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Sustainable optimization of the value chain of added-value fresh and dried berries through the integration of Precision Agriculture management strategies and innovative dehydration and edible coating

Objective

Maintaining a healthy diet requires sufficient consumption of fruits and vegetables. However, nowadays, the fast pace of modern lifestyle discourages individuals from reaching their optimal daily intake via consumption of fresh fruits/vegetables, ultimately creating an increasing demand for natural, nutritive, healthy and personalized ready-to-eat snacks. It is also an accepted actuality that there is a lack of healthy food snacks for personalized nutrition in the market. Hence, the development of such products, which can also be tailor-made to the needs of specific groups (young children, elderly, diabetic, sportive etc.), is a long-awaiting innovation. FRIETS project aims in training crossdisciplinary scientists from 5 European countries, in collaboration with international SMEs, for the development and marketization of personalized, nutritious and innovative, soft fruit smart snacks that contain no added sugar, sodium or chemical preservatives, as a palatable way to increase daily fruit consumption. FRIETS smart snacks will include novel processed berries (strawberry, raspberry and blackberry) with superior quality and nutritional characteristics, as well as extended shelf-life. Pre-harvest management practices will be optimized for cultivating high-quality berries. Low impact post-harvest technologies will be developed and optimised including (1) mild and energy efficient drying techniques (e.g. osmotic dehydration, freeze drying, microwave vacuum drying or their combination) using limited or no sugar or salt, and low temperatures, (2) composite or multi-layered edible coatings, based on micro- and macro-algae components, including encapsulated or non-encapsulated natural functional ingredients. Life Cycle Analysis and socio-techno-economic analysis will be implemented for the sustainable development of new products. FRIETS implementation will be based on staff secondments, strengthening collaborative research among different countries and sectors.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture/fruit growing
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture/vegetable growing
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2020
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

REZOS BRANDS ANONYMI EMPORIKI ETERIA IDON DIATROFIS
Address
Vipe Patron
25200 Patras
Greece
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 276 000

Participants (12)

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 230 000
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 165 600
Address
Iera Odos 75
118 55 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNOLOGIKO PANEPISTIMIO KYPROU
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 193 200
Address
Archbishop Kyprianos 31 Savings Cooperative Bank Building 3Rd Floor
3036 Lemesos
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITATEA DE STIINTE AGRICOLE SI MEDICINA VETERINARA CLUJ NAPOCA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 174 800
Address
Manastur Str; 3-5
400372 Cluj Napoca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA TA MALTA
Malta
EU contribution
€ 188 600
Address
University Campus, Tal-qroqq
2080 Msida
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 193 200
Address
Queensgate
HD1 3DH Huddersfield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DIGNITY IDIOTIKI KEFALAIOUXIKI ETAIREIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 220 800
Address
Efploias 33
18537 Pireas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GOGOU E - SOULIS M FYSIKA PROSTHETA TROFIMON OE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 110 400
Address
Dios 6
177 78 Tavros
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MOUNTAIN BERRIES PITSILIA NV LTD
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 147 200
Address
Kapadokias 9
2325 Nicosia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KPAD LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 220 800
Address
Francis House 2 Park Road Barnet
EN5 5RN London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENCIRA CENTRUL DE CERCETARE SI INOVARE AGROALIMENTARA SRL
Romania
EU contribution
€ 165 600
Address
Ion Mester 6
400650 Cluj Napoca
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MGARR FARMING CO LTD
Malta
EU contribution
€ 147 200
Address
4 Three Arches, St Phillip Street
MGR 2420 Mgarr
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)