Competence fields in Weser-Ems

Field of activity 7: orientation for the change of nutrition

On the basis of today’s knowledge level the global resources do not allow a globalisation of western nutrition (e.g. the usual supply of protein by means of pigs and cattle). It is important to win the consumers for high protein products on a vegetable basis and for food on the basis of algae and other protein sources.

At the same time not only in the western industrial countries the health consequences of supernutrition and malnutrition are progressing. Due to the consequent illness costs, changes of nutrition are required in the highly developed countries (less sugar and fats).

Impulses for the development of food production also result from the demographic and social transformation. Worldwide life in extended urban regions is increasing (urbanisation). Possibly, within this context, small-scale food production systems are the solution. The increasing markets of the elderly, the growing number of singles or the rising cultural plurality with a growing diversity of nutrition and food cultures additionally have to be considered. 

In the field of nutrition economy the region Weser-Ems has a diversified production. Over decades a leading cluster has been developed. The knowledge of producing food is successfully used by several companies. The large business groups strongly influence the type and design of food products.

With the German Institute for Food Processing Technology (DIL) in Quakenbrück one of the leading institutes for the necessary innovations in new food and production procedures has its location in Weser-Ems. It works for enterprises throughout Germany and at an international level.