Process integration for rapid implementation of sustainable innovative food processing (i³-Food)
The main objective of the European project i³-Food is to implement 3 innovative food processing technologies assuring the validation of optimum process control under industrial conditions. These technologies are:
- pulsed electric field preservation of liquid food products (e.g., fruit juices or smoothies),
- high pressure thermal sterilization for ready-to-eat-meals,
- low shear extrusion of cold food products (ice cream).
The i³-Food project will achieve an optimum process control leading to the application of these technologies under real life operating conditions. This will be done by demonstrating and piloting in a near to operational environment of applicable validation systems for each technology. We will define a scientific and cutting edge strategy for overcoming the market barriers ensuring a fast and wide market uptake. Finally, our multidisciplinary endeavor will connect and amplify the EU strengths in advanced technologies research.
For a rapid and easy market uptake, an analysis of the innovation environment and an identification of opportunities (in phase 1) as well as a roadmapping process for market penetration per technology (in phase 2) will be performed by Fraunhofer ISI. This integrated approach will provide maximal synergies in between the 3 aforementioned technologies. Application opportunities beyond the known use cases will be also explored.