Processed fruits and olives play an important role in the healthy eating of European consumers. As traditional food products, they are an important part of the cultural heritage of the European society. To assure the diversity of traditional food in European markets, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that are producing and processing traditional foods must extend their skills in business development and production techniques.
The sub-network “Traditional Products of Fruits” of TRAFOON aims at supporting SMEs that are producing traditional foods made of fruits and olives. In order to do so, TRAFOON interlinks researchers, knowledge transfer agents, and SME associations from the Poland, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Serbia, Switzerland and Belgium to foster sustainable innovation transfer and entrepreneurship in the sector of traditional foods for the benefit of Europe.
Based on an inventory of needs in the first year, a range of training activities for SMEs and food researchers are developed:
- 10 training workshops in 5 European countries (Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Poland, Serbia) will be performed including innovations in raw material production, food processing, food safety, certification, labelling, packaging, marketing and entrepreneurship (additional information in the TRAFOON project website)
- The open access web-based Information-Shop will publish all the transferred innovations
These activities will increase the interaction of research and food SMEs to identify gaps of innovations, to develop future research projects and to collectively form a future strategic and innovation agenda for the European traditional food sector.