Tast­ing Food for Sci­ence

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

In­no­va­tion in the food in­dus­try has been po­si­tioned as a so­ci­etal chal­lenge with high po­ten­tial for sus­tain­able com­pet­i­tive­ness and growth. Par­tic­u­larly, with in­creas­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity in or­der to meet the de­mands of a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion, but also with mak­ing the mar­ket more fi­nan­cially vi­able and at­trac­tive to the growth of new food busi­nesses.

Food busi­nesses in­tro­duce the ap­pli­ca­tion of novel, mild and sus­tain­able food tech­nolo­gies. The fu­ture suc­cess of these new food tech­nolo­gies de­pends on much more than sim­ply the sci­ence be­hind them. Con­sumer per­cep­tions are the most im­por­tant thing when it comes to food and nutrition. If con­sumers are not will­ing to buy the food, there is no point in pro­duc­ing it.

SUIT4FOOD par­tic­i­pated in this year’s Sci­ence in the City (Malta) where more than 100 peo­ple vis­ited their stand to taste dif- fer­ent foods treated with al­ter­na­tive food tech­nolo­gies. These food prod­ucts were kindly pro­vided by one of the project part- ners, CRETA Farms (Greece).

SUIT4FOOD was set up to bring to­gether teach­ing and in­dus­trial staff who are cur- rently work­ing on dif­fer­ent as­pects of food tech­nolo­gies, food safety, ki­netic mod­el­ling, har­mon­i­sa­tion of global food safety reg­u­la­tions and leg­is­la­tion, pub­lic en­gage­ment for food tech­nol­ogy up­take, knowl­edge trans­fer and en­trepreneur­ship de­vel­op­ment. One of the key ben­e­fits the SUIT4FOOD projects aims to achieve, is to train post-grad­u­ate stu­dents on al­ter­na­tive food pro­cesses re­sult­ing in higher prod­uct qual­ity and longer shelf-life, fewer lost sales, re­duc­tion in costs due to lower wa­ter and en­ergy de­mands and con­se­quently sus­tain­able in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion.

SUIT4FOOD (Sus­tain­able In­ter­ven­tion Tech­nolo­gies for con­trol­ling food Safety and Sta­bil­ity) is a Univer­sity of Malta project funded by ERAS­MUS+ Key Ac­tion 2: Strate­gic Part­ner­ships of the Euro­pean Union. This project has been funded with sup­port from the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion.

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