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Final Report - SMES-NET (SMEs Networking European Food Safety Stakeholders)

Project ID: 514050
Funded under: FP6-FOOD


This is the final activity report of SMES-NET, a project worked to establish the roots of a permanent European network linking Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the food and beverage industry with research institutions and with consumers and nutritionists. The objective was to provide consumers with better and healthier food and beverages through more demand-driven scientific research on food safety innovation, nutritional value and raw materials and technology.

This document, or better vision paper, aims to incorporate into an overall picture the factors that could positively drive the European Food and drink sector (F&D), by describing those measures and strategies that can stimulate Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to employ innovation more widely.

The medium- and long-term impact of all these orientations would be to shape and promote the competitiveness of the European food sector. The importance of this sector to Europe is much greater than its significant economic value, it is an essential element of cultural identity. The success with which the European food sector will conciliate tradition with modernity will be a major factor in determining its overall success.

SMEs-NET boosted SME participation in food research, while bringing into clear focus the socio-economic and cultural aspects of such research. The project aimed to help break a vicious cycle in which new food technology is prohibitively expensive for SMEs to adopt due to the high cost of learning complex new tasks, training personnel, and communicating with consumers. It targeted improving the low adoption rates for innovative food processing methods and technologies among SMEs.

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