The two organisations have pledged to offer ‘technical support from seed to shelf’ through the strategic partnership, which is designed to benefit processors of all sizes.
It would make the prowess of 600 experts in fields ranging from post-harvest technology and food processing and preservation to packaging and hygiene and food safety assurance, said Campden BRI.
A spokesman for the organisation told FoodProductionDaily.com it was too early to discuss joint initiatives that the partners would be working on, as these had not even been decided. However, he said one area they would look at would be “reduction of waste post-harvest”.
‘Sustainable, efficient production’
“That’s all about sustainable, efficient production and ensuring good practice and minimising waste.”
In addition, both parties would consider uniform and consistent implementation of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) and risk assessment principles across the supply chain, he added.
The partnership would be rolled out from late 2013 through specific initiatives and support packages, said Campden BRI.
It said the collaboration was forged to help the industry maintain sustainable production and high food safety standards in the face of a global population increasing in size and affluence.
Boosting food production
Campden BRI claimed the move would also enable both parties to offer greater support for initiatives from government and non-governmental organisations aimed at boosting food production.
It would also draw on their extensive and long-established skills in information, publishing, knowledge management and training to ensure the latest research and innovation is identified and practically applied.
“The days when agriculture and food processing are seen as separate activities are fast disappearing,” said professor Steven Walker, director general of Campden BRI. “If we are to meet the challenges of tomorrow, we need to take an integrated approach to the supply chain.
“Combining our facilities, skills and expertise in processing technology, preservation, packaging and safety assurance with CABI’s in areas such as agronomy, biodiversity and food security, makes us ideal partners to support the integrated food supply chain.”