As a nation Sweden has been forced to be innovative to feed the Swedish population, due to harsh weather conditions and our geographical position. Sweden has rich resources of quality natural ingredients and a tradition of a cautious way to produce the food we eat, with minimal environmental footprint, where care for animals and people’s health are part of the foundation.
Sweden launched a national food strategy in 2017 which currently is being updated. The overall aim is to increase Swedish food production in a sustainable way. One important factor to increase food production is to increase Swedish food exports.
During the Presidency Try Swedish arranged a seminar at Nordic House in Brussels together with the Swedish Food Federation and Region West in Sweden targeting the commissions permanent representation for Agriculture, The Agricultural Attaches and Counsellors. Speakers where Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, Deputy Director DG Agri, EU Commission and representatives from the Swedish food industry in Lantmännen, The Swedish Food Federation as well as the European Federation, Food and Drink Europe. The Swedish Government´s Food Export Coordinator, Johan Krallis Anell, moderated the seminar, raising the questions on how Swedish food production can increase relevance and sales in EU and the world.
In the evening Try Swedish partnered with Region West in Sweden for a concert at Bozar to honour Swedens presidency with a performance from the national orchestra Göteborgs Filharmonikerna accompanied by a Swedish Midsummer serving made by Svenska Kocklandslaget and chef Malin Lönneberg. The evening was hosted by Region Västra Götaland with welcoming remarks from Renee Bengtsson, President Regional Council Västra Götaland and the Ambassador from Sweden to Belgium, Annika Molin Hellgren.
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