Kitchen Lab
The space for innovation in South Tyrol food industry
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Ahead of the future: NOI Techpark

NOI Techpark is South Tyrol’s innovation district. Private companies, research institutions and the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano work here on ecological and economic advancements for society. Keeping pace with the times – if not one step ahead – they create solid networks and provide the infrastructure and know-how to carry out research and development.

NOI does not just stand for Nature of Innovation; we live and breathe it. So, while the world inundates us with questions, we transform it with solutions. This is how innovation thrives at NOI, one moment it can be steady, the next – disruptive. But there is one constant in the work we do: sustainability. The research conducted here focuses on four core technical areas: Green, Food, Digital and Automotive & Automation. Nine hundred entrepreneurs, start-uppers, researchers, and students work here every day to ensure that business and research are closely linked – creating a forward-looking region and sustainable progress.

Quality from the knowledge of the region: food technologies

Health and sustainability are the trends that will shape the food industry in the coming decades. In this regard, South Tyrol has been a leader for quite some time. In the NOI food labs, we are further expanding on these areas of strength. Have we utilised everything, or are there bioactive substances in waste materials that we can extract and recombine? How can we increase our knowledge on the effects and preservation of ingredients? And what could personalised nutritional solutions look like? These types of questions pique our curiosity and keep us busy. We develop innovative food products from regional ingredients. Our laboratories and pilot facilities specialise in the following categories: bread, milk, meat, wine and beer, fruit and vegetables.

We conduct research with a purpose. With chemical food analyses, we can improve quality controls, for example. Isotope analysis helps determine the origin of ingredients and raw materials. We examine production processes with the advantage of having an outside perspective and expertise behind us. Food manufacturers can reconstruct their processing chains in our laboratory and optimise each production step.

From the lab to the company and vice versa: tech transfer

The Tech Transfer Food Technologies team at NOI is the linchpin for research and technology in the food industry. Thus, it is also the first stop for innovation and product development for the food industry in South Tyrol.

At NOI, innovative food products are created when research and technology form new alliances. The Tech Transfer Food Technologies team is located at this very interface. It brings together companies and research institutions on a regional and international level. We promote technology transfer with targeted services:

  • Events promoting the transfer of know-how: we provide companies with information on trends and how to utilise new technologies.
  • Networking and collaboration offers: we connect companies with the right partners for innovative projects.
  • Individual consulting and guidance: we support companies in their R&D projects.

Network of all stakeholders in the South Tyrolean food industry: we bring together research institutions and experts, companies and start-ups, trade associations, syndicates, and educational institutions.