The future of food
to meet the Grand
Challenges of humanity

DFE transforms the ecosystem approach into industrial practice based on applied research projects.  

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The initiative of Digital Food Conferences is a process developed for different scopes. At the same time, it is an action of spreading knowledge, an experience, and a mouthpiece to promote new networks and new projects.

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Different challenges have been selected by our method to individualize the major and broader problematics in the agriculture field. Indeed, for DFE the challenges are specific elements of strategic and prospective type. In the Digital Food Ecosystem view, those have to become an essential and systematic guide element in the operative choices of our Clients. This latter concept is considered as a fundamental change, accelerated and enabled by the digital revolution, and the competition into its process. This fundamental DFE’s vision can be considered as the distinctive element of our offer towards the Client. De facto, our conformation as an ecosystem, unified to a specific sector’s competence, makes us a unique service, capable to assist companies in a bidirectional transformation.

Transform the ecosystem approach into industrial practice

Digital Food Ecosystem is capable to dispose a specific and distinctive capacity of digital innovation into the field of agriculture, by completing the approach, methods, instruments, and technologies.  

The DFE catalogue, which reports the different offers of the project, is composed by several solutions that respond to the challenging and precise needs of the organizations. Each solution can enable one, or more, benefits in order to develop a successful business case with the engaged company.

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Challenging and precise needs of the enterprises.


The digitalization of process for the benefit of the enterprises.


They respond to the challenging and precise needs reported by the organizations. Technological solutions, methodological approaches, and evolution of the business.


Significant benefits are given to the enterprises through quality solutions, security, traceability, and competitiveness.

From the field to the table

DFE conceptualizes the agricultural chain production as one of the most valuable spheres of action, as it is powerful to develop and embrace the several technological solutions and competencies usually characteristic of Industry 4.0 Together with the digital paradigm, the new unifying backbone of the industrial chain production, which enables a circular flow constituted by data and retroaction on the underlying components, the purpose is the one of improving each productive processes phase which becomes the final product for the consumer.

  • Beer
  • Cereals
  • Cold Cuts and Cured Meats
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Sweet products
  • Dairy Products
  • Nuts
  • Food Supplements and Nutraceuticals
  • Fruit and Vegetables
  • Meat
  • Milk
  • Plant oils
  • Pasta
  • Baking products
  • Rice
  • Plant-based Beverages
  • Canned Foods
  • Water
  • Winery

Beer’s principal ingredients are cereals, water, yeast, and hop (by which feminine flowers donate to beer its topical bitter flavour.

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Cereals represent the kind of vegetable most cultivated in the entire world thanks to their adaptability to environmental conditions.

The products resulting from their processing have always been the staple food for the human organism and are particularly present in the Mediterranean di...

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Cold Cuts and Cured Meats

Cured Meats and Cold Cuts are raw or cooked meat foods, processed with the addition of salt, animal fat, herbs and spices. They can come from the meat of farm animals or they can be of game (wild boar, deer, roe deer), the most common type are the cured meats based on pigs.

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The cultivation of cocoa goes back to about 3000 BC. The Mayan and Aztec peoples were the first civilizations to use cocoas beans to prepare a flavoured energy drink produced from cocoa beans. In the past, chocolate was destinated to rich social classes, and indeed it was called “Food of the G...

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Coffee’s origins are attributed to Ethiopia, where initially it was called ‘Arabia’s wine’. It came in Europe around ‘600, but Arabs used to use it very often already many centuries earlier.

Venice was the first city that began to trade this new beverage, and with it were born the first...

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Sweet products

The consume of this kind of products goes back to the era of ancient Romans and Greeks, which were used to consume them during banquets or special occasions. These products had a major spread in the last four centuries when it became always easier to get the necessary ingredients to produce th...

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Dairy Products

Dairy products are the kind of food that is at the base of the human consumption as they constitute an important source of essential nutrients. Cow’s milk is the most widely used, but it is common practice to derive from other types of milk, such as buffalo, sheep, goat, donkey, and horse.

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With nuts, also called shell fruit, it is intended the kind of fruits composed by an hard and resistant shell that protects the seed, in general the edible part.

The most common types of shell fruit are represented by walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, and pine nuts, cultivated an...

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Food Supplements and Nutraceuticals

The market of food supplements and nutraceuticals is in continuous expansion and the principal trade channels are pharmacies. In the case of food supplements, the Italian market is first in Europe, with a quote of 27%. The national production satisfies the entire demand of this products, and t...

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Fruit and Vegetables

This supply chain contains different processes, such as, cultivation, treatment and transport of fruits and vegetables, which are foods that should be in any kind of diet.

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In Italy the sector of meat invoices circa 30 billion of euros per year: the entire chain values circa 15% of the entire Italian food sector.

During the last years, Italy has reduced almost a third of its production and the import is increased, due to more competitive foreign prices.

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Milk is an essential food for the human, both for its nutritional capacities and for its beneficial effects. A litre of raw full-cream milk contains about 35 gr. of proteins, 37 gr. of fats, 45 gr. of sugars, and 10 gr. of mineral salts. It helps to regulate healthy muscle development, promote...

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Plant oils

Vegetable-derived oils are extracted from vegetable organisms and they are composed almost by a total of lipids, such as fats.

The typologies or vegetable oils are several:

  • Fruit oils: like olive oil, palm oil, coconut oil, avocado oil;
  • Seeds oils: peanut, rape, su...
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Pasta is the Italian food per excellence, it is at the basis of the Mediterranean Diet. Its production, in Italy, is regulated by the Legge sulla Purezza (Law on Purity), and two different types of it exist:

Dry pasta: produced with water and semolina, and it must respond to the charact...

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Baking products

Baking products are the ones that require the use of the oven and their primary ingredients are: flour, water, and sometimes yeast. They are identifiable in cookies, crackers, leavened, etc.

The single phases variate according to the desired final product ì, but they are common for a un...

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The rice is the most consumed cereal of the global population, it has been cultivated in East China and North-East India for the first time about 7.000 years ago.

The major producer is China with more than 212 million of tonnes per year, followed by India and Indonesia. The variety of r...

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Plant-based Beverages

Plant-based drinks are increasingly popular and appreciated products, because they not only represent an alternative way to cow’s milk for those who are intolerant, but also because they are compatible with the choices of those citizens-consumers that do not consume dairy product for ethical a...

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Canned Foods

Canned foods are all those packaged preparations that undergo thermal treatments that destroy any micro-organism, deactivating enzymes.

The advantage of this kind of production is that the final product is perfect for the stockage in the shelf, where it can be placed there for long peri...

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According to different norms, mineral water can be defined as such if it reports these characteristics:

  • Of protected and underground origin;
  • Bacteriologically pure at its origin;
  • It presents a composition and constant characteristics;
  • It presents possibl...
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In Italy the wine production is of interest for all its regions, and it finds its base in vineyards that are in extremely different environments, from lowlands to high altitudes and slopes. The Italian winery offer is extremely diversified, both in terms of typologies, that in unitary product ...

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Digital Food Conferences

Digital Food Conferences (DFC) is DFE’s cycle of webinars created in collaboration with companies, universities and research centers leaders in scientific, technological and digital innovation for the agrifood production chain.

It is a place for sharing knowledge and experiences, designed to activate new networks and new projects in the supply chain.

Informative, Practical and Technical-Scientific: the DFC | Digital Food Conferences cover a wide range of topics of interest for agribusiness.

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jun 01

8:45 am - 9:45 am

Italiano, sub eng

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Food and environmental labeling for health and sustainability

S. D'Alesio / Naba Milano - L. Di Fazio / Commer Carta Srl

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jun 16

Robotics for Agriculture 4.0: new technologies and opportunities

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Strategies and
Policies for Action

The DFE method is inspired by numerous normative and institutional frameworks. By naming some of them we have Agenda 2030, released by the European Union and the Green Deal, which helps in establishing some common and strategic guidelines and goals, in terms of sustainability, development, and battle against climate change. Discover Policies and Action Strategies

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