On Tuesday, June 25, Viña Concha y Toro’s Center for Research and Innovation was the venue selected by the Maule Regional Government to hold the Second Advanced Agroindustry and Food Specialization Roundtable. Regional public-sector investment in R&D&I and iconic advanced agroindustry and food sector projects in the Maule Region were the main topics discussed at the event.
Joannes Granja, IDOM Competitiveness and Innovation Project Director, gave a presentation on the current situation and level of progress in the development of the Maule Regional Government’s Innovation Strategy, a summary of the results of the first specialization roundtable, an overview of the strategic pillars and areas of specialization validated in the first roundtable event, and the mechanism for co-creation of relevant advanced agroindustry and food sector projects in the Maule Region.
The Maule Regional Government’s Innovation Strategy aims to convert the region into a Latin American benchmark in sustainability, citizen wellbeing, quality of life and protection of natural resources through a comprehensive production transformation based on the agroindustry, forestry, health and tourism sectors, all of which will be achieved via the strengthening of existing science, technology and innovation capacities.
The IDOM Competitiveness and Innovation Project Director also referred to the performance of Viña Concha y Toro’s Center for Research and Innovation in the development of advanced agroindustry in the region. “The work that the Center is conducting contributes to positioning it as a national and international benchmark, and a vital knowledge and R&D&I agent contributing to the development and innovation of the grape growing and winemaking sector in the Maule Region. The Center has the capacity to provide new technologies and knowledge to the sector, to collaborate in product improvements for the industry, both in terms of raw materials (grapes) and finished goods, and, above all, to create new products to expand its offering,” said Granja.
“Hosting the Second Advanced Agroindustry and Food Specialization Roundtable not only demonstrates Viña Concha y Toro’s commitment to our main grape growing and winemaking region in Chile, but also to the entire regional R&D&I ecosystem in the pursuit of multidisciplinary collaboration opportunities together with public-sector agencies, universities and technological centers under a strategy developed jointly, from and for the region,” said CRI director Gerard Casaubon.