Tecnoalimenti (TCA) is a joint private-public non-profit research consortium specialised in agrifood research management. It is composed of 28 agrifood sector industries and one financial institution, trustee of the Italian Ministry of University and Research.


TCA was established over 30 years ago for involving food industries in research, promoting, co-ordinating and executing industrial research, and today is the leader organisation at national level within the agro-food sector and works as an industrial platform that integrates horizontally and vertically the main industrial players of the food chain.

Tecnoalimenti has a wide experience in involving industry (large and SMEs) in research activities, thanks to its institutional function of bridging industry and research players.


In its long activity, Tecnoalimenti has acquired a sound experience in managing research and training activities and in carrying out research and dissemination at national and international level. TCA is also active on the market of agro-food innovation leading a flow of contracts from industry towards University and RTOs.

TCA has acquired skills in technological transfer of research results towards agro-food industries, managing IPR issues and commercial issues linked with royalties.


As member of EARTO and of the Italian Food for Life ETP and as member of the steering board of both the National Agrifood Cluster CL.AN and the Regional Lombardy Agrifood Cluster CAT.AL, Tecnoalimenti has a wide experience in European research. A selection of the most relevant and recent experiences: as coordinator: TRACEBACK, eMensa; as support to management: HighQ RTE; as research partner: Bioactive-net Healthgrain - Baseline - http://rditac.comEinstein IITRISK 

Activities in EDEN:

Within EDENproject, Tecnoalimenti is leader of the Food Demo Pillar and participates in the Project Management Board. It is also responsible of the following activities:

-          collaboration in the definition of food demo scenarios

-          food chains analysis and identification of surveillance points along the food chains

-          coordination of demo food Workpackage

-          collaboration to the designing of food demos

-          involving industrial partners in the food demos

-          supporting dissemination activities in food sector.