A growing global population and increasing requirements of the individual consumers demand increasingly complex product development in the food area. We cooperate closely with our clients and partners in order to promote safe, healthy innovations accepted by the consumer.
Dr. Harald Eifert
Member of the Executive Board
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Sustainable value chain for production from industrial fish and plant production
The vision of the network is the development of a network of companies and research institutions, which deal with a sustainable value chain for the production of closed or industrial fish and plant culture. The network will be able to establish itself as a market leader in the field of sustainable fish and plant production. In order to realise this vision, five main research areas will be addressed through strategic cooperation between companies and research institutions. These would be aquaculture, plant culture, water treatment, sustainable fish feed production and energy supply using a biogas plant.
Contact: Katrina Lindemann
Tel.: +49 3682 400 6213
InnoHemp - Innovative Technologies and Products along the Hemp Value Chain
Hemp (Cannabis Sativa L.) is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world. Due to the long ban on cultivation in Germany, there is a lot of catching up to do in the field of research and development from cultivation to processing to the development of new products. The network's vision is to use new products, processes and technologies to close gaps in knowledge and identify untapped potential. Due to the attractive market potentials in many applications, the multitalent Hemp can play a central role as an economic factor in Germany and the network partners can help shape the newly emerging market by entering the market early and cooperating.
Contact: Thilo Riehl
Tel.: +49 7961 9256-233
IOT4Food - Industry 4.0 for the food processing industry
The food processing industry is in a continuous development phase due to the growing focus on digitisation, food scarcity and consumer demand for quality and sustainability. There are now a number of entrepreneurially interesting approaches to meeting these requirements and improving them through comprehensive digitization of production (Industry 4.0). EurA AG is therefore developing a ZIM innovation network together with the Dutch Association of Technology Industries (FME), which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).
Contact: Dr. Sarah Müncheberg
Tel.: +49 40 548 8704 37
Sensors and measurement technology for fast and quantitative on-site analysis
In several application areas there is a very high demand for innovative, networked on-site analytics, in particular for water/environmental analysis, safety controls, quality control in food production and in the field of medicine. The aim is to develop new methods, technologies and solutions for faster, more reliable, more precise and, in particular, quantitative results that can also be used digitally. This is based in particular on the latest developments in material production, miniaturisation, digitisation and automation. Focal points: Concept & Design; Sensor Technologies - Materials; Sensor Technologies - Lab-on-a-Chip; Combined Sensor Technology; Interfaces/ Networking; Miniaturization.
Contact: Dr. Renate Förch
Tel.: +49 7961 9256-0
Mobile: +49 152 54309484
Food safety by Innovation
Food safety is an umbrella term for all measures and concepts that are to ensure that foods are suitable for ingestion by the end consumer and that they cannot impair or even harm health. This is about controls and preventive measures to preserve hygiene in production and handling of foods in general. Integrity of the products regarding residues, contaminants or microbial contamination is an elementary component. Seamless traceability of the products and their ingredients to ensure that the consumer is protected as comprehensively as possible in recognising a danger, e.g. by recall campaigns, is part of a comprehensive food safety analysis. The network has therefore made it ist target to develop new approaches to improve food safety together with companies from the entire value-added chain, such as machine manufacturers, analysis service providers and research institutes.
Contact: Boris Buckow
Tel: +49 40 548 8704-34
Innovative system solutions for private households, companies and Hospitals
The network KlarWasser is to contribute to solving one of the most important social challenges: the provision of a sufficient amount of clean, micro-pollutant-free drinking water. It specifically deals with innovative system solutions for private households, companies and hospitals. The removal of very small amounts of reactive active substances from chemistry and pharmaceutics is to be made possible for medium- to long-term new investments in water treatment in Germany in the scope of this network. For this, the network partners have multiple concepts available that are to be optimised, evaluated and scaled up in individual applications as well as in modular combination solutions.
Contact: Marie Laubenberger
Tel.: +49 7961 9256-267
Technologies for efficient cultivation and use of algae
New technology-oriented value-added chains or networks must be established to implement a knowledge-based bio-economy using less and less fossil fuels, in order to develop the bio resource of algae for the medium-sized economy. The target is development of a network made up preferably of medium-sized enterprises and research facilities to develop new technologies, products, methods and services for future cultivation and use of algae. The focus is on optimisation of process control, measuring and regulation technology, innovative peripheral systems (drying, drainage, preparation), connection to aqua cultures and development of innovative products from algae (cosmetics, food supplements and feedstuffs).
Contact: Rosmarie Reuß
Tel.: +49 7961 9256-250
Alternative protein sources for food production
The ProVeTchi network intends to develop into a competence centre for use of new or alternative plant-based protein sources in high-quality food products for different target groups. Alternative raw material sources (e.g. amaranth, tarwi, nuna, quinoa, job's tears, hemp, potatoes, pumpkin, almond) are to be developed for use of plant-based proteins in the food area. As compared to the proteins at the focus to date (produced from soy, lupines and cereals, in particular wheat), they offer benefits from a nutritional physiological and technically-functional point of view.
Contact: Rosmarie Reuss
Tel.: +49 7961 9256-250
Technologies for sweets and other foods
Two years after the approval of steviol glycosides for the food industry, there still is a great demand of technical developments for use of this modern sweetener on a natural basis. In 2012 alone, there were 500 new recipes and applications with stevia in Europe according to a report of the Lebensmittelzeitung - Germany is apparently leading in this area. We consider the use of stevia a future-proof method with a high market potential for modern nutrition. The network is targeted at small and medium-sized enterprises, comprising importers, manufacturers and users of all types of stevia, and the sweeteners produced from them, as well as universities, research facilities and companies in the area of analysis, bio- and lab technology.
Contact: Rosmarie Reuss
Tel.: +49 7961 9256-250