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Innovative solutions for the food industry

Climate change and dwindling resources, as well as uncertain supply chains and rising food prices, pose major challenges for the global food industry. The potential on the path to a sustainable food supply is great.

13 Fraunhofer institutes are conducting research in the area of the food industry and are working together on solutions along the entire value chain: from innovative approaches, e.g. in the areas of agriculture, product protection and analytics, food and logistics, to new processing technologies and developments in terms of sustainability and the circular economy.

The Fraunhofer Food Industry Alliance builds on decades of collaboration. The competencies of currently 13 Fraunhofer institutes are bundled under the umbrella of the alliance, which is part of the Fraunhofer network of around 76 institutes. Customers from the food industry benefit from this unique scientific infrastructure and interdisciplinary know-how - for their solutions of a sustainable food industry.

EVENT: OCM 2023 - 6th Conference on Optical Characterization of Materials on March 22-23, 2023 in Karlsruhe, Germany.

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© Fraunhofer IOSB

The International Conference on Optical Characterization of Materials (OCM-2023) is organized by the Karlsruhe Center for Spectral Signatures of Materials (KCM). The KCM is an association of institutes of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT and the Automated Visual Inspection Division of the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB.

Optical characterization of materials is a rapidly growing scientific field. OCM 2023 provides a platform for scientific exchange between leading researchers. Topics of interest include characterization of materials by spectral properties from UV (240 nm) to IR (14 μm), multispectral image analysis, X-ray methods, polarimetry, and microscopy. Typical areas for these applications and techniques include the food industry, recycling of waste materials, detection of contaminated materials, mining, process industries, and raw materials.

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News: Whitepaper Resilient Value Chains for Food Production

Due to current crises and resource scarcity, there is great pressure for action across all sectors to strengthen the resilience of food production.

The white paper "Resilient value chains for food production" by Fraunhofer IPT, Fraunhofer IME and Fraunhofer IVV identifies strategies for strengthening resilience and provides recommendations for action.

To this end, the researchers have considered two dimensions: the technical resilience of the production facilities used and the ecosystem resilience of the food grown.

The white paper is available free of charge on request at resilienz@ivv.fraunhofer.de.

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Highlights

Progress for a More Sustainable Food Economy

With the combined competencies of five Fraunhofer Institutes, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft plans to reorganize the entire value chain in the food sector in terms of sustainability with the "Center for Biogenic Value Creation and Smart Farming"...

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»Cognitive Agriculture«

Fraunhofer Lighthouse Project »Cognitive Agriculture«, which brings productivity and sustainability of agricultural processes into harmony. Digitization as an opportunity for agriculture.

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From Feed To Egg

Better estimation of overall burdens of humans, animals and the environmment by perfluoroalkyland polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

Due to their unique properties perfluoroalkyl- and polyfluoroalkyl substances are widely utilised in specialty chemistry as well as in consumer products of any kind. The extreme stability of PFAS leads to their accumulation in the environment and organisms.

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A Food Lab on Your Phone

“Food scanner” is becoming a topic of common interest. The European Commission has recognized its relevance and provides funding for the development of the technologies required.

Fraunhofer IPMS filed a patent for a novel device that enables not only food analysis but as well access to quantity and nutrition facts.

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