SuMaFood is an international partnership between 3 industrial partners, 3 universities, and R&D research institutes from Greece, Norway, Romania, and Spain. In addition, the project Consortium has four associated partners that will contribute with biomass to the project and through their involvement in an External Industry Advisory Board. SuMaFood is coordinated by SINTEF Energy Research (Norway).
Globally, about one third of the food produced for human consumption is wasted every year. While more than 40% of the food losses in industrialised countries occur at retail and consumer levels, more than half of the losses take place upstream in the food supply chain.
Food waste has significant climate and environmental impacts due to increased emissions in the supply chain, waste disposal, and unnecessary use of energy, water, and land. This also has a negative impact economically in terms of the associated costs, for food security, and for securing political and economic/societal development in the world.
The Blue Bioeconomy Strategy is part of EU’s ambition to increase the use of marine resources to make products, such as novel foods and additives, animal feeds, and nutraceuticals, but also pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Enhanced food production from marine biological resources will contribute to reduced pressure on land resources for agriculture, mitigate climate change, and enable future food security and sustainability. In addition, there are several nutritional and health benefits from marine food due to the high level of proteins, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins.
The main objective of SuMaFood is to develop and demonstrate eco-innovative preservation solutions for marine biomasses. The innovation cases of the project target the development of market-ready and consumer-accepted functional food and ingredients from marine by-products, aquatic overproduction, and seaweed.
SuMaFood focuses on the following technological areas within the aquatic food chain: