Food production and distribution is a huge sector, with significant environmental impact. The EU is prioritising green and circular solutions across the entire food supply chain. Funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, the SERENADE project focuses on the end of the food supply chain, developing solutions that target food waste at households, supermarkets and retailers.

Project work spans three pillars, namely food, sensors and materials technologies. It will produce two innovations: a smart, sustainable, sensor-based food container to monitor food freshness; and a handheld food spoilage AI-based analyser to assess freshness of unpackaged products.

Moreover, SERENADE will train seven PhD candidates in several food- and technology-related fields, creating the next generation of experts in sustainable food production.