The FOODNUTRI research infrastructure has been granted €3.5 million in funding by the Academy of Finland. The three-year project is headed by Professor of Food Safety Marina Heinonen from the University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry.
The project will diversely utilise Finnish raw materials as well as novel technical solutions for processing and packaging, also producing information on the composition, structure and safety of food products and their ingredients, physiological responses to food, consumer attitudes, food consumption, nutrient intake and the sustainability of food choices.
FOODNUTRI will serve researchers, businesses, authorities, healthcare professionals, farmers and other stakeholders.
The Viikki Food Design Factory (VFDF) and other innovation platforms coordinated by the FOODNUTRI partners constitute a substantial resource for developing the FOODNUTRI service concept.
The infrastructure encompasses seven research platforms: Food processing; Food characterisation; Food safety; Physiological responses to food; Sensory and consumer research; Food consumption and nutrient intake; and Environmental sustainability and footprint.