Open Innovation Days

Open Innovation Days with PHW Group

Pitch your company to a leading food industry player in this digital event

We cordially invite you to apply to a pitching event together with PHW Group, one of Europe’s leading poultry producers and processors and one of the largest companies in the German food industry.


The event is taking place virtually on 30 June 2021.


You will have access to specific training, pitching, pre-arranged meetings with top decision-makers from the PHW Group and the possibility to network with high-level partners and like-minded innovators in a dedicated online event (a detailed agenda will follow).

Who can participate?

Applications are open to all companies working on innovations related to the challenges set out below. We welcome other innovative solutions that could be of interest for the food processing industry.

Challenge I Hygiene

Hygiene at the different work stations, efficient cleaning, new cleaning materials and technologies, alternative clothing for the personnel and real time recording of the hygiene status are current challenges looking for innovative solutions.

Challenge II Industrial Automation

Machine2Machine communication, AI, robotics, advanced sensing, and advanced materials with the potential to change the poultry industry and secure future competitiveness. This refers especially to precise alternative cutting of non-standardized, naturally grown poultry parts to minimise losses. It also includes continuous tumbling for marinating meat to minimise leftovers and autonomise the process.

Challenge III Sensor Technology

Focus is in automatically sensing, measuring and quality grading different poultry parts such as wings, breasts, legs, thighs, etc., and detect locations for robotic manipulators to grasp or operate on the parts. Of additional interest is the detection of bones, cartilage, foils, metals and plastic during the various productions stages. Furthermore, we are looking for sensors for gathering climate data and for technical solutions, which help to optimize the climate during the transportation of live birds on trucks.

Challenge IV Packaging

With regard to packaging innovations, we are specifically looking for solutions shelf life optimisation, packing of mixed cartons or QC of labelling.

The PHW Group, based on its business interests, will select the final participants among the applicants.

Opportunities for selected companies

Privileged access to a leading corporate with the potential to initiate strategic partnerships along with increased visibility and possible access to new markets

Networking opportunities with relevant business counterparts based on your company profile

Personalised online training before the event

Services related to support before, during and after the event


In your application form, you should include an answer to the questions:

What are your expected specific synergies/outcomes for your potential business with the PHW Group?
At which level is your technology currently?
Provide a short description of your solution.

Please acknowledge the information you provide on the application form which will be shared with the PHW Group and their associated companies to maximise potential benefits and ensure the effectiveness of meetings. The PHW Group, based on its business interests, will select the final participants among the applicants.

Applications are open until 14 May 2021.

Participation at the event is for free.

PHW Group

The core business area of the PHW Group, located in Rechterfeld (Lower Saxony) in Germany, is the production and marketing of high-quality poultry specialities under the WIESENHOF brand. In 2018, the alternative protein sources business unit was launched. The PHW Group has entered into a number of strategic partnerships within this framework. In addition to these two business units, the Group also operates a health business unit.

The PHW Group, which consists of more than 35 subsidiaries, employs over 7,000 staff across Europe. In the 2018/2019 financial year, the Group reported sales totalling € 2.7 billion.


Athanasios Papaioannou


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