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DIL- Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik

The German Institute of Food Technologies (DIL) is a multi-disciplinary, non-for profit membership based research institution fully integrated in the national and international scientific community. With its strong links to industry and more than 175 company members, DIL helps to increase the prominence and implementation value of food and feed products and ingredients at regional and transnational levels. The principal aim is the development of innovative solutions for products and processing technologies (for more functional and nutritionally superior products) based on a sound knowledge of the inherent molecular structure, chemical properties and interactions of raw materials. The institute’s competences and technical capabilities span the full range of food and feed technologies. This expertise is put into practice via the institute’s organizational structure, which is divided into interconnected research platforms and business divisions.  Through networking and training, these results are transferred to industry, hence bridging the gap between academia and practice thus making DIL a driving force for food processing innovations. Member companies of DIL are form the food, feed and ingredient processing sector and from the machine manufacture.

Facts at a glance

  • - Founded: 1983
  • - Locations: Quakenbrück (headquarter), offices in Brussels and Berlin
  • - Chairman of the Board & Director: Dr.-Ing. Volker Heinz
  • - Employees: 140
  • - Member organisations: 180
  • - DIL Institute site – 9.000 square metres working space

Our strengths

  • - Research and development expertise from product and process development till market introduction;
  • - Eminently well-equipped technical schools and laboratories with cutting-edge equipment;
  • - Test production, manufacturing and sales of selected products keep us close to the market;
  • - Multidisciplinary know-how;
  • - International cooperation with partners from industry and academia;
  • - Fostering entrepreneurship and start-ups (DIL Innovation Hub);
  • - Decades of experience in recipe and process optimisation focusing on: processing technologies, food&feed technology and laboratory analytics.

The institute has a good track record of multidisciplinary projects and is involved in several Horizon 2020, PRIMA, FP7, ERA-Net, Interreg, Horizon Europe and national projects. DIL is also a member of EIT Food.

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