Food innovation incubator 

Austria – led by FH Joanneum

Current situation requiring improvements 

There’s currently no regional infrastructure where regional food chain actors can exchange on and find solutions to existing gaps with adequate support.

Main activities in FAIRCHAIN

Launch of an incubator programme that encompasses consulting, networking and prototyping of products, processes and technologies for intermediate food value chain actors

Progress to date

  • The Food Innovation Incubator at FH JOANNEUM has been bringing together small farmers, scientists and food entrepreneurs of Austria’s Graz region. Together, they are developing innovative solutions for the management of fruit and vegetable co-products by scaling them up into unique regional products such as varietal apple sorbet, vegetable soup, freeze-dried tomatoes, and garlic paste.
  • To promote knowledge transfer, the Food Innovation Incubator also offers trainings tailored to the needs of regional farmers (e.g., product prototyping) and access to the Food Processing Lab.
  • New food trends that could favour the development of intermediate value chains such as the convenience products using local ingredients aimed at communal kitchens or life-cycle-oriented origin analysis are discussed during networking sessions.