Food Port
Food Port - Connecting Food Port Regions - Between and Beyond


Food Port aimed to develop the North Sea Region as the best food cluster and hub in Europe for food products delivered via efficient and sustainable transport systems, e.g. ‘green transport corridors’. Food Port brought together local authorities, knowledge organisations, food industries and ports from five countries to find practical solutions to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of the food supply chains.

The project investigated and developed green transport corridors for food products between regions around the North Sea. This led to concrete modal shift pilots along the identified green transport corridors and to the development of (new) food platforms or hubs. In order to improve the food logistic chains, new technological solutions were incorporated, such as a technical support platform.

01/09/2010 - 28/02/2014
3 - Improving the Accessibility of Places in the North Sea Region
Area of Intervention
3.2 To promote the development of multi-modal and transnational transport corridors
ERDF Grant
2,334,772.50 €
ERDF Equivalent
80,000.00 €
Total Eligible Budget
4,829,545.00 €
Lead Beneficiary
POM West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Liesbet Pauwels
Tel: +32 50 74 06 18
Project Homepage
Beneficiaries per Country
United Kingdom
The Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership (Hitrans)
South East Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran)
University of Hull Logistics Technology Group
POM West-Vlaanderen
VOKA Chamber of Commerce West-Flanders
Port of Oostende
Port of Zeebrugge
University of Southern Denmark
Port of Odense
The Development Council of South Jutland
Port of Esbjerg
Magistrat der Stadt Bremerhaven
Deutsche See GmbH
Hochschule Bremerhaven
Port of Kristiansund and Nordmøre IMC
Region Västra Götaland
Port of Göteborg AB
Chalmers University of Technology
Background and Aim

The central aim of the Food Port project was to improve the accessibility and transport logistic system of different food clusters around the North Sea Region in order to strengthen the food industry within the region and its strategic position as a food hub.

This was achieved through the optimisation and coordination of the food supply chains, delivering tangible benefits to food and logistics sectors and the companies involved (many of which were SMEs). These companies benefited from measures designed to improve efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability, leading e.g. to increased capacity, cost efficiency, a higher service level and a lower carbon footprint.

Transnational cooperation across the sectors of logistics and food in the North Sea Region, would make the North Sea Region a dynamic and leading area for food distribution and processing and lead to new Value Added Logistic Activities and Value Added Services.

Across the North Sea Region food producers and processing companies form a large part of the region’s economy. Food production and consumption generates a large volume of road traffic. Food products, beverages and tobacco transport accounted for the largest share of European road tonne-kilometres in 2008, at over 15%. The next highest, at 10%, was products of agriculture, hunting, and forestry; fish and other fishing products, (source: Eurostat: Statistics in Focus 86/2009).

As a result of early investigations, the partnership identified various inadequacies and inefficiencies in the food supply chain. For example, food distribution relied heavily on road transport, leading to congestion, poor air quality and environmental degradation. Containers delivering food to one region returned empty to their port of origin.

Demands for environmentally friendly food production and distribution practices were beginning to emerge. It was anticipated that this would increase as awareness of increasing costs and damage to the environment became more apparent. The Food Port partners shared a similar motivation and interest to develop better systems of food logistics to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the food supply chain within the North Sea Region.

  • Realisation of a minimum of 5 modal shift pilots for selected green transport corridors for food products
  • Data sets for the food supply chain and appropriate ICC-technologies
  • Strategic master plan for the further development and realisation of food hubs and distribution centres
  • Regional food logistic action plan/transnational logistic action plan
  • Market oriented inventory on inter/intra regional food products flows
  • Identification of green transport corridors for food products
  • A model of the current fresh fish logistics in the North Sea Region
  • Identification of food product groups with modal shift potential

Food Port Kristiansund Meeting September 2012

Food Port Gothenburg Port Visit September 2011

Food Port Final Conference Overview February 2014

Food Port Final Conference Group February 2014

Food Port Final Conference Debate February 2014

"Lifting the spirit" Pilot Launched (Elgin, September 2013)

Midterm Conference (Gothenburg, June 2012)

Midterm Conference (Gothenburg, June 2012)

Fish/Seafood Workshop & B2B (Hitra, Norway, April 2012)

Food Port B2B Flanders-Scotland (Brussels, November 2011)

Food Port at the NSR Annual Conference (Bruges, June 2011)

Joint Food Port-Dryport Seminar (May 2011)

Food Port Launch Event (Edinburgh, November 2010)
Pre-announcement Final Conference Food Port
Dates: 20/02/2014 - 20/02/2014
Food Port Mid-Term Conference
Dates: 12/06/2012 - 13/06/2012
Fish/Seafood Workshop & B2B, Hitra, Norway
Dates: 17/04/2012 - 17/04/2012
WP5_4_LCA of food transports and tomato production. A comparison of different food transport scenarios, including production of tomatoes
WP5_4_Cost and time models for road haulage and intermodal transport using Short Sea Shipping in the North Sea Region
WP5_4_Article Sustainable Logistic Scenarios in the NSR Region
WP5_4_Sustainable Food Logistic Scenarios
WP5_3_The Food Port Transnational Action Plan
WP5_3_Food Logistic Cluster Management
WP5_2_Identification and analysis of food flows in Västra Götaland
WP5_2_ Whisky Logistics Study Spirits of the Highlands
WP5_2_Summary Inter and Intra Regional Food Product Flows
WP5_1_Scan of Regional Food Clusters in the North Sea Region
WP5_1_Summary Scan of Regional Food Clusters
WP4_2_Case Study Deutsche See Tests to achieve a longer shelf life of fresh fish
WP4_2_Case Study the potential of adopting returnable transport packing systems in food transport
WP4_1_Presentation ILC Technology in the Food Supply Chain
WP4_1_Fish Box Pool Project Challenges in utilising RFID in international fresh food supply chains
WP3_2_Fresh Cargo Hub Oostende – part 2
WP3_2_Fresh Cargo Hub Oostende – part 1
WP3_2_Realisation of food hubs or food distribution centres
WP3_1_Cor8 Agro Food logistics in Denmark - setting up a new Food Port corridor from Padborg to Rotterdam
WP3_1_Cor7 Port of Oostende -Saint Petersburg short sea service - set up of a food corridor between West Flanders and Saint Petersburg area
WP3_1_Cor6 Scandinavia platform - set up of a food corridor between West Flanders and Västra Götaland
WP3_1_Cor5 Hitra Case - set up of an intermodal food corridor between Hitra and Zeebrugge
WP3_1_Cor4 Lifting the spirit - whisky by rail – environmental analysis
WP3_1_Cor4 Lifting the spirit - whisky by rail
WP3_1_Cor3 Short Sea Shipping corridor between Mid-Norway and Bremerhaven - Feasibility Study
WP3_1_Cor2 The Findus Case - how to reduce cost and environmental impact from Swedish food export and import
WP3_1_Cor1 Rosyth Zeebrugge ferry service Report Motorways of Seas Options August 2014
WP3_1_Cor1 Rosyth Zeebrugge ferry service Business Impact Study Update November 2012
WP3_1_Cor1 Rosyth Zeebrugge ferry service Business Impact Study November 2011
WP3_1_Cor1 Rosyth Zeebrugge ferry service - strengthening an existing port-to-port service
Food Port Results Sweden RVG Nov 2013
Food Port General Brochure May 2012
Food Port General Leaflet May 2012

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