June 23, 2020


Nofima leads new center for research-driven innovation



Nofima will host a new center for research-driven innovation called the SFI Digital Food Quality Center, the Norwegian research institute for aquaculture announced this month.

Additionally, Nofima becomes a key partner to Sintef Ocean and NTNU in the SFI Harvest Center Technologies for sustainable biomarine value creation.

"I appreciate the Research Council of Norway grants… for research-driven innovation. These grants create predictability in important areas. Nofima is naturally very pleased with the grants to SFI Digital Food Quality, which we host and SFI Harvest," said Øyvind Fylling-Jensen, CEO of Nofima.

"We have entered the fourth industrial revolution, where digital data is the driving force. All machines and instruments communicate with each other and collaborate via digital networks. This creates new opportunities for the food industry," said senior researcher Jens Petter Wold at Nofima.

Petter will lead SFI Digital Food Quality.

The purpose of the Digital Food Quality Center is to contribute to a greener planet, a healthier population and better dining experiences for consumers. Smart sensors and robots, combined with machine learning and efficient analysis of big data, make it possible to tailor exactly the quality both food producers and the consumers want in a sustainable way.

"The Norwegian food industry is technologically advanced and there is great interest in good digital solutions. A total of kr188 million (US$19.6 million) over eight years gives SFI Digital Food Quality a unique opportunity to develop solutions which will be available and useful to farmers, food industry, grocery stores and consumers," said Petter.

By using smart measurement methods and machine learning, it will be possible to model relationships between farmer's practices, raw material characteristics, food processing and product quality.

In SFI Harvest, Nofima leads two research areas. Research director Ragnhild Dragøy Whitaker of Nofima will be responsible for the development of products and business models and from various low-tropical species.

"The knowledge and facilities Nofima have within technology and processing of various biomasses will be an important cornerstone of the research. The purpose is to contribute to higher value and utilisation of these low-tropical species," said Whitaker.

The other research area, which focuses on sustainable harvesting models, is led by research director Bent Dreyer of Nofima.

"An important condition for sustainable utilising is to choose harvesting strategies that make us able to preserve the most important attributes of the raw material. This allows us to produce the most valuable products. At SFI Harvest, we will have the opportunity to put together knowledge from the entire value chain," said Dreyer.


The total budget for Nofima's efforts in SFI Harvest is kr16.8 million (US$1.8 million).

- Nofima