There are many primary production companies and several small and medium-sized companies operating in the food industry in the Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia and Southern Ostrobothnia. In the Ostrobothnia provinces, there are also strong multinational export companies operating in the food industry.
With its theme year, Viexpo wants to encourage companies of all size to better utilize the opportunities provided by food export. In addition, Viexpo wants to be involved in the development of co-operation between the food and other industries, incl. utilization of digitization and circular economy.
The aim of the theme year is to diversify and strengthen the food exports of the Ostrobothnian provinces. In order to achieve this goal, Viexpo organized a Food Export Forum in co-operation with Evira in the beginning of 2018 and is involved in the launch of a Food Export Accelerator together with Profict Partners, SEAMK and the University of Vaasa, and will visit at least 50 food companies in the three Ostrobothnia provinces during 2018.
During the theme year, both domestic and food export-related legislation and regulations will also be addressed, and marketing and communication of the food export companies will be together developed further.