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Final Report - EUFOOD4LIFE (European Technology Platform for the Agro-Food Sector: Food for Life)

Project ID: 43177
Funded under: FP6-FOOD


Europe is renowned for its rich culinary traditions, but tempting food shops and fancy restaurants are only part of the picture. Overall, the European agro-food sector is facing a huge challenge. Global competitiveness is at stake, but is also achievable through innovation.

The EU food industry is becoming more competitive worldwide. It is strengthening its investment in research and development and innovation in products and processes. In order to capture new opportunities for food and drink innovation, especially in the area of high added-value health foods and services, investments and technologies are required that may, in many cases, surpass the capabilities and capacities of most businesses. Efficient public-private partnerships are imperative if research needs are to be prioritised and resources are to be effectively pooled. Individual food companies, including SMEs, cannot take on the innovation challenge alone: a joint initiative is necessary.

The EUFOOD4LIFE was created under the auspices of the Confederation of the Food & Drink Industries of the EU (CIAA). It is strengthening the European-wide innovation process, improving knowledge transfer and stimulating European competitiveness across the food chain. The major objective of this ETP is to deliver innovative, improved food products for regional, national and global markets in line with consumer needs and expectations. Their final report also includes images and photos from proceedings.

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