The European Technology Platform (ETP) ‘Food for Life’ is an industry-led, public/ private partnership encouraged by the European Commission to drive innovation and unite stakeholder communities within the food and drink sector. It was established in 2005 under the auspices of the European food industry and represents a unique opportunity for all stakeholders in the food chain to both increase their competitive strength and to safeguard the continued well-being and welfare of consumers across Europe.
Using a series of scientific working groups drawn from industry, academia and research institutions, the ETP ‘Food for Life’ developed a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) in 2007. This document is regularly updated in order to reflect the new societal frameworks and challenges for the food industry and the policy developments. Consequently, a full revision resulted in a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) launched in 2012. The last version of the SRIA published in 2014 follows a special focus on innovation and identifies 20 research priorities for the food sector, grouped under three headlines:
- Create opportunities for a sustainable and competitive agri-food industry, through innovation in food processing;
- Deliver strategic solutions for safe foods and healthy diets for all;
- Promote informed consumer choices.