EIT Food

EIT Food is a pan-European consortium that focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation in the food sector. The members of the EIT Food community are world-class players in the international food domain: over 50 partners from leading businesses, research centers and universities across 13 countries.

Goals and Impact

EIT Food’s vision is to put Europe at the centre of a global revolution in food innovation and production, and its value in society. EIT Food will engage consumers in the change process, improve nutrition and make the food system more resource-efficient, secure, transparent and trusted.

EIT Food has six strategic objectives:
  1. Overcome low consumer trust: support Europeans in the transition towards a smart food system that is inclusive and trusted;
  2. Create consumer valued food for healthier nutrition: enable individuals to make informed and affordable personal nutrition choices;
  3. Build a consumer-centric connected food system: develop a digital food supply network with consumers and industry as equal partners;
  4. Enhance sustainability: develop solutions to transform the traditional ‘produce-use-dispose’ model into a circular bio-economy;
  5. Educate to engage, innovate and advance: provide ‘food system’ skills for students, entrepreneurs and professionals through advanced training programmes and open online courses, and
  6. Catalyse food entrepreneurship and innovation: foster innovation at all stages of business creation.

EIT Food aims to boost the skills and entrepreneurial spirit in the sector and unlock the potential of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), which in turn will accelerate innovation, create jobs, benefit businesses and increase Europe’s competitiveness.

EIT Food aims to, among others:

  1. Create 86 and support 533 start-ups within seven years, attracting in total €191.6M.
  2. Train over 400 graduates from EIT-labelled Master and have 285 000 participants overall in educational programmes over seven years,
  3. Develop 398 new or improved products, services, and processes by 2024, and
  4. Have 147 000 citizens participating in a yearly food trust barometer over the seven years.
This will be achieved by building upon the four pillars of EIT Food:

EIT Food innovation hubs (Co-location Centres)

The pan-European EIT Food Knowledge and Innovation Centre (KIC) is headquartered in Leuven/Belgium.

Regional innovation hubs

EIT Food is structured around five Co-location Centres (CLCs), i.e. in

  • Reading (with partners from the UK, Ireland and Iceland),
  • Warsaw (with partners from Eastern Europe and Nordic countries),
  • Madrid (with partners from Spain, Italy and Israel),
  • Leuven (with partners from Belgium, France and Switzerland) and
  • Munich (with partners from Germany and the Netherlands).

Download here the EIT Food Factsheet.