Food Valley

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Food Valley is a region in the Netherlands[1][2] where international food companies, research institutes, and Wageningen University and Research Centre are concentrated. The Food Valley area is the home of a large number of food multinationals and within the Food Valley about 15,000 professionals are active in food related sciences and technological development. Far more are involved in the manufacturing of food products. Food Valley, with the city of Wageningen as its center, is intended to form a dynamic heart of knowledge for the international food industry.[3]

Within this region, the Food Valley Organisation[4] is intended to create conditions so that food manufacturers and knowledge institutes can work together in developing new and innovating food concepts. The Food Valley Organisation has joined the Food Innovation Network Europe.[5]

Current research about the Food Valley[edit]

The Food Valley as a region has been the subject of study by several human geographers. Even before the Food Valley was established as an organisation in 2004[6] and as a region in 2011[7] Frank Kraak and Frits Oevering[8] made a SWOT analysis of the region using an Evolutionary economics framework and compared it with similar regions in Canada, Denmark, Italy and Sweden. A similar study was done by Floris Wieberdink.[9] The study utilised Geomarketing concepts in the WERV, the predecessor of the Regio Food Valley. Geijer and Van der Velden [10] studied the economic development of the Regio Food Valley using statistical data.


The research performed in the Food Valley has generated some discussion about the influence of culture on economic growth. Wieberdink[9] argued that culture and habitat are not spatially bounded, but historically. More recently a study about the Food Valley[11] argued that culture and habitat are in fact spatially bounded. Both studies, however, recommend the Regio Food Valley to promote its distinct culture.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Regio FoodValley (voorheen regio De Vallei) - Provincie Gelderland". 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2012-03-30.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Rhenen op het matje over betalen aan Food Valley". De Gelderlander. 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
  3. ^ "Welkom in de Regio FoodValley". 2012-03-19. Archived from the original on 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
  4. ^ "Introductiepagina - English". Archived from the original on 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
  5. ^ "Food Innovation Networks Europe (FINE)". Retrieved 2012-03-30.
  6. ^ "Stichting Food Valley" (PDF). // Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2012-08-01. External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "WERV". // Retrieved 2012-08-01. External link in |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "Food Valley Van agglomeratie naar cluster" (PDF). Rabobank Nederland. Retrieved 2012-08-01.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ a b "Van Netwerk tot Regio" (PDF). Universiteit Twente. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
  10. ^ "De economische Kracht van de Vallei" (PDF). Rabobank Nederland. Retrieved 2012-08-01.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Het gezicht van de innovatie". Issuu. Retrieved 2012-08-01.