The Innovative Food System programme supports a sustainable, profitable and innovative food chain at every stage.

Our objective is to produce healthy and sustainably produced food, support a circular economy in the food system and use digital and smart technologies at different stages of the chain. We aim to achieve an internationally competitive and responsible food chain and wellbeing of consumers.

Main focus areas:

Innovative primary production

  • Sustainable and competitive plant production systems
  • Sustainable and competitive animal production systems
  • Optimal utilization of genetic potential of livestock
    and plants by genomics
  • Novel primary production concepts

Healthy and sustainable food and feed

  • Resource-efficient processing
    • Bioprocessing  –  Functional starters and enzymes as processing tools, revisiting traditional techniques
    • Liquid and semi-solid processing with on-site analytics (Bench and pilot scale)
    • Feed processing and functionality (ruminants, companion animals)
  • Added value ingredients
    • Extraction of food side-streams and processing for new food ingredient and feed
    • Value added components (phenolic components, peptides) to enhance the health properties
  • Food  and feed quality and safety
    • Chemical characteristics (esp. secondary metabolites), dietary properties, “Omics” – methods
    • Long experience and wide expertise in protein research (food, feed, functionality, nutrition)
    • Microbiological, Sensory quality, Functionalities

Circular Economy in the food system

  • Nutrient recycling in agriculture
  • Food waste minimization in the food chain and
    resource efficient concepts
  • Sustainability assessment of the food system

Smart agriculture

  • Smart farming
    • Precision Livestock Farming: automatic animal monitoring using  sensors to
      optimize animal feeding, breeding, health and welfare
    • Precision farming: environmental, profitable and efficient biomass production
    • Optimal control and production in green houses using sensor
    • Robots, drones, Industrial Internet and other enabling technologies
  • Smart food chain
    • Intelligent, networked products, IoT, Traceability
    • Integration and interaction between systems and actors
  • BigData and data mining applications in agriculture
    • Use of genome info in different contexts
    • Utilization of data previously unavailable
    • Big data as management and benchmarking tool

Consumers and markets

  • Understanding the customer
  • Consumer-oriented creation of business value
  • Development of product and service chains

See also