East Netherlands

Smart Food Production – EWRC ’21

Th!nk East Netherlands and its partners organised the workshop ‘Regions shaping Europe’s digital future’, during the European Week of Regions and Cities 2021 on the 12th of October. 

Smart Food Production was one of the four breakout session.


Smart Food Production

This break out room was moderated by Mr. Jouke Kardolus, senior project manager at Oost NL and one of the initiators of the icon theme on Data Driven Transitions in Food of Th!nk East Netherlands.

    • Mr. Sjaak Wolfert, theme ambassador Digital Innovation in Agri-Food at Wageningen UR, presented the options and challenges for stakeholders in the transition towards a sustainable digital innovation ecosystem. “Digital inclusion”, was one of the subjects on which the panelists in this session shined their vision.

The panel consisted of: 

    •  Mr. Harrij Schmeitz, director of the Dutch Fruit Tech Campus,  attracts new students to the fruit sector with a focus on innovation and technology.
    • Mrs. Huiberdien Sweeris, FoodValley NL, is specialist on Human Capital and talent development, Mr. Ruben Bringsken, director of Jamael Food Group (incl. Baltussen Konservenfabriek) is unlocking the potential of “Digital”, both in his food producing companies as well in the ICT companies he is involved with.


Live recording of the breakout session on Smart Food Production: