Fraunhofer Project Center in Brazil

Fraunhofer Project Center for Innovations in Food and Bioresources at ITAL

The Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging has set up a joint work group with the Fraunhofer Project Center for Innovation in Food and Bioresources at ITAL (Institute for Food Technology) in Campinas (São Paulo, Brazil) to study the processing of high-quality raw materials and foods such as coffee, chocolate, and tropical fruits and to study the utilization of biogenic raw materials and residual materials for industrial applications.

The Fraunhofer Project Center (FPC) provides the framework for joint research projects involving the two institutes. The aim is to develop innovative products and processes and to assist SMEs in both countries by carrying out application-oriented development projects. This collaboration is a response to the challenges of globalization and offers partner companies in both countries new opportunities for international networking and access to new markets.

The founding of the Fraunhofer Project Center in December 2013 extends the longstanding scientific collaboration in the area of packaging between the institutes with the following four topics:

 

Functionality, nutritional value, and health aspects of foods

Obesity and nutrition-related illnesses such as arteriosclerosis and diabetes are problematic in industrial nations and increasingly so in Brazil. Indeed, awareness of this and an interest in healthier foods is on the increase in Brazil. The Fraunhofer Project Center is developing new food ingredients and formulations to promote health, for example foods enriched with dietary fibers to reduce cholesterol levels and ingredients to promote gastrointestinal health.

 

Quality and sensory analysis of foods

In Brazil agricultural products such as coffee and cocoa have enormous potential for the development of innovative, high-quality foods. Post-harvest processes such as customized fermentation and roasting are the key for generating specific flavor components.
 

Bioenergy and materials from renewable raw materials

Projects are being undertaken in the area of bioenergy and materials from renewable raw materials. These projects concern the energetic and material recycling of raw materials and residual materials from the agricultural and food industries.
 

Innovative packaging systems

Foods that spoil easily require innovative packaging systems to guarantee their quality and shelf-life. The development of modified packaging systems, for example with effective barrier properties and active functions, is one of the main areas of research of the Fraunhofer Project Center.

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The Fraunhofer IVV at the ANUTEC BRAZIL 2016

The ANUTEC BRAZIL is one of the most important trade fairs for the Brazilian food industry. As its organizer Koelnmesse held a discussion forum on August 4th 2016 on the topic of Sustainability and the future of the meat industry

 

Official opening of the Fraunhofer Project Center in Brazil

The Fraunhofer Project Center for Innovations in Food and Bioresources at ITAL in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil, was officially opened on 5 November 2014. This new facility means that the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV and the Instituto de Tecnologia de Alimentos ITAL (Brazilian Institute of Food Technology) now have a shared building for carrying out their collaborative R&D work.

 

International Conference: Advances in Food Processing

Welcome to Advances in Sustainable Food Processing: Challenges for the Future, the international congress to be held in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil from 5-7 November 2014. Organized by Elsevier, the world's leading provider of science and health information and with the technical and scientific coordination of the Brazilian Institute of Food Technology (Instituto de Tecnologia de Alimentos, ITAL) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging (Fraunhofer IVV, Germany), this international congress will address the unique challenges faced by food processing industries and researchers.