A food technologist is eligible for employment in various positions in an organization that include: Production, Product Development, Marketing, Consultancy, Project Implementation, Maintenance, Sensory Evaluation, HRD, Extension, Entrepreneurship Development, Quality Assurance, Research & Development, Teaching, Project Financing, and Project Appraisal.
It is estimated that nearly 25-35% of perishable food produced in the farm is wasted or rendered unfit for human consumption due to improper storage and preservation annually which can be saved by the help of food technologists.
Industrial sectors that involve food production are flourishing at a very high rate internationally owing to the increasing market and demand thus increasing the scope and facility of this particular field.
Global Business/Research of Food
The global food and beverage industry is growing at 3.5% a year and is expected to be worth more than US$7 trillion by 2014. Key trends for new product development are in health, convenience, naturality and sustainability. New foods based on fruits and vegetables fulfill many of the demands of the premium consumer. The intrinsic “health halo” of natural produce make ingredients derived from fruits and vegetables highly sought after in the global marketplace. The market for functional foods – foods that offer benefits beyond basic nutrition – is one of the fastest growing segments of the global food industry. Foods and beverages that offer validated health claims account for around US$25 billion of global sales, he wider functional food market, including rehydration and sports drinks and foods with softer health claims, is estimated to be worth around US$200 billion.
Research Institutions in Europe:
National Institute for Food and Nutrition Science- Hungary; The Directorate of Health- Iceland; Department of Health- Ireland; Ministry of Health- Israel; Research Centre on Food and Nutrition- Italy; Ministry of Health- Latvia; The Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate, Parliamentary Secretariat for Health- Malta; Netherlands Nutrition Centre- Netherlands; Directorate of Health- Norway; National Food and Nutrition Institute Portugal-Faculty of Food Sciences and Nutrition, Porto University- Poland
Research Institutions in America:
Institute of Nutrition and Food Hygiene- Cuba; Health Promotion Department, Ministry of Health and Social Security- Dominica; Ministry of Public Health- Dominican Republic; Nutrition Department, Ministry of Health- El Salvador; Grenada Food and Nutrition Council- Grenada; National Institute of Public Health- Mexico; Ministry of Health- Saint Kitts and Nevis; Government of Saint Lucia- Saint Lucia; Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment-Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; United States Department of Agriculture- United States; Health Canada- Canada
Research Institutions in Asia:
National Institute of Nutrition- India; Japan Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Food Safety and Consumer Affairs Bureau- Japan; Ministry of Health- Malaysia; Nutrition Research Department, Ministry of Health- Mongolia; Ministry of Health and Population- Nepal; Ministry of Health- New Zealand; Food and Nutrition Research Institute- Department of Science and Technology; Health Industry Development Institute- Republic of Korea; Nutrition Division, Ministry of Health- Sri Lanka; Bureau of Nutrition, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health- Thailand; National Institute on Nutrition- Vietnam; Kyoto University- Japan
Universities in Europe
University of Navarra, Spain; University of Barcelona, Spain; The Open University, UK; Wageningen University, The Netherlands; Lund University, Sweden; University of Gothenburg, Sweden; University of Debrecen, Hungary; Tilburg University, The Netherlands; University of Bergen, Norway; York University, UK.
Universities in America
University of the Fraser Valley, Canada; University of British Columbia, Vancouver; Penn State University College of Agricultural Sciences, USA; University of Guelph, Canada; Lowa State University, USA; Michigan State University, USA; New Mexico State University, USA; Texas A&M University, USA; North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, USA; The Ohio State University, USA; University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Universities in Asia
China Agricultural University, China; Zhejiang University, China; Jiangnan University, China; Nanjing Agricultural University, China; South China University of Technology, China; Northwest A&F University, China; University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia; National Taiwan University, Taiwan; Eoul National University, South Korea; University of Tehran, Iran; National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan; Huazhong Agricultural University, China; University of Tokyo, Japan; China Medical University,Taiwan; Taiwan Taichung, Taiwan; Kyoto University, Japan
Universities in Middle East
American University in Cairo, Egypt ; Cairo University, Egypt; Ain Shams University, Egypt; Alexandria University, Egypt; Mansoura University, Egypt; Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel; Tel Aviv University; American University of Beirut (AUB) , Lebanon; King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Heineken N.V.; Lactalis; GroupeDanone; Associated British Food; Unilever Plc/Unilever NV; Vion; Carlsberg; Danish Crown; Südzucker; FrieslandCampina; Oetker Group; Nutreco; Anheuser-Busch InBev; Barilla; SABMiller Plc; Diageo Plc; Kerry Group; PernodRicard; Bongrain; Barry Callebaut; Parmalat; Ebro Foods; Tate & Lyle
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