The below-mentioned entities operating on the market were identified by means of research in: sector catalogs, websites of the businesses environment institutions, a Klaster Life Science proprietary database, press publications and business fair catalogs.
The entities were arranged in the following order: traditional food producers, functional food producers, organic food producers, food production support and agricultural production companies.
The entities which are food producers were divided into three categories of food: traditional, ecological and functional food.
- Organic food – food produced in accordance with the principles of organic farming, with the exclusion of fertilizers and artificial preservatives.
- Functional food – food that, apart from the nutritional function itself, has a beneficial effect on health, which may be physiological or psychological. This segment of food products is also often referred to as pro-health products.
- Traditional food – food produced using production methods that do not meet the criteria of organic food production nor are they functional food products.
Each of the entities operating within the sector was characterized based on their area of expertise. And each of them was assigned certain key words, which correspond with their basic business activity. The glossary of key words was created based on how the various food products are grouped in specialized magazines and other sector sources. In addition, the glossary was supplemented with business profiles of companies related to the food industry, which are not food producers.
This catalog comprises companies active in the Malopolska region as well as members of the Klastrer LifeScience, even if seated outside of the voivodeship.
The innovative potential of the industry has been presented in this report not only from the perspective of existing companies directly related to the food sector.
The presentation of the academic background revolves mainly around the study programs: Bachelor, Master and doctoral studies, as well as postgraduate programs. Only those programs were included, which provide its graduates with the opportunity to find employment in the food production, food processing or supporting technologies.
The category of business environment includes, in turn, entities, which can support the food industry in, among others, obtaining external funds, integrating the sector actors, liaising and providing market and competition analysis.
Entities presented in the section “Key Projects” were identified through researching financial institutions and by accessing the official websites of higher education institutions, research facilities and private businesses. The projects are presented in alphabetical order (by title).
Companies dealing in the sale and distribution of food products, micro companies engaged in the cultivation of vegetables and fruits, micro companies involved in the production of eggs and bakeries were deliberately excluded from this catalog.
Statistical data contained in this report were retrieved from the Central Statistical Office of Poland, the European Statistical Office (Eurostat) or from own calculations based on collected data.