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Collaboration - Benefit from the unique Danish culture of collaboration

The unique Danish way of working allows the Danish food cluster to be ground-breaking, productive and flexible. The key is a cross-disciplinary approach with a flat hierarchy and the fact that most labour market issues are settled between employers and employees – and not by law.  As a business partner to the Danish food cluster you will benefit from our experience.

Connect and collaborate

Cooperation is deeply rooted in Danish business history – especially the food industry. It has long formed the backbone of the Danish food cluster’s work. It plays a key role in many of the innovative solutions the Danish food cluster has provided for some of the world’s most complex problems. In Denmark, finding new solutions and relevant knowledge to apply to the world’s biggest challenges can only happen when the various participants in the value chain work together.

The ability to be innovative and collaborate across companies, customers, scientists, public institutions and even market competitors has defined the shape of today’s industry and the products that led it here. Without it, for example, salmonella would not have been eradicated from Danish poultry.

The ability to collaborate across companies, customers, scientists, public institutions and even market competitors has defined the shape of today’s industry and the products that led it here

As a business partner to Danish companies, you can expect to benefit highly from this unique Danish collaboration model.

Closer supplier cooperation is your way to success

The Danish culture of collaboration goes back a long way. The first co-operative movement started in the middle of the 19th century. Then, like today, Denmark had a large production of dairy and slaughterhouse products and a large grain harvest, but production was very expensive and decentralised. Dairy farmers were the first to establish co-operative movements to make the process more centralised and industrialised. Because of this, Danish milk and butter improved in quality and was less expensive to produce. In Danish co-operatives, all suppliers were co-owners and all owners had one vote – regardless the size of the farms and production. This allowed smallholders to increase their living standards and revenues as the demand for Danish butter and milk increased around the world and was exported to a wide range of countries. Today, the ideas of the first co-operative movement live on in the Danish food cluster, as the industry stands united to produce goods of the highest quality with the greatest revenue.

Openness and trust are keywords when it comes to innovation

Today, the idea of co-operation between every link of the supply chain lives on. Not only has it produced innovative products and solutions, the Danish labour market and its workers have also benefitted from this aspect of Danish culture. Studies have shown that Denmark ranks second in the world in job satisfaction and has a high level of trustworthiness between employer and employee. Our informal way of working creates the ideal conditions for fostering innovation in the food cluster, as everyone – from skilled farmer to the college graduated enzyme scientist – can bring their ideas to the table. In Denmark, the entire organisation is involved when it comes to being your best business partner.

Cross-disciplinary approach with a flat hierarchy creates the ideal conditions for fostering innovation in the food cluster

Smooth business solutions through close partnership

Collaboration between public authorities and food producers has a positive effect on the industry. Collaboration is important for us to ensure the quality and food safety of Danish food products. That’s why Danish legislation sets such high standards for food safety, and why food processing is subject to thorough control by the Danish authorities. Dialogue and trust are crucial in this process, to secure the best food solutions for customer and consumer.
Close cooperation with universities also keeps the Danish food cluster at the forefront of innovation. Strong ties between leading universities and companies give the Danish food cluster a unique opportunity to test and market their products at an early stage, to ensure the development of innovative and internationally competitive food solutions.

The unique collaboration has made Denmark frontrunners in creating solutions for tomorrow’s challenges

The collaboration between researchers, companies and public institutions is at the core of what the Danish food cluster stands for. This unique collaboration has made Denmark front-runners in creating solutions for tomorrow’s challenges. It has made major changes possible and has secured Denmark’s global position as a front-runner in resource efficiency.
As a business partner to the Danish food cluster, you will be part of the Danish collaboration model where we believe that together we are stronger.