Flanders’FOOD has been benchmarked according to a benchmarking approach developed and performed by the "European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis" of VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH. The benchmarking interviews were carried out by specifically trained Benchmarking Experts from various countries. By participating in this benchmarking the cluster organisation has expressed its interest in striving for cluster excellence and is awarded with the European Cluster Management Excellence label in BRONZE. This benchmarking exercise was performed in the context of the European Cluster Excellence Initiative, a project co-financed by the DG Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission. The benchmarking took place on January 27th, 2012. The certificate expires on January 27th, 2014.