Basque companies explore systems that tackle food waste

7 December 2023

“The BASQUE FOOD CLUSTER, TECNALIA, and AZTI are launching the ViUtiFood project, an initiative that has attracted the interest and support of almost 30 companies from the Basque food chain”

Around 30 Basque companies are exploring new R&D systems to extend the shelf-life of their foodstuffs

One of the main solutions in the food sector's battle to reduce the volume of waste generated throughout its value chain is to extend the shelf-life of food. This is done using new technologies and production and preservation strategies that retain the product's nutritional and organoleptic characteristics for as long as possible without affecting food safety.

The BASQUE FOOD CLUSTER and TECNALIA’s and AZTI’s research centres launch the ViUtiFood project, an initiative that has attracted the interest and support of almost 30 companies in the Basque food chain.

ViutiFood: the battle against food waste

ViUtiFood identifies solutions and promotes their implementation to enable Basque companies to extend the shelf-life of their foodstuffs, guaranteeing food safety and quality standards for consumers while meeting the demands of distribution.

The project also pursues efficiency in energy consumption, contributing to a more intelligent use of resources, without forgetting the new business opportunities that are opened up for companies.

The project leaders focus on the main causes that affect the shelf-life of food products in each of their phases, from the choice of raw materials to their commercialisation, covering processes including formulation, preparation, transformation, packaging, storage, logistics, etc.

Some of the challenges identified include how to optimise the control of storage, distribution and transport conditions, how to improve new sustainable packaging materials, and how to incorporate new processing technologies and the use of natural resources.

ViutiFood is a project funded through the Circular Economy line of the Cross-cutting Driving Initiatives promoted by the Basque Government within the Basque Science, Technology, and Innovation Plan 2030.

Health and nutrition at TECNALIA