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esterniSince 1922, The Experimental Station for the Food Preserving Industry (SSICA), operating through its headquarters in Parma and the section of Angri (Salerno), has been promoting the scientific and technical progress of the Italian food-preserving industry for the sectors of fruits, vegetables, meat and fish products through activities of research, consultancy, training and dissemination of information.

Thanks to its specialized staff and cutting-edge laboratories, SSICA is one of the most important applied research bodies in the preserved food sector in Europe and in the world and takes part in national and international research projects. The Institute includes departments specific to different product sectors, as well as departments and laboratories in charge of more general activities.  


With its skilled staff and updated equipment it is able to experiment with new products, new processing and preservation procedures, also analyzing their economic and social impact.
In 2016 SSICA has become a national foundation for international research.
Currently, about 3,000 Italian companies operating in the field of preserved meat, fruit and vegetables, frozen food and other specialties, canned fish, stocks and other extracts, distributed throughout the country, are SSICA contributors.

Among the main activities available to companies:

  • pre-competitive research destined to the entire processing industry
  • research on commission
  • advice, analysis, testing, shelf-life trials, challenge tests, also with confidential bonds
  • assistance to groups of companies, trade associations and producer groups, on issues concerning the drafting of production regulations and the technical interpretation of standards and regulations
  • education and training of industry staff
  • communication and dissemination of results to the community of scientific research, companies and institutions through the website, scientific publications, the journal ”Industria Conserve”, conferences and trade fairs.