Innovation
Innovation

Innovation

We are fostering collaboration across the entire food system to develop innovative technologies, products and services.By bringing all players together we want to build a shared vision for the future of food and a shared agenda to transform it and make it better.

Our four innovation programmes

Our role is to guide and accelerate the innovation process that will transform the food system. We are committed to overcoming low consumer trust, creating consumer-valued food for healthier nutrition, building a consumer-centric connected food system and enhancing sustainability through promoting a circular Bioeconomy.  

We are building an inclusive and innovative community where the consumer is actively involved, by empowering consumers to take an active part in the transformation of the food system, as well as building and shaping the innovators of tomorrow. 

Our approach puts the needs and concerns of consumers at the heart of the food value chain, co-creating ideas to drive a more resource-efficient, secure, trusted and transparent food system. 

Inclusive and trusted food system

Inclusive and trusted food system

Discover how we are increasing trust in the food system by increasing the traceability and auditability of food quality, safety and authenticity, and catalysing an overall digitalisation of the food value chain.

Healthier nutrition

Healthier nutrition

Our innovation activities are helping to reduce the prevalence and diet-related risk of developing metabolic diseases through personalised nutrition services, including non-invasive tools, online information services and novel technologies, enabling people to make healthier decisions.

Connected and transparent system

Connected and transparent system

We are increasing the connectivity and transparency of the food system to improve the safety, real-time traceability, quality and sustainability of ingredients benefitting both the consumer and industry.

Circular Bioeconomy

Circular Bioeconomy

We are developing multidisciplinary approaches to encourage a circular Bioeconomy mindset, which reuses biproducts and waste, and increases the environmental sustainability of our food system.

Recent activities

Read all about our recent innovation activities

SureChoc: Sugar reduced chocolate and chocolate chip cookies to meet consumer sensory, naturalness and cost expectation
Innovation

SureChoc: Sugar reduced chocolate and chocolate chip cookies to meet consumer sensory, naturalness and cost expectation

Sugar reduction in foods remains challenging; it is not only the sweetness of sugar but also physiochemical properties and cost that have to be matched

 Interplay between different wheat cultivars and novel biostimulants to increase quality and yield in different agroclimatic conditions
Innovation

Interplay between different wheat cultivars and novel biostimulants to increase quality and yield in different agroclimatic conditions

Improving European farmers' competitiveness through technology transfer and innovation integration is essential to address future challenges in the sector

FROM WASTE TO FARM: insect larvae as tool for welfare improvement in poultry
Innovation

FROM WASTE TO FARM: insect larvae as tool for welfare improvement in poultry

Insect larvae will be reared on food side streams, allowing the valorization of secondary raw materials produced in excess from food industries, and then used as environmental enrichments in laying hens and broilers

RIS countries and regions

RIS countries and regions

If you look forward to getting involved in the revolution of the agrifood system and you are from Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy*, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland* Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain* or Turkey or Ukraine, you cannot miss these challenging activities! 

Learn more about our Regional Innovation Scheme

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Projects are led by members of our EIT Food community.

Latest news

EIT Food Discovered: the trends and innovations driving the future of food & health News

EIT Food Discovered: the trends and innovations driving the future of food & health

17 May 2019

Our Innovation Programme Manager, Lorena Savani, explains her innovation focus on Health & Nutrition and how her project portfolio is helping deliver healthier and more sustainable products and ingredients to....

Food Innovation Wales joins the EIT Food community News

Food Innovation Wales joins the EIT Food community

14 March 2019

We are delighted to announce that Food Innovation Wales has become a Network Partner in EIT Food, Europe’s leading food innovation initiative. Supported by Welsh Government funding, this....