cLabel+: Innovative Natural, Nutritious and Consumer Oriented “Clean Label” Foods
The cLabel + project: Innovative natural, nutritious, and consumer-oriented “clean label” foods is a project promoted by a consortium led by Sumol + Compal, bringing together a total of 20 entities, including companies (8) and non-corporate entities from the R&I (12), with the general objective of responding to the challenges that the consumer poses to the food industry.
The project’s aims at developing processes and products that are understood by the consumer as consistent with products with natural ingredients, with limited use of a high number of additives, and that allow, due to their physical, chemical, and nutritional properties, to provide the expected experience, maintaining food security.
For the consumer to perceive and decode the “clean label”, a number of processes and products will be developed that will result in concrete mentions on the product labels that customers and consumers will recognize as associated with a product consistent with the “clean label” concept.
In this regard, the cLabel + project will consist of 5 PPS aimed at: i) nutritional valorization of products through macronutrients and processing conditions; ii) innovative solutions and “clean label” for reducing sugar and modeling the sweetening power in foods; iii) stabilization and “clean label” conservation of sauces, meat products, and confectionery; iv) new methodologies for the integration and optimization of the consumer response; v) project management, dissemination, and enhancement of results.
The project is aligned with the Portuguese Agrofood Cluster Action Plan and it aims to develop products and processes in a logic of transversal mobilization of human resources, with a vast curriculum and experience in the development and implementation of R&D projects in the thematic areas. of cLabel+.
Started on 1-06-2020
CINTESIS Researchers Involved
Conceição Calhau (PI), Ana Faria