Innovation in food

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. 


Opportunities for nanotechnology in food and feed

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.


Food packaging unwrapped

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...


Nanotechnology and food (Q&A)

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...


Genetically modified food: What do you need to know?

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?


Researchers develop new variety of soybean lacking the proteins that cause allergic reactions

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...


Functional foods are seen as healthy: But taste and pleasure matter too!

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.


Modern biotechnology in food

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...


Functional foods

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...


Safety evaluation of novel foods: A European and international perspective

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)...