On 19 January 2019, the „Baltic Sea Food“ project was introduced to media and visitors at the International Green Week (Internationale Grüne Woche) fair in Berlin.
Ten partner countries from around the Baltic Sea presented a variety of local food and drink products from their region. The products included smoke sauna ham from South-Estonia, salami from Fanø island in Denmark, shrimp cocktail from the Lyngenfjord region in Norway and dried cucumbers from the Pskov region in Russia. The presentation was opened by the Minister of Rural Affairs of Estonia, Mr Tarmo Tamm, and the Minister of Agriculture of Lithuania, Mr Giedrius Surplys. Mrs Kerli Nõges, the representative of the project’s lead partner, the Ministry of Rural Affairs of Estonia, presented a short introduction on the main objective and content of the project.
The aim of the „Baltic Sea Food“ initiative is to design a sustainable and transferable business model for B2B (business-to-business) food distribution, which is applicable for food networks established by local producers and providers in rural areas. The outcome of the project should be a practical tool, which enables establishing smooth and cost-efficient sales channels for distributing local food products to hotels, restaurants, tourism farms and farm shops. The aim is to have better opportunities for visitors and local inhabitants to enjoy local food. Using feedback from 80 local food networks and 109 distributors, a survey mapping the current situation and main challenges in local food distribution has already been conducted.
The project partnership involves 14 organisations from 10 Baltic Sea countries. The “Baltic Sea Food” project is partially financed by the INTERREG Baltic Sea Programme 2014-2020.