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Multi-actor design of low-waste food value chains through the demonstration of innovative solutions to reduce food loss and waste

Project description

Evaluating selected innovations for food waste reduction in the EU

Reducing food loss and waste is a significant priority for the EU. To adequately address the issue, the EU-funded LOWINFOOD project will test the effectiveness of selected innovative solutions following a method that engages actors along the entire food value chain. The main goal of the project is to co-design low-waste value chains in the fruit and vegetable, baked goods and fish sectors, including at-home and out-of-home consumption. The project will validate and demonstrate a set of technological, social and organisational solutions, and evaluate the impact of these innovations in reducing food waste and improving the socioeconomic and environmental performance of the value chains. The LOWINFOOD consortium is made up of universities, research institutions, startups, foundations, associations and companies related to the food sector.


LOWINFOOD supports the reduction of food loss and waste in European Union by demonstrating innovative solutions following a multi-actor approach that involves actors along the entire value chains. The main objective of the project is to co-design, together with actors of the food chain, low-waste value chains by supporting the demonstration of a portfolio of innovations in the fruits & vegetables, bakery products and fish value chains, as well as in a-home and out-of-home consumption.
Proposed solutions are already tested as prototype in lab or in relevant environment but are waiting to be validated and demonstrated to TRL 7/8. The impact of the innovations will be evaluated by providing evidence of (i) their efficacy in reducing food loss and waste in different food value chains, (ii) improving the socio-economic performance of these value chains, and (iii) reducing the environmental impact of the value chains concerned.
LOWINFOOD comprises seven interrelated work packages, among which four deal with the demonstration and market replication of the innovations addressed by the project (WP2-5), one to be started before the demonstration of innovations, and seeking to implement a multi-actor approach to support the evaluation of the innovations and including the identification of the methodology, the definition of the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and the actual evaluation (WP1), one to communication, dissemination and market replication (WP6) and one for project coordination management (WP7).
The LOWINFOOD consortium includes universities, research institutes, start-ups, foundations, associations and companies working in the food sector with expertise in all relevant scientific and technical areas covered by the project: innovation, demonstration, knowledge transfer, dissemination, policy advice and marketing strategy.

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Net EU contribution
€ 714 422,50
Via s maria in gradi 4
01100 Viterbo

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Centro (IT) Lazio Viterbo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00

Participants (27)