iProcess’s main objective is to develop novel concepts and methods for flexible and sustainable food processing in Norway – that are to cope with small volume series and high biological variation of the existing raw materials – to enable increased raw material utilization for food products and to increase profitability. These concepts will enable the Norwegian food industry to overcome its long-term national important challenge regarding increased sustainability of raw material use and reduction of loss (edible)/waste (inedible) in a lifecycle context.
To achieve the main objective, the following specific sub-objectives have been identified:
- Select relevant industrial cases and biggest challenges for food processing industry for more flexible and sustainable food processing (Work Package 1).
- Develop advanced process analytical technology concepts, to measure and control the quality of raw material to meet the requirements of the end products (Work Package 2).
- Develop flexible processing concepts that are able to handle small production volume series and adaptively process raw material of high biological variation (Work Package 3).
- Develop information flow management solutions to support decision making for the food processor to maximize the resource efficiency and profitability (Work Package 4).
- Develop technology concepts adaptive to raw material that can increase its utilization and minimize waste (Work Package 3).
- Develop market strategies and models for increased profitability, value generation and markettailored production (Work Package 5).
- Validation by applying developed concepts and methods to a selected number of industry relevant cases within the developed sustainable approaches to food processing (Work Packages 1, 2, 3, 4).