Project: Innovative and eco-sustainable processing and packaging for safe, high quality and healthy organic berry products

Sale of organic foods is one of the fastest growing market segments within the global food industry. However, the number of processed foods made from organic raw materials is still limited. Furthermore, the EU regulatory framework for organic food defines high quality of the products as an important goal of production but evaluation of processing technologies according to the requirements of organic food production is in general lacking. Consumers buy organic food because they believe in the high quality of the product. The most important reasons are health benefits (less pesticide residues and better nutritional quality), taste, and environmentally friendly production. Since organic production in EU competes with both conventional food and global organic production it depends greatly on innovation, novel appropriate technologies and scientific evidence to support the quality. To increase the amount of products commercially available that meet the requirements of organic food production and consumer expectations more research and knowledge is needed focusing on development and adaptation of processing technologies. The focus will be on innovating along the processing chain of organic fresh berries and value added products obtained using organic berries as raw materials but the findings of the project can be extrapolated to other organic plant products. The general objective of the project is to identify processing solutions to enhance the safety and overall quality and nutritional value of organic processed berries by adapting traditional processing methods to organic requirements, further developing methods that are not fully implemented and developing new sustainable processing schemes. Technologies to naturally extend the shelf-life of fresh berries and to process berries into added value products will also be considered. The technologies and processing schemes will be adapted to organic products and selected based on their environmental impact. The results will be widely disseminated and transferred to relevant stakeholders and scientific journals, at international conferences and workshops.

Acronym EcoBerries (Reference Number: 222)
Duration 15/02/2015 - 15/02/2018
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 University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest Partner Romania
2 Chalmers University of Technology Coordinator Sweden
3 Norwegian institute for food fisheries and aquaculture research Partner Norway
5 VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Partner Finland
6 National Institute for Agricultural Research, France Partner France
7 SIK - the Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology Partner Sweden
8 Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna Partner Italy