With its international co-operations, the DIL is involved in the development and establishment of new procedures for food production all over the world. The far-reaching international co-operations not only increase our work’s level of excellence, they also form the basis for entirely new technological achievements. In the past ten years, the institute has successfully taken on many subject areas on different levels.
FOOD2020 is an INTERREG VA Project which provides small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the food industry in the Germany-Netherlands border region with financial and technical support in the implementation of innovative ideas.
FOOD2020 aims to get the food industry in the German-Dutch border region fit for 2020. The activities of the project aim specifically at cross-border cooperation between companies on the one hand and experts and industry-related research institutes on the other, for the stimulation of technology transfer and the development of innovation within the companies. The project's goal is to progressively establish a model region for a viable food industry in the project area. Twenty-five cross-border feasibility studies and ten innovation projects are being funded, in which companies develop new products, processes and services.
SMEs from the project region who are still interested in participating in the project are invited to contact us to discuss their possibilities within the project.
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Further information is available at www.food2020.eu.
As part of the Germany-Netherlands INTERREG V A programme, FOOD2020 is being financed with funds from the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRE). The programme is co-financed by:
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is a service provider, operating globally in international co-operations for sustainable development. The versatile Know-How of the government-owned company GIZ is employed by the German federal government, Institutions belonging to the European Union, the United Nations as well as the governments of other states. One of the main goals is the food security and advancement of economic progress in developing and emerging countries through targeted on-site actions.
In developing and emerging countries, the lack of modern harvesting -, transportation and preservation technologies is one of the key reasons for the loss of vital resources. Agricultural yields cannot keep up with population growth. As a consequence, foodstuffs become more expensive and poorer people are not able to afford them. At the same time, the growing demand offers opportunities for small farming enterprises. To support them, the German Food Partnership (GFP) was founded, a private-public initiative with the objective of reducing hunger and poverty in developing and emerging countries. This initiative is coordinated by the DIL on behalf of the BMZ, it realizes supra-regional projects in developing and emerging countries to improve the population’s nutritional situation.
The DIL is one of the GFP’s partners and conveys necessary Know-how within co-operations with international research institutes and the participants in different projects. The project Potato Initiative Africa (PIA) focuses on the competitiveness of value-added chains of potato production in Nigeria and Kenia. In both countries, the sweet potato is important for domestic requirements. Due to a lack of working logistic infrastructure and modern production technologies, however, the enlargement of this value-added chain is limited.
The DIL is involved with project partners on site and advises the farmers and processing companies with regards to more efficient processing possibilities, logistics, and quality management. The goal lies in transferring know-how in all areas of the sector and in establishing networks for cooperation in research and development. Another example is the cooperation in Mongolia, in which the institute is supported by the GIZ. The institute is supporting the local meat and dairy industries in the development and implementation of new procedures for the processing and safe preservation of foodstuffs.
HighTech Europe is an initiative formed by European research organizations, industrial associations and businesses, which was initiated as a network of excellence by means of a European grant. Its long-term objectives lay in securing a sustainable network and in advancing the transfer of knowledge and technology into the food industry. This was achieved through the creation of the research platform Food Tech Innovation Portal (Food TIP). Through this platform, the associated members (roughly one third of them being small and mid-sized enterprises) are still interconnected, profiting to this day from first-hand information on the newest process technologies. Food TIP and its network are continuously being developed further.
The DIL is the coordinator of High Tech Europe.
The most important part of the network is a knowledge database for the food sector designed like an encyclopedia, the Food Tech Innovation Portal (Food TIP). The database offers its users various options for virtual research and mutual exchange. The Food TIP aims at becoming a central go-to address for pooled information, which promotes networking in food processing and addresses itself to persons interested in “open innovation”. This way, the application of new technologies in the food sector will be forwarded, so that especially the competitiveness of the smaller and mid-sized enterprises, which do not have their own research- and development facilities, will be improved.
EU Scouting is an individual service offered by the DIL. Since 2013, companies can use it to establish or expand research and development activities in the European research area. In this context, many enterprises are interested in obtaining funding within the EU-Initiative “Horizon 2020”. Horizon 2020 is the EU’s research and innovation program, its objective is the EU-wide establishment of a society based on knowledge and innovation, while also contributing to a sustainable development.
The individual consulting is carried out through the DIL’s representation in Brussels, where the expectations and requirements of the company are identified in a first interview, the results of which then serve as the basis for preparing an offer. The EU-Scouting’s services include requirement analyses of the company as well as a screening of current research & development activities and of the research actors in the European area. Additionally, tenders within Horizon 2020 and other transnational programs are analyzed and enterprises supported in the application process and in the search for suitable cooperation partners.
Making “the healthy choice the easy choice” requires knowledge about our dietary habits. This knowledge comes from analysing different types of information such as: What food and drinks are we buying, preparing and eating? Where? Why? How? With whom? In what social and physical context?
New ICT technologies bring opportunities for researchers to monitor and collect information on these behaviours. Every day, consumers and businesses generate “big data” - large volumes of information, that offer detailed descriptions of behaviours, including time and place (e.g. using GPS). If these data-rich sources could be linked and analysed, they have the potential to contribute greatly towards answering key questions to respond to societal challenges regarding food and health (e.g., obesity, cardiovascular disease, sustainability).
RICHFIELDS aims to design a consumer-data platform, to collect and connect, compare and share information about our food behaviours, to revolutionise research on every-day choices made across Europe. RICHFIELDS seeks to determine what facilities, resources, and services can support research to learn more about what we choose to eat, and how and why we make those choices.
EUFIC’s role in RICHFIELDS:
Read EUFIC's Food Today article, EU project RICHFIELDS: A data platform to learn more about consumers’ dietary choices. RICHFIELDS is a 3-year project that began Oct 2015, and has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654280.
For more information, visit www.richfields.eu.
Application of edible insects in western food products
In March 2016 DIL together with research and industrial partners started working international project of testing insect biomass application for the development of food products. ENTOMOFOOD aims for processing technologies development for new business models and adaptation by this time, when European market opportunities are expected to get established. That’s why the project is aimed on processing stage improvement for insects biomass transformation into safe and sustainable intermediate industrial matrices (powder and texturized paste) leaving the space for innovation and product development of SMEs.
Application of innovating processing technologies (microwave drying and high moisture extrusion) allow additional benefits creation comparing to the traditional technologies as the emerging technologies are more efficient and cost effective. Their application would make foods based on edible insects more competitive.