Food Market at Torvehallerne

Bio Resources & Food in Greater Copenhagen

Photo: Robin Skjoldborg

Denmark is a frontrunner in innovative, sustainable and effective food production and the Danish food cluster is known worldwide for its many strongholds within research, production and gastronomy.

As part of the Ministry for Higher Educataion and Science's 14 new business Clusters, the Food and Bio Cluster has been established. The business and technology area Food and Bioresources covers the supply and value chain from primary production to processing and distribution of food to value creation via biological residual and side streams as well as environmentally and climate-friendly alternatives within, among other things, biogas, materials, chemicals and feed. 

Research in bioresources and food

Food research in Greater Copenhagen (and Denmark) is a broad category covering a whole range of world-leading specialities, making Copenhagen one of the strongest European environments for food research. Research has especially been driven by the development of high-value foods, enzymes and food safety:

  • Quality and safety: Denmark is well-known for a high level of food quality and safety, and the two are considered basic values in the Danish food cluster. For more information download Copenhagen Capacity's fact sheet on Food and Fermentation or visit Foodnation's website.

  • Food fermentation: Strongholds within food fermentation are predominantly rooted at University of Copenhagen FOOD and DTU National Food Institute. Learn more about research on fermentation in Greater Copenhagen by downloading Copenhagen Capacity's fact sheet on Food and Fermentation.

  • Food sustainability: Producing more with less is a core competence in the Danish food cluster. According to Food Nation, who represent the Danish food cluster, Denmark is home to one of the most sustainable and least polluting productions in the world. Read more at Foodnation's website.

  • Organic food production: Denmark is known as an organic frontrunner, and organic food production is a prioritized area politically. The unique and governmentally certified Ø-label has played a significant role in the wide success organic food products have achieved in Denmark throughout the years. Read more about the label at Organic Denmark or visit Foodnation's website to learn more about the Danish strongholds in organic food production. 

Gastronomy in Copenhagen

The gastronomy scene in Copenhagen is booming and well-known for its new Nordic kitchen and many Michelin stars:

  • The new Nordic kitchen: The New Nordic kitchen has gained international appeal around the world and today the kitchen is highly praised internationally. The New Nordic kitchen is characterised by its uniquely Nordic identity among the world’s greatest cuisines and by its commitment to organic, sustainable and local products.

  • Michelin stars: Guide Michelin Nordic Cities 2020 has awarded a total of 23 stars to 16 restaurants in Copenhagen.

Returning meetings on food in Copenhagen

Copenhagen has several returning events on food and gastronomy. Below are a few examples:

Copenhagen Cooking: A ten-day celebration Copenhagens food scene and Denmark as a country of good food.

World Food Summit - Better food for more people: Hosted by the Danish Minister for Environment and Food the World Food Summit has been held in Copenhagen since 2016. The purpose of the summit is to push towards the development of a healthy and sustainable food system for people and planet.

The MAD Symposium: A two-day symposium hosted by the organization MAD (the Danish word for 'food'). The symposium runs on a bi-annual basis in Copenhagen.

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