The next decade will require the industry to significantly decrease the use of resources, fossil fuel, water, and any antropogenic materials such as plastic, minimize waste and byproducts. To do so, the entire food ecosystem will need to work together to implement important, transformative changes to the way we process and distribute food.
New technologies may need to be implemented. Processing lines and supply chains revisited. To this to happen, all stakeholders need to be engaged, the ecosystem actors need to evaluate gives and takes, and change needs to be managed using the best science and technology data available.
This HUB aims to provide a forum to empower all food industry stakeholders engaged in change management to a better, more sustainable manufacturing industry.
We need excellent research data. This hub will explore the best-known ways to process, formulate and pack our food to ensure its nutritional quality, satisfy consumer needs, while reducing manufacturing and supply chain carbon footprint.
This HUB includes any raw material (i.e. animal, plant-based, cellular) in a task to deliver the transformative science and innovation needed to lower current resource use, or upscale sustainably novel technologies. The HUB efforts will include for example, reduction of water processing, electrification, upscaling of side streams, downstream processing of cell-base/synthetic proteins/cellular agriculture, 3D printing technologies, digitalization of supply chains and reduction of plastic and food contact materials, to deliver on the EU Farm to Fork strategy (2030) and EU directives.
The food systems transformation in the food industry is already resulting in new disciplines transdisciplinary in nature. Great, promising results of new technologies, or better ways to use established ones for improved sustainability need to be swiftly implemented at industrial scale to maximize impact.
A holistic approach is then needed. Change management experts, stakeholder analysts, digital and data scientists and technologists are clearly needed side by side with social scientists, environmental scientists evaluating the impact of the potential changes in our societies.
The HUB researchers will take into consideration the social and human interface of new technologies especially in regards to health, waste reduction and consumer behavior, and will play an important role on evaluating, supporting and influencing policies, legislation and labelling, as the regulatory aspects will be critical to accelerate uptake.
Examples of research challenges that will be tackled by this HUB are:
This HUB bring key researchers from Danish universities, industries and research institutes together breaking institutional boundaries to support collaborative projects to advance how we sustainably process, formulate and pack foods, and how we can the best results be implemented swiftly into society.
What kind of research areas would complement the HUB research?
Interdisciplinary research linking food science and technology with advancements in fundamental sciences, social sciences and economics while keeping focus on social and industrial relevance.
It is our ambition to provide the industry with the tools to lead by example, with the best research implemented into manufacturing, products, and supply chains.