The new age has shifted weight to the quality of food products with emphasis, through innovation, on nutritional value, durability, use of local products and targeting to special groups (diabetics, etc.). The sectors with the highest degree of innovation are dairy products, beverages, ready meals, frozen products, appetizers, meat products, chocolate products, sweets, cereals, alcoholic beverages and more. In order to link the production process to research, and, at the same time, promote innova...

Apiculture (or beekeeping) has been an important food-producing activity for millenia. Even today, the main production techniques do not differ significantly from our forfathers' since professional apiculture exists in a very small degree. Taking into account the collapsing bee colonies, applying technological innovation on beehives has been somehow difficult to achieve. However, there have been some new applications with one of them standing out: Flow Hive. According to the manufacturing compa...

In Thailand, since 2013 there is an implemented programme regarding electronic certification of agricultural products' (flora, fauna and fisheries) quality through an electronic application compatible with PC's, notebooks, Android smartphones and tablets. Thai Ministry's of Agriculture and Cooperatives goal is, in cooperation with a national certification body, strengthening production of safe food. Up to that time, the applied system of products' qualification was not considered successful sinc...

There have been various ideas or applications connecting electronic identification and agricultural transactions (i.e. farmer's card, agri-registry etc), however the one that stands out is the Electronic Wallet System (or e-wallet), as developed in Nigeria. It was first introduced in 2012 and, through it, subsidized electronic vouchers for inputs were delivered directly to the farmers' mobile phones and then the vouchers were used like cash to purchase the inputs directly from agro-dealers.

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Traceability is defined as the "ability to monitor the movement of a food in the production, processing and distribution phases". It is a risk management tool that can limit a food safety problem. Food business operators, including importers, may at least identify the undertaking from which the food or substance which may be incorporated into a food has been derived to ensure traceability after an investigation at all stages. It is noted that emphasis should be placed on the ability to monitor t...

The technological advancement of unmanned aircraftσ or drones and the reduction in production costs have led them to become more available to a larger buyers group for research, professional or entertainment reasons. One of the most appropriate uses is agriculture and, in particular, precision farming. Drones can work for the benefit of agriculture, increasing agricultural production, improving competitiveness and making it profitable. The drones are equipped with an autopilot using the GPS and...

Given that the goal of food packaging is to contain food in a cost-effective way that satisfies industry requirements and consumer desires, maintains food safety and minimizes environmental impact, a growing number of entrepreneurs and researchers are working on innovative solutions for food as packaging material. The layer that is in direct contact with the food or beverage is called “food contact material” and it applies to food (and beverage) packaging, but also to any other materials that co...

Rainwater is a precious resource that is seldom effectively captured and used. Rainwater harvesting is a decentralized technology, which requires individual buildings or group of buildings to collect and utilize the rainwater during the monsoon period. The water can be stored in storage tanks and the overflow is usually used to charge the ground water by means of various techniques such as percolation pits, trenches or wells. The objective of a rainwater harvesting system is to collect and store...

Yomast is one of the innovative food products that were distinguished in the recent Ecotrophelia 2017 competition. It is a Greek yogurt with added value, 2% fat, creamy texture, made with cow's milk, mastitis, enriched with vitamin D (D3 form) , Ca (calcium citrate, E333) and P (phosphoric acid, E338). It was developed by targeting a wide consumer audience and exploiting the specific characteristics of mastiha, as the product name Yomast = Yo (gurt) + Mast (iha) also betrays. Yomast won second p...

3D food printing has been a main component of food innovation during the last two decades but now its commercial virtues have been enhanced through accessible prices, marketing and social media. Scientists in MIT Media Lab have experimented on transforming 2D food into 3D food during the cooking process thus creating a process of 4D food printing. They managed to obtain significant results which have been described in their paper (Transformative Appetite: Shape-Changing Food Transforms from 2D...