Improved quality, shelf life and less waste in the value chain of Icelandic vegetables

Project title: Improved quality, shelf life and less waste in the value chain of Icelandic vegetables

Partners: University of Iceland, the retail chain Samkaup

Research Fund: Matvælasjóður

Initial year: 2021

Service Category:

Vegetables & Grains

contact

Ólafur Reykdal

Project Manager

olafur.reykdal@matis.is

The project is intended to strengthen the vegetable sector in Iceland with new knowledge that supports the development of the sector, which means increased production, more employment opportunities and an increased supply of nutritious products.

The opportunities are based on a larger domestic market share and exports. At the same time, the goal is to create added value from what is produced and reduce waste. The main topics are shelf life research, research on ways to make value from underutilized horticultural by-products and analyzes aimed at reducing waste in the entire vegetation chain of vegetables. The project began in 2021 and will end in 2022. Partners are the University of Iceland (due to a master project on shelf life) and the retail chain Samkaup. Close consultation will be held with the Association of Horticultural Farmers and the Horticultural Sales Association, and advice will be purchased from the Agricultural Advisory Center. The sponsor is Matvælasjóður.