Looptijd: 2019- 2024
Projectleider: Jan Broeze
Kennisinstelling: Wageningen University & Research
Betrokken partijen: Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik, Stichting Wageningen Research, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung, Aarhus Universiteit, AINIA, Vyzkumny Ustav Potravinarsky Praha, Szkola Glowna Gospodarstwa Wiejskiego, Institut Za Nutricionistiko Ljubljana, Stichting EFFOST, ELEA Vertriebs- und Vermarktungsgesellschaft, European Food Information Council, Centre Technique de la Conservationes des Produits Agricoles
FOX (‘Food in a bOX’) is aimed at creating added-value in regional production areas through small-scale food processing units, stimulating the transition from centralised food processing industry to regional systems. Essential features of FOX technologies are: mild processing technologies, flexibility with respect to input material and mobility of the equipment. These characteristics are expected to contribute to economic feasibility in comparison to specialized, capital-intensive centralized industries. Intended effects: improved connection between producer and consumer, transparent production from trusted regions of origins, more natural (less processed) foods as part of more healthy diets. The concept contributes to regional circularities, keeping rest- and by-products available in the region.
FOX processes will be researched (aim TRL 5-6) and demonstrated in four European model regions (“Food Circles”) and seven associated partner regions (only demonstration) with significant fruit and vegetable production. To promote the FOX approach, a Europe-wide Interest Group of Small Scale food Processors will be set up that will also foster the dialogue to deliver policy recommendations.
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