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The Danish food cluster is the 3rd largest in the world, employing around 200,000 people, and the 2nd largest in Europe. Some of the largest food companies, such as Arla, AarhusKarlshamn, DuPont, and Danish Crown, have chosen to place their headquarters and R&D centres in Aarhus.

Reinventing food

Food-related knowledge and research partnerships are readily available in Aarhus. Our cooperative mindset is formalised through a wide range of networks that can benefit your business from the outset.


In two international benchmark studies, the Danish food industry is ranked no. 1 in food innovation in EU (Bank of Ireland and LEI for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs).


Agro Food Park is one of Europe’s most powerful centres for food innovation. It combines knowledge and entrepreneurship to accelerate innovation and handle the growing complexity of modern agriculture and food production. It encompasses issues such as sustainability, cultural and societal values as well as profitable and healthy food production for businesses, regardless of size.


Recently the dairy giant Arla decided to place its Global Innovation Centre in Agro Food Park in Aarhus. This will be the center of product development for Arla worldwide.


Food innovation in Aarhus is supported by a comprehensive research and education effort carried out at Aarhus University, VIA University College and Danish Technological Institute. The 700+ researchers and specialists have a strong tradition for joint projects in all aspects of the value chain with R&D specialists from the business world. Aarhus University ranks among the world’s top 10 universities for agricultural and food science (U.S. News Best Global Universities).



"Our innovation unit in Aarhus is a significant catalyst for DuPont’s developments within food. This is why we plan to invest further in Denmark. Our research centre in Aarhus is world-class. Some of the world’s leading scientists of food ingredients work here."


Matthias Heinzel
President, DuPont Nutrition & Health


Updated: 07.4.2017

Department: Mayor's Department

Comment: Business Aarhus


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