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Food Innopolis

The food industry is one of the top industries driving the Thai economy. It is central to manufacturing, exports, business building, employment, and utilization of the nation’s raw materials. Farmers in all parts of the country make up parts of the supply chain and thereby gain valuable income for their families and communities. However, these days, Thailand’s agro-industry faces steep competition. Most of Thailand’s food products are low-priced basic agricultural commodities, and the level of demand for them is uncertain and fluctuating. It is essential to restructure Thailand’s agro-food industry to transition towards producing High Value Added, or HVA, products that are differentiated from those of competitors, are highly in demand, and can sell for high prices. This will make the Thai food industry more competitive, and will mean more income for farmers in the long term. This all depends on research, development and innovation. 

22 September 2015, the Cabinet approved a cluster policy, focusing on developing industrial clusters with good potential to strengthen the national economy in the future. Food Innopolis was named as a Super Cluster to help move the cluster policy forward towards tangible success.


The establishment of Food Innopolis can sharpen Thailand’s competitiveness by:

  1. Boosting export earnings by intensifying innovations in High Value Added (HVA) food products
  2. Accelerating private investment in food industry R&D, sponsoring increased hiring in R&D positions.
  3. Making Thailand into an important technology and innovation R&D hub in ASEAN that supports a thriving HVA food industry with new ideas for health food products, functional food products, nutri-pharmaceuticals, high-end ingredients, flavorings, fragrances and essences, health-promoting fats and oils, high quality fruits and vegetables, and innovation promoting businesses.

16 May 2016, the Cabinet assigned National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office: STI (now known as the Office of National Higher Education Science Research and Innovation Policy Council) under the Ministry of Science and Technology (now known as the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation) to act as the primary host of the Food Innopolis project. The aim is to develop Food Innopolis as a space that is well equipped with the necessary infrastructure e and personnel to facilitate important food science, technology and innovation projects with the full cooperation of institutes of higher learning, research institutes and other organizations in forming beneficial public-private partnerships. When these partnerships are strong, and when suitable tax incentives are provided, it will encourage more investment by leading Thai and foreign firms in food industry R&D here. They might be interested to invest in innovations in testing, analysis, quality standards systems, traceability tracking, production design and engineering, high-level elite skills training, new products research, prototype products development and testing, food packaging and transport innovations, or information technology applications for food science and the food industry.


On 27 May, 2016, the Ministry of Science and Technology held an agreement signing ceremony at the Food Innopolis Coordination Office in National Innovation Agency, the Ministry of Science and Technology to cement the ties between 35 agencies, comprising 12 universities,9 government agencies, 13 private companies, and one association. Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, who was Deputy Prime Minister at that time, presided over the agreement signing ceremony.  The main objective of the agreement was to harness the strengths of diverse actors from all 3 sectors to set strategic goals for food industry innovations that would fit in well with the predicted trends of the global food industry market. This model uses the good gorvernence to create synergy between private and public sector agencies and institutions of higher learning to harmoniously cooperate in driving forward the Thai food industry and Food Innopolis‘s other related objectives.


On 17 February, 2017, Food Innopolis organized the Food Innopolis Open House at the Thailand Science Park in Pathum Thani. Agreements were signed with 17 public and private agencies, including universities, to join in driving the Food Innopolis vision forward.


At present, Food Innopolis operates as one agency under the control of the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA). There are 15 allied agencies in the Food Innopolis network that come from all regions of the country. Food Innopolis is developing its One Stop Service (OSS) platform to try to meet the needs of all shapes and sizes of food industry enterprises and to facilitate and encourage greater food industry research, development and innovation at every level. This will help make Thailand’s food industry more competitive. 

Food Innopolis Global Food
Innovation Hub: Gateway to ASEAN

Objectives for establishing Food Innopolis


To attract leading Thai and foreign food companies to invest in food innovations in Thailand


To act as a research and innovation hub for the food industry and a resource for entities seeking to hire researchers


To enable small to and medium enterprises (SMEs) and startups to effectively become a part of the world food supply chain


To restructure the Thai food industry from low value, labor intensive products and services towards high-priced value added products and services by intensively science, technology and innovation


ASEAN’s most comprehensive food innovation platform and one of influential global food innovation hubs


  • Organize a nationwide food innovation infrastructure
  • Integrate food innovation cooperation between public and private sector agencies and develop a service platform to meet the needs of entrepreneurs at every level
  • Develop the innovation capabilities of both entrepreneurs and experts so that they can create high value added products and services that will make Thailand’s food industry more competitive
  • Build national and international food innovation networks and link Thailand into the world food value chain

10-Year goals

(2019 – 2029)



  • Stimulate investment in food industry R&D, technology and innovation
  • Accelerate value added food product innovations to increase export earnings


High income employment

  • Create jobs in R&D for the smart workforce
  • Develop rewarding career paths for researchers in food innovations and related fields


Distribution of prosperity to the local and reduce inequality

  • Rural areas and smaller towns will be developed as economic zones for food innovation, benefitting business enterprises outside of Bangkok and nurturing numerous people involved with production and support businesses in the entire supply chain


Raising Thailand’s capacity for technological innovation

  • Sponsor astronomical growth of new food technology startups
  • Promote SMEs to expand their potential in the area of technology and innovations
  • Upgrade the technology readiness levels of researchers and promote technology transfer to commercial enterprises 
  • Create a food research and innovation infrastructure to benefit the food industry of the future and spread prosperity to all regions of the country


Food safety

  • Develop suitable technology and innovations to impact the development of safe, high-quality food products and reduce problems of product recalls



  • Produce a sufficient amount of high-quality food for the world’s population so that people can enjoy good health, while striving to reduce waste and promote recycling to work towards a sustainable circular economy


Innovation and competitiveness

  • Make Thailand well-known as one of the top food industry innovators in the world