The Program for the Valorization of Cheese of Portugal’s Center Region involves a partnership consortium made up of 15 regional and local entities:
InovCluster – Agroindustrial Cluster Association of the Center is a private non-profit Association, which aims to contribute to the affirmation of the Central Region of Portugal at the national and international level, establishing a platform for concertation between the key players in this sector and supporting companies in innovation processes, RTD, transparency of knowledge, training, development of new products, services and processes, marketing and internationalization.
The Castelo Branco Agro-Food Technological Support Center (CATAA) is a technological, scientific and training association, non-profit and private in nature, which provides technical and technological support to the agro-industry in three major areas of intervention:
– Innovation and New Product Development;
– Applied Research and Technological Development and
– Capacity Building and Service Provision.
The mission of CBPBI – Center for Plant Biotechnology of Beira Interior is to create knowledge and enhance research in plant biotechnology associated with the productive sectors of agriculture, forestry and aromatic and medicinal plants. This is an association committed to regional development.
The Intermunicipal Community Viseu Dão Lafões is an intermunicipal public entity of an associative nature and territorial scope whose main mission is to build, with its associated municipalities and all the economic, social and cultural, public and private agents of the territory, the intervention priorities that, as a whole, contribute to the Viseu Dão Lafões Region becoming an innovative, enterprising, attractive and competitive region, enabling its sustainable growth and economic and social cohesion.
The Intermunicipal Community of Coimbra Region is a public intermunicipal entity of an associative nature of territorial scope that has as objectives:
– the promotion of the planning and management of the economic, social and environmental development strategy of the territory covered;
– the articulation of municipal investments of inter-municipal interest;
– the participation in the management of support programs for regional development, namely in the scope of management and/or contractualization of community funds;
– the planning of the actions of public entities, of supra-municipal nature.
The Intermunicipal Community of Beira Baixa is a collective person of public law, of associative nature and territorial scope, which aims to achieve common interests of the municipalities that integrate it, stimulating the integrated and collective development, enhancing partnerships, creating synergies and maximizing results. In this way, it is able to implement management practices that identify and meet the needs of the associated municipalities and develop strategies that lead to greater intermunicipal cohesion, with results in improving the quality of life and the sustained development of the region.
The Intermunicipal Community of Beiras and Serra da Estrela is a public intermunicipal entity of an associative nature of territorial scope whose mission is to enhance, promote the development of the region, optimize and defend the common interests of the associated municipalities and strengthen the joint identity of the region through the articulation of interests and creation of synergies and stimulating the integrated and collective development, valuing partnerships and maximizing results.
The Polytechnic Institute of Viseu is a public higher education institution at the service of society, whose objectives are high level qualification, the production and diffusion of knowledge, as well as the cultural, artistic, technological and scientific training of its students, within a framework of international reference.
The Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco is a public higher education institution, whose mission is the high level qualification of citizens, the production and diffusion of knowledge, as well as the cultural, artistic, technological and scientific formation of its students in an international reference framework.
The Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra is a higher education institution globally oriented towards the pursuit of the objectives of polytechnic education, namely:
a) The training of students with a high level of qualitative demand, in humanistic, cultural, scientific, artistic, technological and professional aspects;
b) The preparation of its students for their insertion and integration into the world of work and for a successful professional performance;
c) Training professionals with problem-solving, cooperative work and leadership skills, developing their commitment to ethical behavior and respect for others and society, preparing them to be demanding, informed, productive, responsible citizens who are actively involved in the cultural, educational, economic, scientific, social and political development of the community;
d) To carry out research and applied investigation activities;
e) The provision of services to the community, with a view to the transfer of knowledge and reciprocal valorization;
f) To exchange with national, foreign and international institutions;
g) Contribution, within the scope of its activities, to international cooperation and to the encounter between peoples and communities;
h) The creation of an environment of debate and open exchange of ideas, where creativity, discovery and the personal and social development of all its members may occur.
The Serra da Estrela National Association of Sheep Breeders is a non-profit organization of sheep farmers, pioneer in the sector.
Although it is national in scope, it focuses its activities on the Serra da Estrela breed of sheep and its main objectives are: to ensure the purity and selection of Serra da Estrela sheep; to contribute to the technical and economic development of holdings in this breed; to assist and defend the legitimate interests of its members and represent them in dealings with public and private institutions; to defend and guide the typification of the select products of this breed.
The Cheese Producers of Castelo Branco District Association is a collective entity that has as its main mission the management of the Protected Designations and Origin that are entrusted to it – Queijos da Beira Baixa DOP, Requeijão da Beira Baixa DOP and Travia da Beira Baixa DOP.
The Association seeks to contribute to ensure the authenticity, quality and reputation of their products, performs and collaborates in promotion and dissemination activities as well as others that enhance them, along with all this, keeps a permanent surveillance of the market in order to prevent abusive or unauthorized use of the protected names.
APRORABAÇAL – Rabaçal Products Association aims to promote the production of Rabaçal Cheese in order to maintain and manage the Protected Designation of Origin “Rabaçal Cheese” and promote other products of the region.
The Cooperativa Agropecuária dos Agricultores de Mangualde is a multi-sector cooperative institution of reference in the Mangualde region, composed of four autonomous sections (Purchase and Sale, Red Fruits, CIDECA and Milk Producers), which congregates and harmonizes interests with one mission: to dignify the agricultural sector.
ESTRELACOOP is the group managing the brand “Serra da Estrela (PDO)”, Serra da Estrela cheese, Serra da Estrela Velho cheese, Serra da Estrela curd cheese and Serra da Estrela lamb.
It is based in Celorico da Beira and its activities include technical support for its members, protection of the Serra da Estrela Protected Designation of Origin, marketing of Serra da Estrela cheese, its derivatives and equipment/products related to farming.