In today’s Europe small and medium-sized food enterprises (SMEs) need to keep reinventing themselves if they want to remain profitable. The free online magazine Taste of Science helps these food producers, by keeping them posted on new trends, scientific knowledge and technological developments. This way entrepreneurs can get new ideas on innovation & growth opportunities.
“Food production is challenged with globalisation, resource scarcity and changing demands. On top of tasty and safe foods, consumers want food to tell a story, have natural ingredients and be prepared in a transparent and sustainable way. The free online magazine Taste of Science presents solutions that inspire and enable food producers like bakeries, cheese- and sausage-makers to meet these demands” Editor in Chief, Jeroen Knol.
TRADEIT Network Coordinator, Dr. Helena McMahon from the Institute of Technology Tralee says, “Taste of Science aims to connect, inform, inspire and support SME food producers by providing technological and business intelligence that is application ready. Food Entrepreneurs receive a high return on time invested in Taste of Science in terms of quality of actionable knowledge accessed. Taste of Science events capitalise on the power of people and collaboration, bringing together SME food producers and experts from across borders to share skills, technologies, insights and most of all to create new partnerships and business opportunities.”
Food producing entrepreneurs will also find inspiration by reading interviews with others who have found ways to improve their business, or who have jumped into a gap in the market. In addition to the website and newsletters, Taste of Science collaborates in hands-on food production workshops across Europe. These events bring food entrepreneurs, technologists, chefs, farmers and consumers together, to network, collaborate and share best practices.
The EU funded TRADEIT Network led by the Institute of Technology Tralee alongside 9 European Hubs, aims to strengthen regional economies and the competitiveness of SME food producers. TRADEIT is a collaboration between researchers, food networks, traditional food SMEs, academic institutions, SME clusters, technology providers, food associations and entrepreneurial networks.
The European Federation of Food Science & Technology (EFFoST) pushes the production of sustainable and healthy food by facilitating knowledge exchange. It enables food scientists and technologists, businesses in food and food-related areas and European policymakers to deploy new technologies and developments. More than 130 societies, institutes and universities are affiliated to EFFoST.