We generate and develop business opportunities for the food value chain actors. Our R&D is dedicated to addressing the needs of the food industry to achieve sustainable growth through products, technology and tools to fulfil their needs.
Adding value to the product and increasing the efficiency of products and processes, which are key for the competitiveness of companies
We develop and generate solutions, products, technologies, tools and strategies to ensure short term competitiveness and the long term economic, environmental and social sustainability throughout the food chain. All of this is aimed at:
- Efficient use of resources.
- Increased production efficiency and cost savings.
- Reduction at source of declines, rejects, food losses, food wastage, by-products, waste and discharges.
- Assessment and reduction of the environmental and social impact of food products, processes and facilities throughout the entire life cycle.
- Integration in the circular economy, making optimum use of underused resources.
- Differentiation of products compared with the competitors due to their better environmental and social characteristics.
To reach these objectives, we are working on 5 lines:
Economic valuation of food by-products: Biorefinery and New bio-based products
We offer developments, strategies and processes to obtain commercial value compounds or increased economic-environmental value of products, compounds, substances or molecules based on underused food fractions (surplus, losses and waste, discards, by-products and co-products) for their use as an ingredient, additive, raw material or intermediate material in food for humans, animal feed, bio-energies or bio-materials.
To do so, we offer:
- Preparation of integral operating plans: Design and dimensioning of the storage, collection, transport and logistics systems. Advanced by-product treatment / processing for its economic valuation. Technical and economic study of the most profitable scenarios and circular economy in the short and/or long term.
- Feasible extraction of bio-based products: Obtaining of high value-added products for health (high value compounds, functional ingredients, etc.) based on by-products. Design of biorefinery processes. Obtaining high value-added products through bio-conversion. Pre-industrial validation of products and obtaining processes.
- Food waste reduction: Development and application of solutions to take advantage of food waste in all of the stages of the food chain.
Sustainability assessment and communication
We are working to add value to food through sustainability, developing solutions, strategies and IT tools for the comprehensive economic and socio-environmental improvement of food products throughout their life cycle by means of:
- Eco-design of new foods and facilities.
- Life cycle analysis of food products and processes.
- Harmonised calculation of certifiable environmental footprints (EPDs, PEF, OEF…).
- Information systems and environmental communication to the consumer.
- Monitoring and simulation of consumption, costs and environmental impact, and calculation of environmental footprints associated with products, organisations and value chains.
Eco-efficient savings and production
Sustainability and the circular economy is the path for the survival of companies in the long term
We develop and implement solutions to increase the eco-efficiency of companies and their production processes. Comprehensive improvement plans, innovative technological solutions, low-cost operations, all of which are aimed at:
- Water, energy, raw materials and materials savings.
- Increased production efficiency.
- Reduction at source of declines, rejects, losses, waste, food wastage and effluents.
Improved ergonomics of processes
We are working on the social sustainability of food activities through the development of work environments adapted to the specific needs and characteristics of the working population in each company:
- Analysis and ergonomic diagnosis of equipment, processes, facilities and jobs.
- Strategies, actions and re-design of equipment, processes, facilities and jobs to minimise ergonomic risks and the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace.
Food Chain 4.0
We develop technological actions and solutions to foster the implementation of the 4.0 concept in the food chain. More specifically, we are working on two lines:
- Advanced Sensorics: Monitoring and/or continuous automatic classification in accordance with the differentiating criteria, through the development and validation of continuous non-destructive sensor solutions. We are experts in the identification of critical quality, efficiency or differential parameters and attributes in food products and processes.
- Digitalisation – BIG DATA – Process Analytical Technology (PAT): Diagnostics of the state of digitalisation in the food chain and companies. Complex data processing. Predictive modelling of processes and product quality. Generation of models for process and system automation. Automated/robotised process design.