In 2021, Innóvate Peru hired the consortium formed between Cluster Consulting and Discovery & Watch to develop a technological roadmap for the food ingredients industry in Peru, to be executed between April and October 2021. 

Through this, Innóvate Perú, the Technological Institute of Production and the Ministry of Production, the three members of the client's supervision team, seek to increase the added value and the degree of complexity of the food ingredients that Peru exports. The project is expected to have a positive impact on Peru's food exports by promoting the generation of value in the different agricultural chains and by promoting greater productive diversification of the national export supply.

The project is important due to the great diversity of raw materials grown in Peru with the potential to be transformed into vegetable ingredients. Peru is already recognized as an important producer and exporter of different types of superfoods, however, there is an opportunity to promote their transformation into processed ingredients that take advantage of their nutraceutical characteristics, especially in the form of proteins, oils and vitamins. Furthermore, around 100 companies with different sizes and origins that could benefit from a common vision for the ingredients industry have been identified.

For this reason, the project consists of carrying out, in the first place, a basic diagnosis of the ingredients industry, which will consist of conducting a characterization of the ingredient industry at a global, national level and at the level of the main recipient markets (this includes an analysis of the global demand for ingredients, of the available supply of ingredients in Peru, of entry and exit barriers at the international level and of support to the existing industry); a mapping of the value chains and actors for the prioritized raw materials (in principle, quinoa, amaranth, baby quinoa, chia, sacha inchi, avocado, capsicum, chestnut and golden berries); an international benchmarking with respect to 3 countries, and the identification of competitive gaps and opportunities. At this stage, interviews will be conducted with at least 30 actors from the industry, the public sector and the national academy.

Subsequently, based on the diagnosis, we will proceed to the construction and validation of a shared vision for the ingredients industry. This will be developed through participatory workshops in which members of industry, the public sector and academia will be included, and validated in a workshop in which local and international experts will participate.

Finally, the roadmap will be designed in a participatory process that will include actors from the industry, public sector and academia, who will participate in workshops to prioritize gaps and technologies and in the definition of short, medium and long-term actions needed to close the prioritized gaps and move toward achieving the vision.