Israel to create innovative national food institute

People line up to enter a reopened street shop in Jerusalem, November 10, 2020. Street shops in Jerusalem were allowed to reopen from November 8 as part of measures to ease the ongoing full lockdown . Photo: Xinhua

Israel will establish a national food institute to promote innovation in the food and food technology industries, Israel’s Ministry of Economy and Industry announced on Tuesday.

The institute will be established at Tel-Hai College, located about 4 kilometers north of Israel’s northernmost city, Kiryat Shmona, in the Galilee Panhandle region, the ministry said in a statement.

The Israeli government will invest 21.2 million shekels ($6.17 million) in setting up and running the institute, the ministry said.

The institute will be established and operated by Tel-Hai College, MIGAL Galilee Research Institute in Kiryat Shmona and private companies selected by the ministry.

The institute’s goals are to support Israel’s food and food technology industries, increase productivity, promote innovation, improve the flow of knowledge between academia and industry, and strengthen the region by as the country’s food technology valley, the ministry said.

It will serve as a home for food companies and startups, where they can develop their products and manufacturing processes and promote the uptake of food innovation, he added.


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