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HELPING EU PROCESSORS BECOME COMPETITIVE USING AUTOMATED AND NON-CONTACT PIGMEAT PIECE QUALITY CLASSIFICATION

Objective

The €160.6 billion EU-27 meat processing sector employs over 1 million workers and is dominated by SMEs (94%) with small productions and traditional processes. SMEs in this vital sector are facing global competition from multinationals which are more productive and have superior marketing capacity. Moreover, the current crisis is reducing demand for premium meat and traditional quality products that are the core business for most European sector SMEs.
The solution to maintain sector viability is for SMEs to increase productivity and manufacture with consistent quality. The SMEs behind this proposal (processors RDVIC and SANMI, and equipment manufacturers/distributors JCB and STRASSER ) have identified the need for a technology to sort meat prior to processing, without which 30-40% of all processed meats do not reach the expected final quality. To become more competitive, processors must be able to select higher quality meats for higher added-value processes (e.g. long dry-curing, use of natural ingredients), while lower quality meats can be separated and treated to achieve an acceptable and consistent final quality.
With the support of RTDs (CRIC, UNIMAN, IRTA and SSICA), the SMEs propose the development of QMEAT, an automatic non-contact system based on Magnetic Induction Spectroscopy and Image Analysis, to determine the Water Holding Capacity and colour of meat pieces prior to processing. This system is expected to increase the production of high-quality products by at least 20%, with benefits of at least €700-1500 per tonne. The estimated tag price for the QMEAT system will be of €80,000; an investment fully recoverable in 6-9 months of operation for companies producing a minimum of 110 tonnes per year.
With a time-to-market of 18 months, QMEAT represents a real business opportunity for the SMEs, who will jointly exploit the results to reach a foreseen 2% EU market penetration and an accumulated income of €24 million over a 5 year time frame.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Coordinator

ATEKNEA SOLUTIONS CATALONIA, SA
Address
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona
Spain

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anna Szathmary (Mrs.)
EU contribution
€ 61 160

Participants (8)

JCB. ELECTROMECANICA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 233 581,74
Address
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Narcis Clavell (Mr.)
STRASSER GMBH & CO KG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 258 657,74
Address
Gewerberstrasse 1
5151 Nussdorf Am Haunsberg

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stefan Strasser (Mr.)
EXTRAPERNIL SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 237 507,74
Address
Passeig De La Generalitat 69
08500 Vic

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Núria Vilacís Erra (Ms.)
PROSCIUTTIFICIO SAN MICHELE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 219 177,76
Address
Via Cavo 16
43037 Lesignano Bagni Pr

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giulio Gherri (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 33 642,08
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liz Fay (Ms.)
INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 16 499,94
Address
Ctra C-59 Km 12 Torre Marimon
08140 Caldes De Montbui Barcelona

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Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Eliecer Lopez Jimenez (Mr.)
STAZIONE SPERIMENTALE PER L'INDUSTRIA DELLE CONSERVE ALIMENTARI AZIENDA SPECIALE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 17 105,60
Address
Viale Faustino Tanara 31/A
43100 Parma

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ermes Monica (Mr.)
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE, L'EXPERIMENTATION, LA VULGARISATION DES PRODUITS AGRO-ALIMENTAIRES D'AQUITAINE ET DE MONTAGNE
France
EU contribution
€ 20 766
Address
Route De Samadet Abiopole
64410 Arzacq Arraziguet

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Isabelle Chalan (Ms.)