Innovation in food
What are the latest developments?
Science and technology are used to develop new ways of producing, processing or packaging food, to make it safer, healthier, more nutritious or tastier.
Innovation in food also has an important role to play in tackling societal major challenges such as how we can ensure a sustainable yet plentiful food supply to feed a growing global population.
22 February 2017
Nanoparticles exist in nature, and humans are exposed to these particles on a daily basis. Today it is possible to deliberately create matter with very small dimensions and nanotechnology can provide ways to modify the composition of food and feed, and packaging materials, at a very small scale. This may allow for the development of new foods and improving food processing and packaging in ways that will benefit consumers.
15 September 2016
Food packaging plays an important role in protecting and delaying chemical, physical, and biological deterioration. In this way, even simple packaging (such as glass, metal, plastics...
12 May 2016
The prefix “nano” is used to describe a specific size range (like “milli-“ or “centi-“). One nanometre is a unit of measure of length that is equal to one-billionth of a metre, or one-millionth of a millimetre...
29 February 2016
Changes in genetic make-up occur naturally between generations of plants and animals, and through selective breeding, resulting in the selection of traits favourable to our supply. Recently, technology has allowed us to genetically modify our food faster, but is it safe and how is this regulated?
12 August 2015
Soy is a legume cultivated worldwide for food and feed, and a well-established dietary source of plant-based protein. Nevertheless, soybeans are known to contain specific...
01 August 2013
Health benefits are the key message of functional foods bearing health claims. At the same time, consumers also expect functional foods to be tasty and pleasant in the sense of enhancing one's mood.
06 August 2006
Modern biotechnology - will touch the lives of most European by the close of the 20th century, whether in food, medicine or environmental protection...
08 June 2006
The primary role of diet is to provide sufficient nutrients to meet the nutritional requirements of an individual. There is now increasing scientific evidence to support the hypothesis that some foods and food components...
01 April 2000
In the past, foods prepared and used in traditional ways have been judged safe on the basis of long-term experience, even when they contain natural toxicants (e.g. solanin in potatoes)...