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Welcome to Food Nation

The Value Chain of the Danish food and agricultural cluster

In Denmark, the food and agricultural cluster has a strong value chain that encompasses everything from primary production in agriculture and the fishing industry to the wide range of products available to consumers all over the world. Along the way, companies, researchers and public and private organisations work ambitiously to make the Danish food and agricultural industry what it is today. The Danish food and agricultural cluster is known for its close and trusted relationships throughout the value chain – which has earned the Danish farming and food industry its good reputation for delivering strong solutions and effective collaborations.

The DNA of the Danish food and agricultural cluster

Collaboration, quality and sustainability; this is what makes the Danish food and agricultural cluster unique. Maintaining the high quality of Danish farming and food production is a vital part of the Danish food cluster’s DNA, as our companies and governmental regulatory authorities work to maintain Denmark’s position as frontrunners in food quality and safety. The Danish food and agricultural cluster is known for its close ties between researchers, companies and public and private organisations. This collaboration forms the foundation of our unique Danish process for solving challenges through applied knowledge and innovation. A vital part of our DNA is the tradition of constantly looking for better ways of solving challenges – and this covers the whole value chain, from environmentally-friendly agricultural production to the reduction of food loss and waste.

Global challenges

Food production is one of the most important challenges in creating a globally sustainable future. The world’s population grows exponentially every year and is expected to hit 10 billion by 2050. In the next 40 years, we will need to produce as much food as we have done in the previous 8,000 years. Around the world, a growing middle-class is emerging. At the same time, climate change underlines the need for a more sustainable and resource-efficient food production. Already, many countries and regions are suffering the consequences of over-eating and the diseases that follow. Meanwhile, other regions of the world struggle against undernourishment due to the lack of a secure supply or the unequal distribution of food.

Patron of Food Nation

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark is the patron of Food Nation. As a patron, His Royal Highness helps increase the knowledge of Danish food products and solutions to markets around the world.

Hkh. Kronprins Frederik

Team Food Nation

Lise Walbom
+45 23285490
Mie Ole Lauritzen
Head of Business Development and Partnerships
+45 21286639
Marianne Riisbøll
Project Manager
+45 28777913
Maria Dyrby Nielsen
Head of Communication and Project Manager
+45 23998029
Kristin Holme
Senior Project Manager
+45 61276372
Victor Ostenfeld
Project Assistant
+45 24914050
Amalie Obel
Project Assistant
+45 24914050
Kaan Catalkaya
Project Assistant
+45 24914050
Signe Kühn
Project Assistant
+45 24914050

Chairman of the board

Torben Ladegaard
Chairman of the board
+45 20457050


Ministry of Environment and Food
Per K. Christiansen
Head of Department for Food and Environment
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Rasmus Abilgaard Kristensen
Head of Department for Green Diplomacy
Ministry of Business, Industry and financial affairs
Anders Thusgaard
Head of Department
Danish Food and Allied Workers’ Union - NNF
Ole Wehlast
General Secretary
Danish Agriculture and Food Council
Jan Laustsen
Director, Trade and Market Relations
Confederation of Danish Industry
Leif Nielsen
Director, Danish Food and Drink Federation in DI
Christoffer Hage
Vice President, Digitalisation
Carlsberg Denmark
Kristian Henningsen
Director, Group Public Affairs
Danish Crown
Karl Christian Møller
Director, Analysis
Kristian Eriknauer
Vice President, Corporate Responsibility
Ulrik Lund Jakobsen
CEO of GEA Powder & Thermal Separation Technologies