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FINEST - Center management & organisation

FINEST is a center consisting of researchers from RISE, Chalmers University and Technology and Uppsala University as well as 15 industry representatives from the Swedish food chain. Together, we are accelerating the necessary transformation of the food system.

FINEST Partners


  • RISE: Host organization and assistant supervisor for the two doctoral students and supervises two postdocs within WP3: Sustainable nutrition and Multi Criteria Assessment respectively.
  • Chalmers University of Technology: Leads WP2: Innovation Management and supervises a doctoral student in innovation management
  • Uppsala University: Leads WP1: Systems Innovation and supervises a doctoral student and a postdoctoral fellow.

Icke Akademiska partners

  • Axfoundation: An independent and non-profit organization that actively works for a sustainable society that, among other things, runs the Future Food program. Participates in the Food Transition Lab and in the collaboration platform.
  • BoFood: Develops, produces and distributes milk-free, plant-based products such as ice cream, soft ice cream, cooking cream and rapeseed oil. Participates in the Food Transition Lab and in the collaboration platform.
  • Foodhills. Newly established player whose focus is to be an enabler in circular food production and they involve several players in the food chain. Participates in the Food Transition Lab and in the collaboration platform and hosts a doctoral student in WP3: Sustainability (Environment, Social, Economic), sustainable nutrition.
  • Hushållningssällskapet (central organization and Halland): Works with development, expertise and advice for the Swedish food industry. Host and co-supervisor for a doctoral student in WP2.
  • ICA: A large food company in the retail trade. Participates in the Food Transition Lab and in the collaboration platform and is the host and co-supervisor for a doctoral student in WP2: Innovation Management.
  • IKEA Food Service: The IKEA restaurants and the Swedish food market are the two elements that together make up IKEA's food service (abbreviated IFS). Participates in the Food Transition Lab and in the collaboration platform.
  • The Swedish Farmers' Association: Interest and business organization with 70,000 agricultural companies as members. Participates in the Food Transition Lab and in the collaboration platform. Host and co-supervisor for doctoral student in WP1: System innovation.
  • Lantmännen: A farmers' cooperative owned and operated by 25,000 farmers. Lantmännen is a leading player in Scandinavia in agriculture, machinery, bioenergy and food. Participates in the Food Transition Lab.
  • Livsmedelsföretagen: Employers' organization for 800 Swedish food companies. Host and co-supervisor for a doctoral student in WP1: System innovation.
  • Lyckeby Culinar: Together with its customers, Lyckeby Culinar develops food products. They work in several areas but one of them is plant-based food products. Participates in the Food Transition Lab and in the collaboration platform.
  • Mycorena: Start-up that uses a fermentation process for protein preparation. The basis for fermentation is often tuberous crops, but sidestreams from the food industry can also be used through adapted solutions. The company recently launched its first food product "Very Swedish Vego Balls" with its protein product.
  • Skira: An innovative marketplace for Swedish barley that combines innovations, tomorrow's technology and agricultural expertise to drive agriculture forward. Participates in the Food Transition Lab and in the collaboration platform.
  • Solina-Sweden: International company that, among other things, works with alternatives to meat. Has a role in food company product design and development. Participates in the Food Transition Lab and in the collaboration platform.
  • Umeå Municipality: Provides the value chain "Swedish forest berries" with regional knowledge. Co-finances and participates in the Food Transition Lab.
  • Västerbotten region: Provides the value chain “Swedish berries” with regional knowledge.

FINEST platform

The FINEST platform is an open platform whose purpose is to function as a forum for the exchange of knowledge and an engine for generating new projects. Within the FINEST platform, participants receive:

  • First-hand information on open results from FINEST's work
  • Opportunity to influence selected parts of the project
  • Opportunity to contribute to parts of the research project
  • Access to infrastructures to find the right partners

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Center Management, RISE

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Fredrik Holmgren Holm

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Petra Agnroth


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