The Rotterdam region is a front runner in the worldwide food economy. With 8,000 food related businesses and a favourable location as a ‘main port to Europe’, the Rotterdam Food Cluster is unique in the world. We work on solutions to current and future food issues every day, from seed improvement, production, processing, research & development and education to transport and logistics.

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The Rotterdam Food Cluster organises projects in association with companies, knowledge institutions, interest groups and authorities, with the aim of stimulating employment, innovation, knowledge sharing and marketing. Rotterdam Food Cluster is an initiative by the Economics’ department of the City of Rotterdam.

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Region Rotterdam

Rotterdam Food Cluster is made up by companies, education and knowledge institutions, local governments and residents from Rotterdam, Westland, Oostland, Midden-Delfland, Barendrecht, Ridderkerk, Voorne-Putten, Hoeksche Waard, and Goeree-Overflakkee. Here is where we exchange knowledge and work on plenty of career opportunities, healthy residents, innovative power and international opportunities for new and existing businesses.

Roadmap Next Economy

The Rotterdam Food Cluster defines the ambitions of the Next Economy Roadmap.
Via our extensive network we bundle strengths and create new initiatives with the Next Economy sustainable objectives as the starting point. We aim to remain the world's leading Food Region.

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Barbara Kathmann

Alderwoman for Economics, Districts and Local Communities, Municipality of Rotterdam
"Our ambition is to maintain and improve our leading position. This enables us to boost the food sector, encourage a healthy lifestyle and promote employment in the region."


There are three key programmes in which diverse projects are implemented. Food for the Future; developing the labour market of the future. World Food Park; innovation and collaboration between businesses and knowledge institutions. Feeding the City; new business cases for food innovation in the city.

Setting up your business in Rotterdam

With a world-leading food cluster and a strategic location in the heart of Europe, Rotterdam is an excellent business location for agrifood companies. Rotterdam Partners assists international agrifood companies looking to expand their international operations and invest abroad. These services are free, impartial and confidential.

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Reasons for basing your business in the Rotterdam Region

Most complete cluster in the world

Rotterdam Food Cluster is unique the world over; all the links in the food sector chain can be found within a radius of 30 km from Rotterdam's city centre.

Over 8,000 businesses

8,000 businesses, including arable farming, seed breeding, industry, horticulture, agrilogistics and greenhouse horticulture, represent the entire food chain.

High-level expertise

Access to a huge amount of knowledge and expertise. The region has a very high concentration of relevant businesses, research institutions and universities.

Innovative nature

Innovative nature of the Rotterdam region; every day new solutions are created for the worldwide food challenges of tomorrow.

Cutting-edge developments

Groundbreaking product development and new business models through collaboration with other knowledge-intensive clusters in the region: clean tech (bio-based) plus the Life Sciences & Health.

Excellent accessibility

‘Gateway to Europe’ with multimodal infrastructure. Port of Rotterdam, The Hague Airport, Schiphol and excellent connections to rail freight and inland shipping.

Food for the Future

Skills and New Business models in the food sector of the future

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The Rotterdam Food Cluster aims to maintain and improve its leading position in the world economy, boost the food sector - especially in terms of economic innovation and employment - and respond to health and bio-based trends, among others, while supporting a healthy lifestyle in the process. We are placing the Rotterdam Region on the global map as the most innovative and sustainable food sector in the world.

Facilitating and connecting

The Rotterdam Food Cluster allows us to connect the food sector as a whole in our region. We facilitate innovative projects, connect companies with knowledge institutions and local governments, and offer locations and possibilities to multinational, national and local food businesses. Together we look for new, sustainable business models.

Across the border

Moreover, the Municipality of Rotterdam creates the preconditions that stimulate entrepreneurship and produce innovation. We establish collaboration between students, educational institutions and businesses in order to translate practical and scalable research in the region into new opportunities for all of us. Within the region, within the Netherlands and far across the border.

Cluster approach

Cleantech, Life Sciences & Health, Food, Maritime and Smart Cities are the five most important industries for the future of Rotterdam. For each of these industries the City of Rotterdam has developed a specific cluster approach. We’re aiming for a better connection between the port and the city, stimulating entrepreneurship and translating obstacles into opportunities - such as the availability of funding, access to partners and test locations with licenses - and promoting entrepreneurship.

Nick van den Berg

Development Manager
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Global food challenges

In 2011, the world's population totalled 7 billion people. By 2050, it will have grown by 28%, to around 9 billion people, most of whom will live in mega-cities. If we are to feed these 9 billion people, smart food systems will be required and food wastage must be reduced by 50%. Each and every day, around 8,000 companies within the Rotterdam Food Cluster are working on solutions to tackle these global food challenges.

World Food Park: Human Capital Pool

Regional pool of committed and trained logistics flex workers

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Nick van den Berg

Development Manager

“It is my job to stimulate new business and new jobs in the Rotterdam Food Cluster. I think it is amazing to be able to work in such an inspiring and internationally important, innovative industry that plays a key part in feeding millions of mouths all over the world.” 

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Adriaan van der Giessen

Project Manager

“Unknown makes unloved. But it’s all happening in the Rotterdam region. This is where the agro-food industry’s absolute front runners are combined with very efficient transportation through ports, by rail and road. I am strongly in favour of increasing and strengthening Rotterdam Food Cluster’s position.”

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Sharon Janmaat-Bouw

Project Manager

“The businesses in the Rotterdam Food Cluster amaze me on a daily basis because of the industry’s international and dynamic character and its importance and scale. These entrepreneurs are making the difference when it comes to global food supply, the national economy and regional career prospects. I am committed to serve their growth potential.”

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Elly Mosterd

Project Secretary

“For many years I have enjoyed working as a project manager for several food brands. Now I contribute to this industry with the council. I strongly believe that a collective effort will be good for the individual businesses in the end.”

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Amelia Oei

Project Manager

“Food and Rotterdam are – just like the port and Rotterdam – inextricably linked with each other. All the fresh food we need daily is produced in this region: grains, vegetables, fruit, potatoes, dairy and meat. The food is produced safely and sustainably. From farmer to logistics service provider and from seed to greenhouse… the whole industry is at hand in this region. It is an industry with perspective of the future of which we can be proud.”

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