07 Jan FoodNavigator includes Allfoodexperts as an example of the rise of Open Innovation in the food industry
An increasing number of companies are looking to open innovation as a way to accelerate their innovation processes and to resolve outstanding challenges. The digital publication FoodNavigator.com, leader in the food industry, included this trend in their forecasts for 2013 and it has been met. In an article entitled “Looking back on 2013: How did we do last year’s predictions?”, the publication cites some open innovation platforms that emerged in the past year as well as the growth experienced by Allfoodexperts.
Particularly, they refer to the joining of SMEs to the bandwagon of open innovation. They say, “Allfoodexperts.com launched in January, specifically targeting SMEs and freelance R&D, and the number of food industry challenges listed on the site has multiplied since then”.
Allfoodexperts is an independent platform that aims to bring together challenges from different mid-sized companies. However, large companies have also launched their own open innovation projects throughout the year, as FoodNavigator indicates. Among the enterprises that launched open innovation platforms, they include Doehler, Hershey and Taste and Tale. For some years now, others like Unilever or Kraft also have launched projects as such.
In contrast to the open innovation corporate platforms, which collect specific needs from concrete firms, that of Allfoodexperts is open to the challenges of all the enterprises in the agri-food industry.