With food security set high on the socio-political agenda, innovative food processing technologies can help to meet the demand of sustainable and affordable healthy diets for a growing and aging population. Teaming up with key industry and market players, iNOBox main goal is to integrate in the Norwegian food industry more efficient, profitable and sustainable processing, securing the supply of safe, high-quality and nutritious foods.
Through cross-disciplinary research, iNOBox will greatly advance the current knowledge on innovative technologies, such as cold plasma, pulsed electric fields, ultrasounds, UV-light, high-pressure processing and microwaves. Safer and healthier foods resulting from innovative processing will improve the public health system through reduced prevalence of food allergy, diet-related diseases, food recalls and associated health/social costs.

Consumers will also benefit from reduced food waste through the extended shelf-life of innovative foods (438 MNOK/yr savings for each extra day’s shelf-life). iNOBox outcomes will foster energy savings in the food sector (1.5-5%), reduced gas emissions (0.1% on national level) and high-skilled jobs in decentralised areas.

To ensure the successful implementation of innovative processes, food producers must be aware of their benefits (and how to communicate them to the consumers), their suitability for different products/applications, as well as scientific, technical and regulatory aspects. iNOBox aims to develop a web-based innovation toolbox to help food industry make informed decisions on process innovation, overcome bottlenecks to market and ensure innovative products reach the consumers. The e-toolbox will be built upon durable projects outputs and external data sources, enabling effective knowledge sharing of iNOBox outcomes.

Led by Nofima, the iNOBox team includes (inter)national research/industry partners and will provide unique training opportunities to young scientists (2 PhDs and 2 Postdocs). The Toxinology Research Group at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute is leading Workpackage 4, which is dedicated to assess aspects of toxicology and allergenicity of innovative agri-food products. By evaluating consequences of changes in the food metabolome and immune reactivity of food proteins for consumer health, the food safety of the novel products will be assessed.

The project is funded through the Bionær program of the Norwegian Research Council (NFR 281106).


Project partners:

Nofima (NO)
Veterinærinstituttet (NO)
Østfoldforskning (NO)
University of Liverpool (UK)
Campden BRI (UK)
University of Zaragoza (ES)
Bamagruppen (NO)
Den stolte hane (NO)
Findus Norge (NO)
Fjordland og Matvarehuset (NO)
Fjordkjøkken (NO)
MatBørsen (NO)
Advanced Microwave Technologies (UK)
ELEA-Technology (DE)
Hiperbaric (ES/US)
UV Technology (UK)


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