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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.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /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-SFS-2014-2
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

CONTRONICS ENGINEERING BV* CEN
Address
Ambachtsweg 8
5492 NJ Sint-oedenrode
Netherlands
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 401 333,60

Participants (9)

RFT FRISCHETECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 237 037,50
Address
Zur Heupresse 4
82140 Olching
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 376 312,66
Address
Am Lunedeich 12
27572 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Research Organisations
BIOAZUL, SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 236 287,23
Address
Avenida Manuel Agustin Heredia Numero 18, 1-4
29001 Malaga
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
POLYPAN GROUP SA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 186 309,38
Address
5 Kyprou Str
18346 Moschato
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GREENYARD FRESH ITALY SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 103 118,75
Address
Via Tione 10 Zona Industriale San Pier
37060 Trevenzuolo Vr
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVEG DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 39 484,38
Address
Universitatsallee 16
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SUPERMARKT VAN GURP BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 86 440,38
Address
Tolbergcentrum 172
4708 HK Roosendaal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 203 242,50
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EUROPEAN FRESH PRODUCE ASSOCIATION AISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 125 236,25
Address
Rue De Treves 49-51
1040 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other