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Waste reduction and quality improvement of fruits and vegetables via an innovative and energy-efficient humidification/disinfection technology

Objective

Million of tons of vegetables and fruits are harvested and then distributed throughout Europe every year. However, fruits and vegetables can be regarded as highly perishable foods and are especially susceptible to changing climatic conditions (temperature, humidity) after harvest. The long distribution pathways in combination with insufficient technologies for appropriate transport and storage lead to a high amount of food wasted as well as to products with inferior quality arriving at the consumer. Close to 50% of all fruits and vegetables get wasted in the EU, about a third of which can be attributed to the step between harvest and consumption. Food waste is currently a priority topic in the EU with a reduction target of 50% by 2020.
A novel, innovative humidification/disinfection technology which has been developed based on several successful European research activities can contribute substantially to this target while simultaneously enhancing the shelf life and the hygienic properties of fruit and vegetables. By means of ultrasonic humidification as well as natural sanitizers for disinfection a cool, humid, and germ-free climate will be established preserving quality and freshness of fruits and vegetables (e.g. reduced weight/moisture loss, structural changes, decay, etc.) along the entire post-harvest supply chain. In five real-scale case studies (directly after harvesting - washing step, in transportation, storage, and retail facilities) the market potential of this technology will be demonstrated. Therefore, an unbroken cold as well as humidity chain will be achieved from farm to fork, substantially reducing waste along each step. Thorough analysis of the achieved results in terms of ecologic, technological and economic benefits as well as in-depths market research will provide the basis for an extensive training, promotion, and dissemination program aimed at multipliers and potential clients, thus achieving a successful market introduction.

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2014-2015

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Sub call

H2020-SFS-2014-2

Coordinator

CONTRONICS ENGINEERING BV* CEN
Net EU contribution
€ 401 333,60
Address
Ambachtsweg 8
5492 NJ Sint-oedenrode
Netherlands

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Region
Noord-Brabant Noordoost-Noord-Brabant
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 172 037,65

Participants (9)

RFT FRISCHETECHNIK GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 237 037,50
Address
Zur Heupresse 4
82140 Olching

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Bayern Oberbayern Fürstenfeldbruck
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 101 587,50
VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 376 312,66
Address
Am Lunedeich 12
27572 Bremerhaven

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Region
Bremen Bremen Bremerhaven, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
BIOAZUL, SL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 236 287,23
Address
Avenida Manuel Agustin Heredia Numero 18, 1-4
29001 Malaga

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Andalucía Málaga
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 101 265,96
POLYPAN GROUP SA
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 186 309,38
Address
5 Kyprou Str
18346 Moschato

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Νότιος Τομέας Αθηνών Aττική Αττική
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 79 846,87
GREENYARD FRESH ITALY SRL
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 103 118,75
Address
Via Tione 10 Zona Industriale San Pier
37060 Trevenzuolo Vr

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Region
Nord-Est Veneto Verona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 44 193,75
UNIVEG DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 39 484,38
Address
Universitatsallee 16
28359 Bremen

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Region
Bremen Bremen Bremen, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 16 921,87
SUPERMARKT VAN GURP BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 86 440,38
Address
Tolbergcentrum 172
4708 HK Roosendaal

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Noord-Brabant West-Noord-Brabant
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 37 045,87
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 203 242,50
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby

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Region
Danmark Hovedstaden Københavns omegn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
EUROPEAN FRESH PRODUCE ASSOCIATION AISBL
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 125 236,25
Address
Rue De Treves 49-51
1040 Bruxelles

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Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00