The Minister of Universities and Research Company, Salvador Marín, today stressed the commitment to innovation in processes and products of food businesses in the region to improve their competitiveness and promote internationalization.
The Minister was speaking at the visit to the company Columbia Fruit de Moratalla, with the first aseptic packaging plant in Spain.
Marin said that from the regional government are working hard to increase the culture of innovation, enterprise cooperation and business internationalization as the key to make products that better meet market needs and provide them with greater value added, which is wealth and quality jobs. "
The director highlighted the ongoing work of Columbia Fruit "in R + D + i, internationalization and business cooperation by partnering with SPC Ardmona, one of the leading companies worldwide in canned fruit and owned by Coca-Cola group .
Columbia Fruit is a clear example of how a company can collaborate and grow Murcia with a large multinational generating wealth in the region. "
Also, Salvador Marín has encouraged businesses to make use of different lines and programs of the Industrial Plan of the Region of Murcia which supports R & D + i, to "come to the universities and public research because innovation is available to all, as evidenced by the pilot SME + i ".
SME + i program is an initiative of the Ministry of Universities and Research Company looking for small and medium-sized companies to take the leap to innovation in products and all its management and organization.
For this, among other measures, is the 'Cheque Innovation', in the amount of 5,100 euros each, and a specialized counseling.
"Not only are we putting in place new financial tools and advice for SME innovation, but we are prioritizing the Industrial Plan measures with the cooperation of companies, as reflected in the different tables by sector entrepreneurial drive and encounters we have with employers, "said Marin.
Indeed, the working meeting in Columbia plants Fruit is one of the visits and meetings with entrepreneurs and companies that are held the management team of the Ministry to take the pulse of regional productive sectors.
Columbia Fruit is a company created in 1999 combining tradition and technology, with a Giménez Marín support Hermanos SA, which was founded by Antonio Marín Giménez 52 years ago.
In recent years has made significant investments in innovation, related to aseptic packaging, product development, pitted fruit and disheartened and environmental matters.
Has two special production lines, a controlled product development for infant feeding, and other plastic packaging of fruits.
It has an annual average of 150, reached 400 in peak production times.