Huge amounts of food are wasted every year in Europe along the food value chain. A study published by the European Commission estimates the annual food waste generation in the 27 EU Member States at approximately 89 million tons. It is predicted, that by 2020 the good, edible food amounts that will be wasted will increase by 40%.
FoodPackLab promotes the collaboration between food processing, packaging and photonics innovation clusters in the EU in order to identify and develop solutions to problems arising during the food processing and packaging stage that limit the food shelf life before being thrown out. FoodPackLab actions will result in the improvement of life quality and safety of EU citizens’ as well as affect positively the EU economy by saving its resources and stimulating the employment generation, aiming to gain a leading role in the food packaging and safety sector worldwide.
FOODPACKLAB (Photonics – Packaging Partnership for Food Innovation) is the European Strategic Clusters Partnership launched by 5 European clusters from photonics, packaging and food industry under the European Strategic Clusters Partnerships Going International (ESCP4i) program.
The strength of FoodPackLab is its deep specialization and knowledge in packaging technologies thanks to its consortium members that collaborate in order to reach the initial aim of the FoodPackLab actions – prevention of high levels of food waste, improvement and assurance of quality and shelf life of food.
FoodPackLab aims at fostering the collaboration between food processing, packaging and photonics innovation clusters in the EU. Check out the involved clusters here.
FoodPackLab encourages collaborative projects at an international level, addressing food processing and packaging challenges and finding technological innovation interests of companies. Check out the involved companies here.