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In 2016, The Korea National Food Cluster is applying changes as follows



1.Creating the National Food Cluster industrial complex


The industrial complex development work, which started in March 2014, is expected to be completed by the end of 2016 with the possibility of starting the construction of the factory. The company is hoping to move into the complex early this year.


2.Completing the construction of the company supporting facility in the Korea National Food Cluster


The Korea National Food Cluster supporting center is currently being operated in two separate temporary research center at Gwacheon and Iksan. After the construction project is over, the facility will be moved to the industrial complex for operation.

* Food Quality and Safety Center, Functional Food Evaluation Center, Food Packaging Center, Pilot Plant, Food Venture Center (Rental factory), and Agency for National Food Cluster


3.Establishing a one-stop support system for resident companies


If the industrial complex management agency is moved from the current Korea Industrial Complex Corporation to the support center, it would be possible to provide one-stop support to the resident companies moving into the complex.

* < (Tentatively named) the Special Act on Assigning and Operating the Regulatory Free Zone> Enforced after enactment


4.Starting the Movement into the Foreign Investment Zone (FIZ)


Designating a part of the global food zone in the 116,000m² industrial complex as the Foreign Investment Zone (FIZ) (’15.10.12)

* (Residence Requirements) The foreign investment company needs to be registered with 30% or more foreigner investment ratio and commit to a minimum of foreigner investment amount equivalent to 100 million KRW.


5.Expanding the hiring of foreign experts


Expanding the foreigner expert hiring limit from 20% to 30% for a foreigner investment companies.

* Overseas sales representatives, interpreters, and translators


 6.Expanding technical assistance for the food company


‘Facilitating joint technology research on the functionality, quality and safety, and packaging by securing a technology development support budget of 800 million KRW, which is increased by 300 million KRW than the budget allocation for 2015.

* (Support Fields) Evaluating the standardization, effectiveness, taste, scent, and texture of functional foods Analyzing the preferential quality, evaluating food packaging safety, and designing the packing material quality

* (Support Companies) 6 companies -> 11 companies (Increase 5 companies)


7.Supporting the overseas sales promotion activities of food companies


Supporting product display and sales promotion of the future resident companies by using the National Food Cluster investment invitation hall during overseas investment invitation seminars and expos.


8.Establishing the system for supporting the cultivation and supply of food industry manpower


  • Operating three education programs such as the short-term function, specialized education, and management education for developing and strengthening the competence of food industry manpower.
  • Support for the resident companies’ participation in job fairs and holding job fairs to hire young workforce

* Visiting nearby high schools and universities to promote industry-academia cooperation


9.Setting up a system for supporting food ventures


  • Selecting good companies through food venture competitions and supporting their movement into the food venture center which will be used as a rental factory.
  • Holding seminars and technical presentations on venture business certification for resident companies, prep entrepreneurs, etc.



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