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Inclusive and trusted food system

Inclusive and trusted food system

We are building an inclusive and trusted food system by working to increase consumer trust. This involves promoting an appreciation of the value of food, as well as addressing and overcoming concerns regarding authenticity, food contamination and safety by combining co-creation activities with clear consumer engagement.

There is low consumer trust in our food industry, and consumers are not engaged despite demands for greater transparency and responsibility from the sector. Because the food supply chain is fragmented, people are often disconnected from how food is made, therefore reliable information about safety, quality, integrity, sustainability and traceability would help to increase consumer awareness. 

Our innovation activities actively involve consumers as responsible co-creators. For instance, improving transparency by creating a toolkit to measure consumer trust in different aspects of the food chain, by using a combination of technologies to pre-detect risks and surveying 1,500 consumers on their attitude to trust. 

We are demonstrating how technology and innovation in food are good for consumers by bringing together the latest and best technologies which enable us to make food safer and more transparent. For example, by improving the tracking and tracing of food products, and building portable devices to assess the freshness, nutritional value and identity of fish.

Current projects

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. 

Smart Tags for Improving Consumer Interaction in Food Value Chain

Smart Tags for Improving Consumer Interaction in Food Value Chain

The Smart Tags communication project is set to increase consumer trust towards food products by sharing information about the food product value chain during the whole life-cycle of the product, enabling novel service concepts and interactivity between consumers and the food industry. 

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. 

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. 

FOOD4SENIOR High nutritional and sensory quality Food innovations for the promotion of Senior Health

FOOD4SENIOR High nutritional and sensory quality Food innovations for the promotion of Senior Health

Over 65 years citizens represent the single fastest growing demographic group in Europe (30% of people will be over 65 in 2030), a challenge for the food industry as healthy ageing is affected by daily diet choice: we want to live longer and with a better quality of life. 

Health SnaP

Health SnaP

The purpose of this activity is to support healthy eating by developing a new food manufacturing technology and B2C business concept for at-site customised production of healthy snacks.

Improving trust on fish chain: Rapid and portable monitoring tools for a better control of whitefish

Improving trust on fish chain: Rapid and portable monitoring tools for a better control of whitefish

Fish is a healthy nutritional food. The increasing global market demand coupled with fish-food scandals, has generated a high level of safety concerns around fish consumption.

FUNGITIME

FUNGITIME

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

Lab on a chip - Early-warning platform for food safety

Lab on a chip - Early-warning platform for food safety

Every year, over 23 million people in Europe fall ill from unsafe food, leading to 5,000 death cases. 

LeguComf

LeguComf

Innovative tools to produce legume-based foods for increased consumer acceptance

A population-level shift towards more plant-based diets is urgently needed because of environmental reasons, but also due to its health effects.

NMR-based MetabolomIcs foR orgAniC miLk authEntication (NMR-MIRACLE)

NMR-based MetabolomIcs foR orgAniC miLk authEntication (NMR-MIRACLE)

This project will develop an analytical service to authenticate organic milk and enhance transparency throughout the dairy supply chain. This responds to an increasing consumer demand for strong commitment of the food industry to robust authentication of organic food across the EU.

Pressure for healthier and more natural fat-based foods (underPRESSURE)

Pressure for healthier and more natural fat-based foods (underPRESSURE)

Consumers are increasingly demanding healthier products to fulfil their personalised nutrition needs and more natural foods (clean label) in which they can put their trust. Both are nowadays key and challenge drivers for the food industry.

Quality Information Services and Dietary Advice for Personalized Nutrition in Europe

Quality Information Services and Dietary Advice for Personalized Nutrition in Europe

To further develop and test a digital platform as a supporting basis for creating and delivering personalised nutrition (PN) services in Europe via a non-profit organisation with payable services/memberships to cover operational costs. Services are scientifically validated and designed for use by companies, healthcare services, researchers, and professionals wanting to provide consumers with improved personalised nutrition advice and services.

REIMS-based analysis platform for improved traceability and consumer purchase intention of high-end food products

REIMS-based analysis platform for improved traceability and consumer purchase intention of high-end food products

As a result of the globalization of the food supply chain, ensuring the safety, quality and integrity of the food we eat has become increasingly difficult. 

ThermoBlue

ThermoBlue

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

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

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.