CRFS Lab description

The Food lab in Vejle is promoted by Culinary Institute which is an existing platform to connect innovators and stakeholders in Food and Gastronomy.



Vejle provides an ample infrastructure for CRFS innovation in existing complementary living-labs for food innovation, urban resilience and community engagement which will be bridged conceptually and mutually dynamized through CITIES2030 framework and activities. Vejle builds from established capacity as one of 100 Resilient Cities globally and brings deep experience and global network for city resilience. The Vejle pilot activities will showcase circular economic innovation across industrialized UFSE, enhanced with the concept of urban metabolism for truly closed loops

Welcome to Vejle! A growing Danish municipality of 115.000 inhabitants, of which 55.000 live within the main city, Vejle.

Our city is growing and our aim is to attract more citizens and students, foster new businesses and ensure that new local jobs are created. By 2030 we want to reduce our Co2 emissions by 70% in alignment with the goals set out in the Paris agreement. We believe that ambitions on growth, attractivity and climate neutrality go hand in hand as part of being a resilient future-fit city.
Our location within Denmark is central – geographically and logistically we connect North, South, East and West. For centuries, Vejle has been an important center for trade and commerce and today it continues to be both a relevant hub for businesses and a vibrant place for city shopping. Specialization
The area around Vejle is known as the Danish manufacturing center and in Vejle this is particularly related to the food sector. Of the total private employment, 20% (8.000 jobs) are related to food industries – across agriculture, industrial processing, food service or related industries such as packaging and process equipment.

Privileged with access to water, a rich nature and historic and cultural sites, tourism is important in Vejle. Gastro-tourism is gaining traction with small scale producers collaborating, and also the city food scene is on the rise with michelin star level restaurants. Food Innovation In the business park Food Innovation House we facilitate the collaboration and continued development of the food industry in our area, including supporting new start-ups. The municipality has created the Culinary Institute by Vejle, which aims to support the positive development around food production and food as service and experience. And more dimensions are added, as we also work towards the public service and the broader role of food in connection with health and wellbeing, education and culture.

Future-fit city
Vejle is part of the Cities2030 project to support our ambition of a prosperous and sustainable future. We see food as much more than nutrition – it feeds not only the people of our city, but is central to our growth and attractivity. Also the food production and agriculture in our area accounts for about 35% of the Co2 emissions and with our climate action plan we will also be looking to find new solutions and grow new partnerships with the food sector.

In the framework of Cities2030 we will set up a temporary living lab that connects our businesses, citizens, knowledge institutions and the municipality itself to explore how food system affects our city and experiment with new solutions to improve status-quo.
No one part has the answers alone and therefore we believe the living lab concept will bring us value. The prospect of working together with other cities and gain network and learning is a big motivation for Vejle as our capacity as a mid-sized city is limited.