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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.

The food supply chain is fragmented. The lack of co-operation between players hinders the search for new solutions and the creation of a consensus on the direction to take. People are disconnected from how food is made, and the journey food has taken to reach our plate is often unclear due to a lack of transparency. We need a better connected and more transparent food system. 

We are working toward a fully digitalised and connected food system. This will be achieved by advancing digital technologies and increasing engagement between the industry and consumers, as we believe that consumers must be actively engaged in this transformation process.  

Our innovation activities are: 

  • Building a fully integrated digital supply network by creating a demand-driven manufacturing and delivery network, as well as reducing the complexity and improving the efficiency of the supply chain to save resources and reduce waste.  
  • Improving food system transparency and integrity by developing tools and digital solutions which provide information about authenticity, freshness, shelf-life, ingredients, environmental impact and nutritional content. 

Current projects

DACWEED: Detection and ACtuation system for WEED management

DACWEED: Detection and ACtuation system for WEED management

The increasing public concern about food security and the stricter rules applied word wide concerning herbicide residues in the agri-food chain, reduce consumer acceptance of chemical plant protection.

“LINKDAPA”: Linking multi-source data for adoption of precision agriculture

“LINKDAPA”: Linking multi-source data for adoption of precision agriculture

Farmers increasingly generate ‘big’ data about their fields.

ThermoBlue

ThermoBlue

A natural blue food colour that can be used in food products that are heat treated and are acidic is impossible today.

PERSONALIZED and connected FOOD service providers (PERSFO)

PERSONALIZED and connected FOOD service providers (PERSFO)

European consumers are ever more aware that eating healthy is important (IRI, 2017), meanwhile obesity is still increasingly prevalent in almost all countries.

EcoFoodMap Leuven: mapping the food system in and around Leuven

EcoFoodMap Leuven: mapping the food system in and around Leuven

The Eco food map of Leuven is a user-friendly digital food system mapping tool that will allow a thorough understanding of the complexity of the food system in and around Leuven.

Circular Economy Collaboration – Operational EIT portfolio

Circular Economy Collaboration – Operational EIT portfolio

The Cross-KIC project around the circular economy gives an operational portfolio overview of the EIT community efforts in the Circular Economy Framework. The project also aims to strengthen relationships with civil society and institutional partners engaged in the transition towards a circular economy.

Get Wasted: Circular food platform that fights food waste

Get Wasted: Circular food platform that fights food waste

EIT Food West and Growzer launch a circular ecosystem against food waste in the catering and food industry. From a circular perspective, the waste of one player is the raw material for another.

CleanFruit - Standardisation of innovative pest control strategies to produce zero residue fruit for baby food and other fruit produce

CleanFruit - Standardisation of innovative pest control strategies to produce zero residue fruit for baby food and other fruit produce

Fruit crop protection is heavily dependent on chemical pesticides but consumers and fruit processors are increasingly interested in residue-free fruit.

GLAD - Green Last Mile Delivery: a more sustainable way for food home delivery tailored to consumer needs

GLAD - Green Last Mile Delivery: a more sustainable way for food home delivery tailored to consumer needs

Consumers are looking for convenience. This is reflected in the growth of food e-delivery. However, the extra traffic causes problems in dense populated areas and has a high impact on the environment (CO2, particulate matter,….).

Development and implementation of new technology for transportation and storage of live seafood

Development and implementation of new technology for transportation and storage of live seafood

Marine and/or terrestrial transportation and storage of live seafood is an inevitable step in the food producer-consumer chain.

Digital Twin Management

Digital Twin Management

Food safety is one of the major concerns in food production. Improving tracking & tracing especially for the management of food safety events can lead to a faster reaction time and elimination of potentially hazardous products, thus prevention of food borne illnesses and loss of lives.

Better for the environment, better for my health

Better for the environment, better for my health

The starting point is the clear link between the dietary pattern of consumers and the environmental footprint of these patterns.

FUNGITIME

FUNGITIME

Application of fungi protein in the development of sustainable and healthy food products.

The development of organic supply chains that drive fair, transparent and healthy options for the consumer

The development of organic supply chains that drive fair, transparent and healthy options for the consumer

The organic food supply system in Europe must rank among one of the most important in terms of trust. Our citizens make purchasing choices around organic food based on a wide range of issues which include sustainability, ethics, food safety and nutrition.

VALOCAKE, Valorization of rapeseed press cake as multi-functional food ingredients and tasty food

VALOCAKE, Valorization of rapeseed press cake as multi-functional food ingredients and tasty food

It is a global challenge to ensure sufficient food to feed future generations while utilizing natural resources in a sustainable manner.

VITAL: Validation of Innovative Tools to Assess and to improve microbioLogical safety in the food chain

VITAL: Validation of Innovative Tools to Assess and to improve microbioLogical safety in the food chain

Conventional microbiological testing takes time to get results. This impacts the supply chain, causing delays to get to market whilst results come back on finished but not shipped goods.

Our other Innovation programmes

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.

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.