on the 9th of July 2012. The findings and conclusions from that workshop have been reflected in this release of the report and were used to validate the main results from WP2 that will now be used as input for further stages of the project, and particularly to WP3 (Framework development).

Please consult here the Market Analysis Report



Workshop on the eFoodChain Action: Market Analysis of the food supply chain


The eFoodChain Project is a large-scale demonstration action with the objective to modernise and increase the efficiency of the agro-food supply chain and better connect smaller enterprises. The action´s goal is to improve the competitiveness and efficiency of the European food industry by stimulating and innovative and seamless use of information technologies along their value chains. In particular, SMEs are at the centre of interest of this action, as the objective is to facilitate the participation of SMEs in global digital value networks and enable them to become international business partners.

In this context, the " Directorate General Entreprise and Industry of the European Commission and the eFoodChain Consortium partners organized the first workshop of the eFoodChain Project, which took take place in Brussels, on the 9th of July 2012.

The event aimed to present the Market Analysis Report and served also as an opportunity to validate the obtained results and conclusions with pertinent high-level experts. The workshop gathered in total around 40 participants, representing various sectors and value chain positions within the European agro-food industry. 



The outcomes of the conducted Market Analysis allowed the Consortium to propose during the workshop the Challenges, Drivers and some potential Solutions for wider adoption of ICT solutions along the agro-food value chains. In an interactive way the participants were able to provide further inputs and their own judgment on the importance of those outcomes of the market analysis. 



They have also indicated priorities along the targeted value chains.


All the workshop discussions and constructive feedback received will be very valuable for the next stages of the project, namely fine-tuning of the Market Analysis Report and in particular for the future framework development.


We would like to thank all the participants for their comments, opinions and overall active participation in the workshop. We hope they will continue interested in the further developments of the eFoodChain project. 


The presentations from the workshop can be consulted here:



Survey for the eFoodChain Project

On behalf of the consortium of the eFoodChain project funded by the DG Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission,we would like to thank all the participants for their responses and overall contributions through the eFoodChain questionnaire.

The aim of this survey was to consult the stakeholders of the agro-food industry on the current situation and the rate of adoption of ICT solutions underpinning B2B transactions in the food supply chain and aims also at identifying existing gaps that could possibly be solved by the eFoodChain project.