EIT Food

What is EIT Food?

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) brings together leading higher education institutions, research labs and companies to form dynamic cross-border partnerships - Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) - that develop innovative products and services, start new companies and train a new generation of entrepreneurs.

EIT Food is a European Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC), part of the EIT, which was set up to transform our food ecosystem. It is a consortium of over 50 partners from leading businesses, universities, research centres and institutes across 13 countries in Europe, with the ambition to create a future proof and effective food sector through a connected food system.  By connecting consumers with businesses, start-ups, researchers and students from around Europe, EIT Food supports innovative and economically sustainable initiatives which improve our health, our access to quality food, and our environment.

Goals and Impact

EIT Food's vision is to put Europe at the centre of a global revolution in food innovation and production, and its value in society.  EIT Food will engage consumers in the change process, improve nutrition and make the food system more resource-efficient, secure, transparent and trusted.

EIT Food has six strategic objectives

1. Gain consumer trust

EIT Food supports European citizens in the transition towards a smart food system that is inclusive and reassuring.                           

2. Create healthier food choices

EIT Food enables individuals to make informed and affordable personal nutrition choices.

3. Build a connected food system around the consumer

EIT Food develops a digital food supply network with consumers and industry as equal partners.

4. Enhance sustainability

EIT Food develops solutions to transform the traditional 'produce-use-dispose' model into a circular bio-economy.

5. Educate to engage, innovate and advance

EIT Food provides 'food system' skills for more than 10,000 students, entrepreneurs and professionals through advanced training programmes.

6. Promote food entrepreneurship and innovation

EIT Food fosters innovation at all stages of business creation.

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