About us

The Food Pilot helps companies, labs and policy makers with agri-food challenges, such as product development, process optimization or troubleshooting in case of product-technical problems. Through co-creation, we offer solutions based on advice, lab analyses and/or pilot trials on semi-industrial processing equipment.

10th anniversary of Food Pilot

Ten years ago, the Flemish Minister of Economy decided that the pilot infrastructure and technical advice for the food sector could be expanded considerably. The existing "national dairy station" in Melle which is part of ILVO and Flanders' FOOD invested in multifunctional, semi-industrial machinery and, above all, in knowledge and well-oiled support for innovative and solution-seeking companies. Ten years ago? That means it is time for a throwback! It is also time for a look at the future. Which new devices are on the way, and which expertise is being developed further.

Our mission

The Food Pilot offers an integrated package of services ranging from the first innovative idea to a successful end-product. The client can choose support for one, several or all of the steps in an innovation process, accompanied as desired by a project-specific package of testing, analysis and advice. Make contact for an appointment and visit our facilities. We wish you a warm welcome.

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10 years of guidance

After 10 years, we can proudly say that Food Pilot is regularly consulted by companies. More than 300 companies come to us for a first free and non-committal consultation. Various experts join the conversation to troubleshoot or to discuss a particular topic.

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Welcome to the future

To conclude the anniversary, Joris Relaes, administrator general of ILVO, points to the societal value of a full-on, lifelong commitment to a sustainable agri-food chain. He remarks that this meets the European Commission’s Green Deal goals. ILVO strives to attain these European goals, and to meet the demands of the Flemish minister Hilde Crevits’ call for action against food losses and in favor of the proteins shift through the ‘Food Changers’ campaign.

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