HighTech Europe is an initiative formed by European research organizations, industrial associations and businesses, which was initiated as a network of excellence by means of a European grant. Its long-term objectives lay in securing a sustainable network and in advancing the transfer of knowledge and technology into the food industry. This was achieved through the creation of the research platform Food Tech Innovation Portal (Food TIP). Through this platform, the associated members (roughly one third of them being small and mid-sized enterprises) are still interconnected, profiting to this day from first-hand information on the newest process technologies. Food TIP and its network are continuously being developed further.
The DIL is the coordinator of High Tech Europe.