Food Data Finland Growth Engine program
In the Food Data Finland Growth Engine program*, primary production, food industry and retail trade promote transparent, two-way information exchange along the food chain together. The innovation ecosystem that runs the Food Data Finland program also aims to develop new products and services with high added value. The purpose is that the data-utilizing food chain and the joint development platform of the entire chain strengthen the competitiveness of the domestic food system and create a strong foundation for export growth.
Founding members are Apetit, Atria, Bisnes+, Fazer, HKScan, Kesko, SOK, Valio, GS1 Finland, ETL (Finnish Food and Drink Industries' Federation ), PTY (Finnish Grocery Trade Association ) and MTK (Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners). GS1 acts as coordinator and, as an open and impartial operator, provides a neutral platform for food chain stakeholders to network and develop their own industries in collaboration. Food Data Finland is funded by the companies and Business Finland.
Development projects promote digitalization and innovation of the food chain
Food Data Finland links individual food chain development projects in the food industry into one complementary entity.
Examples of development projects planned to be connected to the growth engine program:
- Data model for the carbon footprint/carbon balance calculation of the food value chain
- The development project of an openly shared data channel for the food value chain
- Data-based farm operational management
- Geospatial data project for the agricultural production system (Field ID)
- Promotion of information model cooperation and standards for responsibility information
Later, at least 1–2 new development projects are planned to be added to the Growth Engine program each year, which will promote joint development of information logistics solutions for the food chain. The program is planned to be implemented in its entirety within the next ten years.
*) The Growth Engine program was originally called Food from Finland.