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01/09/2018 – 31/08/2021

SFS-34-2017- Towards Innovation – driven and smart solutions in short food supply chains

SMARTCHAIN is an ambitious, 3 year project with 43 partners from 11 European countries including key stakeholders from the domain of short food supply chain as actors in the project.

The central objective is to foster and accelerate the shift towards collaborative short food supply chains and, through concrete actions and recommendations, to introduce new robust business models and innovative practical solutions that enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of the European agri-food system.

Using bottom-up, demand-driven research, the SMARTCHAIN consortium i) will perform a multi-perspective analysis of 18 case studies of short food supply chains in terms of technological, regulatory, social, economic and environmental factors, ii) will assess the linkages and interactions among all stakeholders involved in short food supply chains and iii) will identify the key parameters that influence sustainable food production and rural development among different regions in Europe.

The project aims to establish 9 national communities of short food supply chains (Innovation and Collaboration Hubs) in different partner countries (France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain and Switzerland) and a virtual innovation hub in order to facilitate stakeholder engagement, bringing farmers and consumers together in a trust-enhancing environment enabling them to generate demand driven-innovations.

Combination of scientific and practical knowledge and the use of innovation workshops will enable the development of practical innovative solutions as well as the promotion of a framework for different forms of collaborative short food supply chains in urban and rural areas. SMARTCHAIN will generate concrete actions for knowledge transfer, through the organisation of multi-stakeholder workshops and training activities for farmers and short food supply chain entrepreneurs.

Coordinator: Universitaet Hohenheim, Germany


Short Food Supply Chain Management

Sustainable innovation

Environment, resources and sustainability

Social innovation

Supply chain management

Participatory Innovation

New business opportunities


DT-SFS-14-2018 – Personalized Nutrition

Duration: 36 Months, expected start: 01/01/2019

In today’s society, the importance of living healthy is more present than ever before. Thanks to continuously improving medical systems, the expected lifespan of the population increases. At the same time, the amount of people suffering non-communicable diseases is dramatically high. A good and healthy diet is often recognized as a key element to improve this situation. As outlined in the EC work programme, the World Health Organization estimates that about 80% of premature heart disease cases, strokes, type 2 diabetes and 40% of cancers could be avoided if the major risk factors for noncommunicable diseases, such as unhealthy diets, were eliminated.

Looking at the nutrition market today, a high number of products are offered, promising a healthy diet. Various ways of possibilities to lose weight in combination with sports are existent and large amounts programmes and approaches. However, in most cases, those offers totally ignore the importance of the customers personal needs. The differences in the nutrition programme elaborations are too small to be declared individual. Whereas a part of the users may benefit, it even turns out to be harmful for others, like to those having food intolerance. It is turning out to cause the exact opposite of the intention: Living healthy. However, reaching a true personalized nutrition can empower consumers to adhere to a long-lasting, healthy, pleasurable, nutritional and sustainable diet when tailored to individual parameters.

What are Personas Objectives? Persona will provide a new way of nutrition recommendation, as it combines approved concepts of customized, healthy nutrition with a high level of personalisation and with consumer engagement and motivation elements. The project will create a personalized and smart, virtual nutrition advisor, which is delivered to consumers as a set of apps for different devices including smartphones, smart watches, smart mirrors and others. The overall goal of the project to empower consumers to be able to make healthy and sustainable nutrition choices upon a smart and personalized advice. From a society perspective, the main impact will be the prevention of diet-related and non-communicable diseases as well as the increased health and well-being of individuals adopting long-lasting healthy and sustainable dietary behaviour. All results will constantly be assessed via an agile validation process to ensure a high market applicability.

Coordinator: Ascora, Germany


Personalized Profile Creation

Personalized Nutrition Plan

Customer Engagement and Social Participation

User Friendly Mobile Advisor


SFS-16-2018 – SAIL

Sustainable Advanced production of healthy food products with enhanced shelf life through Innovative processing Lines

In the recent years, a growing share of consumers has increased their attention to the quality of their diet, focusing on food products characterized by freshness, optimal preservation of healthiness, taste and flavor as well as inviting visual aspects. Among different products, fish and fruit and vegetables (F&V) are the main food categories associated with a modern healthy and sustainable life style.

The average annual fish consumption at EU level is 6.1 million tons (EUMOFA 2016), of which 4.5 of processed fish, representing a market of 19 billion €, with an average annual increase of 2.5%. In EU28, the average fish consumption is 25.5 kg with a per capita expense of 106 €. Despite a growing demand, the production of the ready-to-cook fish products, fresh fish and ready-to-eat fish is affected by bottlenecks that impacts on the industry environmental and sustainability performance. Among those, the most important is the short shelf-life of fish, which usually ranges from 3 to maximum 10 days depending on the type of fish.

This factor limits the distribution and commercial potential of fresh fish and increases food waste both at retail (unsold fish before the expiration date is valued at 9% of fish waste) and domestic level (valued at 11%). Extending fresh fish shelf life is of strategic importance to prevent fish waste production and to minimize the related negative impacts in terms of fish stocks depletion, water and energy consumption, CO2 emissions and landfill costs.

19 partners from 8 European countries have joined their forces towards a common objective: improve the quality, the safety and preservation of perishable food products and thus reducing food spoilage and waste from 20% w/w (Global Food Losses and Food Waste, FAO, 2011) to 15% in the distribution and consumption phases. SAIL project will achieve this ambitious objective by developing a systemic approach based on the sustainable and efficient production of food products through the application of innovative technologies, the improvement of traceability and of the quality management as well as of the logistic related to their transportation. The project will address different types of feedstock, i.e. fish and vegetables, targeting the food value chain at the whole EU level by addressing typical products of the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western regions of EU.

SAIL will be coordinated by SSICA, an Italian RTOs leader in the food and food preservation sectors, which will lead a multidisciplinary consortium that will cover the entire food value chain from food producers (RIBA and REGNOLI) to players with a great experience in food processing (SSICA, NOFIMA, USAMVB and NUTRA) and cold storage and retail equipment sectors (EPTA), from leading actors in the packaging sector (INSTM, RODAX, SAEPLASTand PLABIO), to distributors (FOODHUB and NORGE). Moreover, in order to ensure the covering of all steps of the value chain, strategic partners joined the consortium in order to address issues related to quality (IRIS), traceability of the raw materials (ANFACO-COCOPESCA), integration of the targeted technologies towards the developed of an innovative mobile pilot line for food processing (SELF GLOBE) and supplying of natural substances (IOC). Finally, following a holistic approach, business models for the future market uptake of the targeted food solution will be developed based on key issues, such as the optimization of the logistic aspects from the producers to the consumers (RINA-C), the environmental impact related to technologies, transportation and the consumer perception (CIRCE).

Coordinator: SSICA, Italy


short shelf-life

food waste

quality and safety of vegetables

quality and safety of fresh fish

food value chain



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