- Led by Grupo Uvesa and with the participation of six other agri-food companies
- For four years, the creation of new healthy food products that meet consumer demand has been investigated
This year the TECFOOD project led by Grupo UVESA and focused on the creation of new healthy food products that meet consumer demand comes to an end. 3D food printing has been the star technology of the project, with a cooking and sanitation system and software for preparing previously designed dishes. In this way, a healthy and balanced diet is facilitated, based on food preparations, integrated into sustainable cartridges, adapted to the printing machine.
The objective of this R&D effort by the UVESA Group and the rest of the participants has been to increase the innovative capacity of the agri-food industry through the development of new processes and food products with greater added value, as well as to promote the development of emerging sectors with a high technological content such as the 3D food printer. All this in order to be able to satisfy the needs and expectations of end consumers and of a society that demands food products with a healthy nutritional profile and with new textures, without forgetting the requirements of an increasingly aging population.
The Clúster Food+i, promoter of TECFOOD, is made up of seven companies: UVESA, Indurken, Cooperativa Clun, Dcoop S. Coop. And., ITC Packaging, Congelados Noriberica and Natural Machines, who have joined forces to investigate the industrial processing of new technologically advanced products, balanced from a nutritional point of view and in innovative formats.
To achieve the results of the project, the business consortium has relied on collaboration with technology centers and universities with extensive experience in research in the food sector: Tecnalia, Food Technology Center CTIC-CITA, Aimplas, Leitat, Anfaco , Autonomous University of Barcelona, University of Vigo and Eurecat. The project has been financed by the Center for Technological and Industrial Development (CDTI), in the CIEN Strategic Projects program, and has lasted 4 years.