The Danish food cluster is the 3rd largest in the world, employing around 200,000 people, and ranked among the best in European Food Innovation. Some of the largest food companies, such as Arla, AarhusKarlshamn, DuPont and Danish Crown, have chosen to place their headquarters and R&D centres in Aarhus.

Reinventing food
Food-related knowledge and research partnerships are easily accessible in Aarhus. Our cooperative mindset is formalised through a wide range of networks that can benefit your business from day one.

Some of the Danish food clusters’ greatest strengths are organic foods and food waste management. Denmark is at the forefront of innovative food waste management (BBC), which requires innovative measures to make it economically viable. Denmark also has the highest market share for organic products in the world. This is only possible thanks to an innovation ecosystem that constantly contributes to research into innovative techniques and approaches. Agro Food Park in Aarhus is one of Europe’s most powerful centres for food innovation. It combines knowledge and entrepreneurship to accelerate innovation and manage the growing complexity of modern agriculture and food production. It addresses issues such as sustainability, cultural and societal values as well as profitable and healthy food production for businesses of all sizes.

Arla’s ambition is to foster worldwide co-innovation, so the company has taken advantage of what Agro Food Park has to offer, and has placed its Global Innovation Centre there.

Food innovation in Aarhus is supported by a comprehensive research and education initiative being carried out at Aarhus University, VIA University College and the Danish Technological Institute. The 700+ researchers and specialists involved in this initiative have a strong tradition for joint projects a aspects of the value chain with R&D specialists from the business world.

Our innovation unit in Aarhus is a significant catalyst for DuPont’s developments within food. This is why we plan to invest further in Denmark. Our research centre in Aarhus is world-class. Some of the world’s leading scientists of food ingredients work here.
Matthias Heinzel, President, DuPont Nutrition & Health