The area, through applied research activities and service to companies, addresses operators from the entire fish and aquaculture products supply chain, ranging from companies handling raw materials and their initial storage to producers of preserved and semi-preserved fish products, as well as representatives of the sales chain (importers, distributors, etc.), institutional customers and related industries (materials and ingredients, packaging, equipment, etc.).
The applied research activity relates to basic research on traditional products and technologies (canned fish and shellfish, salted and marinated semi-preserved products, deep-frozen and dried products, etc.) in terms of safety and quality, as well as research aimed at product innovation (ready-to-eat refrigerated products, spreadable creams in innovative packaging, etc.) and process innovation (high pressure, electromagnetic technologies, etc.)
The services offered to companies are primarily analysis on composition and nutrients, quality indexes, presence of chemical contaminants, hygienic and sanitary raw materials and the most widely marketed finished products control.
The area also provides regular assistance to companies in solving analytical and technological problems and environmental issues in defining HACCP systems, quality management (ISO certification) and supply chain traceability, and in interpreting national provisions and community law.