Prevent and Detect Food and Beverage Fraud

The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking for solutions based on space technologies or space data to prevent and detect food and drink fraud.

What's the open innovation challenge?

There are different ways that food and beverage fraud can be committed. The ingredients can be substituted with one of a lower quality, the food label can be distorted to provide false information or the food can be counterfeited. What each have in common is that these malicious acts do not happen by chance as they bring an economic advantage to the perpetuator and cause deception to the consumer.

The prevention and detection of food fraud is not only an important ethical matter, it is an issue which impacts the global economy as well as the health of citizens.

The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking for solutions based on space technologies or space data to prevent and detect food and drink fraud.

Key focus areas include:

  • Increase supply chain transparency
  • Monitor and improve food logistics
  • Improve certification process
  • Detection of counterfeit food products and beverages
  • Improve consumer confidence and experience
  • Support food safety

The activities will be 100% funded up to €200,000 each.

ESA is looking for teams that have identified an attractive market opportunity with real motivation for engaging customers.

Project date milestones

You can join a webinar to find out more about this challenge. It starts at 11am (CET), 03 November 2020

Opening date: 03 November 2020

Closing date: 19 January 2021

Next steps

Submit your application through the ESA Space Solutions website.