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Photonics-Packaging Partnership for Food Innovation
ESCP-4i Status: 
Preparation Phase - Strand1
Start of Partnership: 
Previous initiatives: 
ESCP Pilots 2013: 
Partnership duration
24 months
Number of partners
Number of SMEs involved
Targeted third countries

Over recent times in history, Europe has evolved from the past century, where wars were usual, and everyone was looking at himself, towards a new era where people work under the same vision. An era started at the creation of the European Community in 1957, meaning something that citizens of the Old Continent would never expect before. However, one of the worst economic crises that have hit Europe has weakened its cohesion and markets with so much intensity that it is still recovering from its drawbacks. As a consequence, many doubts have risen about belonging to the EC, and this might endanger the work made with that much hope before. Nevertheless, there are still many European citizens that truly believe in the project developed fifty years before and have the motivation and capacity to go even further of what Europe has become until now with an ambitious regenerating process. Within the scope of this regeneration, Europe has given strength to the clusters. Since they emerged, the EC has been working close to them to establish a stronger collaborative network and go more rooted in the development of a common strategy along the European Community. Furthermore, this standard approach has also been empowered by other support initiatives, such as the framework programmes, that are defining the supporting pillars of our future economy. In the frame of the mentioned support initiatives, such as Horizon 2020 (H2020) and the Key Enabling Technologies (KETs), new concepts, such as photonics, are taking the advantage and becoming a push for the current industry. On the other hand, new emerging sectors that reinvent or revolutionize the previous ones, are increasing the employment during last years, as it is the case of advanced packaging. It is clear that both the KETs and the emerging industries will play a crucial role in Europe. But working together to create synergies between them will for sure cause even a more significant impact on our economy. This is, in fact, the aim of the FoodPackLab consortium, which brings together photonics and packaging technologies with one of the oldest industries ever: the food industry. The FoodPackLab consortium will then:

  1. Foster synergies between photonics, packaging and food industries towards current worldwide challenges: food processing, security, and hygiene reducing of food waste and Circular Economy in packaging procedures.
  2. Positioning Europe as a reference in the food industry outside of the continent, developing new food value chain methodologies, with particular emphasis on food packaging, and export them to third countries facing new challenges. Bringing together the companies, technological centers and research groups of the consortium clusters will give rise to new opportunities that, otherwise, would have never appeared themselves if everyone had worked alone.


Sectoral Industries: 
Food Processing and Manufacturing
Technology Fields: 
AGROFOOD INDUSTRYTechnologies for the food industryFood Packaging / Handling
S3 EU priority areas: 
Public health and securityFood security & safety
Emerging industries: 
Advanced Packaging
Partnership planned events: 
Partnership other activities: 

Development and signature of the strategy of FoodPackLab Internationalisation in third countries. 

To develop a common Strategy for internationalization of 'photonics-for-food' innovative technologies in third countries.

Other key partners or networks your partnership is linked with in Europe and in third countries: 
Packaging Cluster

Partnership composition

Name Sector/Technology fields Country Regions Total no. of members Total no. of SME
Packaging Cluster Paper and Packaging, Plastics

Food Packaging / Handling, Packaging for machines

KETSAdvanced materials, Manufacturing & IndustryFood, beverage & tobacco products

Advanced Packaging, Digital Industries
Spain Cataluña 70 52
Systematic Paris-Region Communications Equipment and Services, Information Technology and Analytical Instruments

Embedded Systems and Real Time Systems, Advanced Systems Architecture

Digital AgendaICT trust, cyber security & network security, Information & Communication Technologies (ICT)Telecommunications

Digital Industries, Experience Industries
France Île de France 800 480
foodRegio Fishing and Fishing Products, Food Processing and Manufacturing

Food Additives/Ingredients/Functional Food, Food Processing

Manufacturing & IndustryFood, beverage & tobacco products
Germany Schleswig-Holstein 83 35
OPTICSVALLEY Business Services

Automation, Robotics Control Systems, Micro- and Nanotechnology

KETSMicro/Nano electronics, KETSNanotechnology

Creative Industries, Medical Devices
France Île de France 210 150
Food-Processing Initiative e.V. Food Processing and Manufacturing

Food Processing, Food Technology

Manufacturing & IndustryFood, beverage & tobacco products, Public health and securityFood security & safety
Germany Detmold 121 77
secpho - collaborate to innovate Agricultural Inputs and Services, Automotive

Imaging, Image Processing, Pattern Recognition, Micro- and Nanotechnology

KETSPhotonics, Sustainable innovationSmart green & integrated transport systems

Advanced Packaging, Medical Devices
Spain Cataluña 58 34