Innovation summit November 5-6 2019

During the innovation summit at Svenska Mässan and RISE, November 5-6, we will present seminars that highlight concrete case studies focusing on the new technology that is strengthening the Swedish food industry. Partners that are cooperating in the programme include RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sweden Food Arena, food companies, the Swedish Food Administration, the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, Vinnova and suppliers that can highlight concrete cases together with customers.

Keynote Speakers

Sweden Food Arena

Global Technology Manager

Business Designer/Senior Adviser digital transformation and innovation

Micvac AB

Sektionschef Innovation & Företagsutveckling,

Manager Research and Nutrition
Swedish Food Federation





The cross-border event promoting a stronger food industry

In November 2019, representatives of all sectors within the food industry will gather together in Gothenburg, with a special focus on production and processes. They will set the agenda for mobilising the industry over the next decade in order to realise the goals and vision of the National Food Strategy 2030, defined by the government of Sweden.

The objective is to increase the competitiveness of food companies and to clarify challenges and opportunities that will strengthen the food industry as a whole, both in Sweden, which has many food companies, and on the global stage.

The Nordic Food Industry is organised by the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in collaboration with industry players throughout the food processing value chain.

Growth and innovation

By acting together with the food industry’s leaders and innovators, Nordic Food Industry aims to accelerate growth, innovation and competitiveness within individual companies and the industry as a whole. Representatives from business, research, academia and politics will come together at Nordic Food Industry.

Case studies across borders

Manufacturers, suppliers, commercial organisations and academic institutions are invited to present innovative technologies, materials, products and services that will promote a sustainable food industry.


Nordic Food Industry offers everyone involved in food processing a unique opportunity to get updated on the latest technology, find solutions to their own challenges, and discuss new collaborative ventures. It provides an opportunity for dialogue in a creative and business-oriented setting.


Focus on transformation

Companies within the food industry are impacted by the paradigm shift from linear production to circular business models. This change requires multi-disciplinary skill sets. But there are many aspects that need to be addressed in new circles and from multiple perspectives for this transformation to happen. Perhaps focusing more on better exchange of information about the many solutions that already exist rather than the entirely new.

Participating sectors

Bakeries & flour-based sectors

Butchers, meat


Fruit & Vegetables

Oil & fat products

Fish & seafood processing

Dairy & ice cream

Grain millers & starch suppliers

Other food industry


Priority product areas

Ingredients & additives

Components, equipment, accessories

Process technology

Filling & packaging technology

Packaging materials, packaging, packaging aids

Automation, data processing & control technology

Security, analysis, quality management

Operational materials, environmental technology, biotechnology

Maintenance & service

Hygiene & cleaning

Cooling & air conditioning technology

Quality assurance, certification & traceability

Recycling & recovery



R & D

Quality managers

Sustainability managers

Production managers

Product managers

Packaging managers & developers


Technical managers

Production engineersMaintenance managers

Logistics managers

Food technicians

Integrators / OEMs

Consultants / designers / constructors


Focus areas for a sustainable food industry


Digitalisation and automation

Digitalisation and smart automation solutions can optimise product flows and create the conditions for greater competitiveness. New business models and start-ups are developing the sector and driving sustainability, efficiency and customer benefits. The event presents concrete solutions, projects, centres of excellence and R&D for digitalisation and automation processes within the food industry.


Product and process development

Sensor technologies are becoming more and more important. Nutrients and flavours must be preserved through all process stages in a high quality and resource-efficient manner. How do different elements affect each other during the manufacturing process, storage and transportation? How can you use by-products to deliver added value in the processing process? We will present ingredients and additives, safety techniques, analysis, quality management, certification, traceability and the latest technological developments for process, packaging, distribution and storage.


Smart packaging solutions and resource-efficient filling techniques

Packaging techniques, materials and equipment have a huge economic and environmental impact. And the right filling technology can have a big impact on efficiency and the resource-efficiency of the value chain. Unused space in packaging leads to unnecessary logistics costs and causes wastage with an adverse effect on the environment.

Smart packaging design means reduced wastage and lower carbon dioxide emissions at the distribution stage. Nordic Food Industry will feature solutions to increase recycling rates and resource efficiency, with many examples of how poor packaging can be replaced by attractive  and cost-effective solutions using materials that are environmentally smart.


Questions that need answers:

What needs to be done in order for Sweden to become one of the world's leading food producers?

How does the rapid technology development affect competitiveness?

What is the cut-off point for investment in new or conventional technology?

How can the food industry follow and utilise trends in digitalisation and automation for increased production efficiency?

How can it achieve sustainable production with increased productivity while also driving down costs?
How can we increase the rate of improvement in the food industry?

How can we reduce wastage of raw materials and make better use of by-products?

How can we optimise the use of production facilities?

How can we reduce the use of fossil fuels in production?

How will we develop smart and sustainable packaging solutions that reduce both packaging and food waste?

What is needed in order to reduce transport emissions?

What must we do to make logistics more sustainable: increased fill levels, more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles, environmentally adapted fuels and economical driving modes.

Nordic Food Industry takes place in parallel with Logistik & Transport, the Nordic region’s leading event for logistics, warehousing and transport solutions. It provides a unique environment for exhibiting and sharing innovative services and solutions specifically for the food industry.

Why exhibit?

* Improve your brand profile

* Find new business opportunities

* Meet customers who are in an active buying process

* Launch and exhibit new products and solutions, live

* Do more business in less time!

Innovation voices

RISE - Research Institute of Sweden

"The Nordic food industry needs an arena to address our future challenges. A creative hub where one meet, listen and learn from each other in order to find solutions to joint challenges. We believe that Nordic Food Industry has great potential as such a hub."   Charlotte Eklund-Jonsson, Head of Innovation and Business development at RISE, Agrifood and Bioscience 

Unilever Food Solutions

”The food industry's biggest challenge: To make the complete sustainability analysis from agriculture to consumption.  We need to take long term responsibility without becoming populistic or getting stuck in short term trends.   Alexander Throne-Holst, Nordic Executive Director, Unilever Food Solutions

Valio Sweden

"The food industry needs to come together in order to find solutions in order to reduce the impact on the environment. One solution is to bind the atmosphere's carbon dioxide in a better way. To create efficient carbon reduction, for example by varying agriculture crops and extending the agriculture season, is a part of our work towards becoming carbon dioxide neutral by 2035."   Anette Björnlund, Media & Communications Manager, Valio Sweden

Association of Swedish Bakers & Confectioners

"Bread returns from the production of the bakery industry yield new products such as yeast and ethanol."   Martin Lundell, CEO Association of Swedish Bakers & Confectioners

The food industry faces huge challenges, but the opportunities are even greater – through collaboration, willingness to develop and smart transformation to meet the needs of the future. An exchange of ideas and networking across the entire production and process value chain are needed to get the best possible return on the investment and development initiatives being made in the industry. Consequently there is demand for a single meeting place bringing together business people and researchers. An event where the entire industry can share insights and test drive future solutions through creative meeting formats and practical activities.

ÅF Consult

”Everything can be digitized but the challenge for us is that our provided solutions are used and give value to the customer. Another challenge for us as a supplier to the food industry is the increasing demands on sustainable packaging solutions, such as a diminshed plastic content and reduced climate impact. Trends and shifts in behaviors call for more flexible factories as new protein sources increase in popularity. Katrin Hedvall, Business Unit Manager Food & Pharma, ÅF Consulting

Viking Malt

”We need to secure long shelf life and reduced climate impact. At the same time we have to establish a repeatable, even product quality all the way from raw material to final brew.” Daniel Eriksson, Sales Manager Craft Business, Viking Malt

Fria Bröd Bakery

”We need to reduce the content of plastics in packages and produce new smart packages that minimize the environmental impact throughout the entire chain from production to recycle.” Kristian Medailleu, Marketing Manager Fria Bröd Bakery


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