Fraunhofer UMSICHT is a pioneer of a sustainable energy and raw materials management, providing scientific results and transferring them to businesses, society and politics. The dedicated team researches and develops together with partners sustainable products, processes and services that inspire.
Developments by UMSICHT shall be economically successful, socially equitable and sustainable. The balance between these objectives is always at the forefront of thinking. The institute has sites in Oberhausen, Willich and Sulzbach-Rosenberg (Germany).
In 2016, the institute generated a turnover of more than 38.8 million EUR with a staff of 465 persons.
As one of 69 institutes and research units of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the leading organization for applied research in Europe, we are part of a worldwide network and promote international collaborations.
Kaunas University of Technology (KTU)
Two organizations from Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) with special tasks are involved in the project: (i) KTU Department of Food Science and Technology (KTU DFST) and (ii) KTU Food Institute (KTU FI).
KTU with its Department of Food Science and Technology (KTU-DFST) is the only one in Lithuania to train food technology specialists at all levels of university education and performs scientific research in food industries. Food Science covers from raw materials to finished food products. The Food Institute (KTU-FI) consists of sensory, microbiology, chemistry and technology laboratories, and Food Research Center (LST EN ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation, scope: physical chemical and microbiological research of food products).
The ERA-NET SusFood2 collaboration will extend the perspectives of Lithuanian researchers in the development of new functional food products. The intended project contribution in the development of the field of science is complex, because research is focused on the bioconversion of industrial waste to value added products. This sustainable approach enables to unite the efforts of KTU and the food production companies in Lithuania by implementing new, environmentally friendly technologies.
University of Milan (UNIMI)
The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (DISFARM) of Milan University, created in 2012, promotes the coordination of interdisciplinary research lines in the framework of pharmaceutical sciences. The most important topics concerns the design, synthesis, development and control of new biologically active molecules, new pharmaceutical forms, dietary foods, biocides and of medical devices. In particular, the research activity of the Food Chemistry Group is mainly focused on the development of innovative functional foods and food supplements for the prevention of chronic and other diseases. The development of analytical and molecular methods to investigate the beneficial properties of phytochemicals, vegetable proteins and peptides are the central core of Food Chemistry research group.
DISFARM’s scientific activities are financially supported by Italian and European grants and are also assisted by collaborations with public institutions and national/international companies. With the purpose of training young researchers, the Department hosts the PhD course in “Pharmaceutical Sciences”, as well as the specialization school in “Hospital Pharmacy”, an interuniversity master and five post-graduate programs.
DISFARM is enrolled in QuESTIO (Quality Evaluation in Science and Technology for Innovation Opportunity) an initiative coordinated by Regione Lombardia mapping research services, technology transfer, and support for innovation.
Berief Food GmbH
The engineer Herman Berief founded the „Tofu Kostwerk GmbH“ in Diestedde, Westphalia, on August 15 in 1985. This was preceded by a three-year-long development phase, which culminated in the construction of a plant for the automated production of tofu from whole soybeans.
Today, „Tofu Kostwerk GmbH“ is renamed to “Berief Food GmbH” and has invested around 12 million euros in the construction of new production and warehouse buildings as well as in the acquisition of production and filling facilities. With the pioneering spirit of the company, they consistently work on new product and recipe ideas based on plants.
Berief Food GmbH develops and manufactures excellent products in organic quality from selected vegetable ingredients in Beckum. As a specialist in plant nutrition, they are committed to sustainability and the responsible and economical use of food. The Berief team offers the highest product quality and excellent service – a claim that partners and customers can rely on.