Project: Development of quality standards and optimised processing methods for organic produce

Production of processed organic food is mostly carried out by SMEs who are currently facing a double challenge. Consumer awareness and legal standards require high quality as a precondition for successful marketing but there is a lack of corresponding knowledge leading to significant quality losses and up to 40% of raw material loss. At the same time, competition enforces strict control of related costs. However production currently is unnecessarily energy intensive. Drying, for example, is responsible for 15% of the overall global energy demand and efficiency in food drying can be as low as 10% with 35-45% being the average, revealing an important potential for improving both economic and ecologic performance. In practice, resource efficiency and product quality are often seen as antagonists. SusOrganic, as an integrated research project, will develop technical solutions, standard operation procedures and guidelines leading to increased product quality that is reliably achieved whilst reducing resource consumption with respect to raw materials and energy. Inclusion of leading food scientists, engineers, agriculturalists and a retailer from Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Europe will assure all aspects relevant for the development of quality standards, process optimisation and resource efficiency are adequately addressed and the relevance of the project across the EU and beyond is assured. SusOrganic will provide the organic sector with: (a) quality standards for dried and cooled/frozen products; (b) processing guidelines for increased product quality; (c) increased process efficiency and reduction of specific resource demands through improved processing, heat recovery and implementation of Renewable Energy Sources; (d) reduction of direct waste by utilising produce rejected by the fresh produce market (e) sound database and Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) for at least 4 products which will help bench mark production.

Acronym SusOrganic (Reference Number: 603)
Duration 01/03/2015 - 01/03/2017
Project Topic 4. Ensuring quality and safety of organic food along the processing chain
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Network CORE Organic Plus
Call Transnational Research in Organic Food and Farming Systems (2014)

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 SINTEF Energy Research Partner Norway
2 University Kassel Coordinator Germany
3 University of Teramo Partner Italy
4 University of Tuscia, Viterbo Partner Italy
5 Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Partner Sweden
6 University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest Partner Romania
7 Meridian Fruchthandelsgesellschaft mbH Partner Germany