In the European Union, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the food sector are increasingly under pressure due to the opening of markets, an increasing demand of standardized and price competitive food products by the consumers, the rising importance of large retailers, and the challenges of conforming to governmental regulations.
These increased demands put at risk many traditional foods as well as traditional processing techniques still available today. SMEs using locally sourced raw materials and century-old recipes and processing methods are a cornerstone of the cultural identity of European regions. In the urban centers, groups of consumers are increasingly demanding traditional, local and/or organic food productions, as food scandals and the dispute on GMO undermine public confidence in industrial food producing systems. To economically survive and to partake in these modern consumer markets, SMEs producing traditional foods must extend their skills, both in terms of business development and production techniques, to comply with existing European regulations and to promote the aspects of their products related to nutrition and health.
To support these traditional SMEs, TRAFOON has set sail in November 2013 to establish a knowledge transfer network with a focus on food products made of grains, fish, fruits, vegetables and mushrooms to support traditional food producing SMEs. The TRAFOON network will interlink researchers, knowledge transfer agents, and SME associations in 14 European countries to foster sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship in the sector of traditional foods for the benefit of the regions of Europe and the European consumer.


TRAFOON Flyer - General Informations
trafoon Flyer General.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 4.1 MB
TRAFOON Flyer - Fish
trafoon Flyer Fish.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 3.2 MB
TRAFOON Flyer - Grain
trafoon Flyer Grain.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 3.0 MB
TRAFOON Flyer - Vegetables & Mushrooms
trafoon Flyer Vegetables & Mushrooms.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 3.5 MB
TRAFOON Flyer - Fruits & Olives
trafoon Flyer Fruits & Olives.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 3.0 MB

TRAFOON Successful Open Innovation case:

Dirfis Mushrooms in close collaboration with scientists from the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart) Germany developed dried mushroom products, naturally-enriched with vitamin D in a sustainable way using a innovative solar drying technology.

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 613912