Purpose: Following the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, the main challenge for the agrofood sector is to innovate food production, offering sustainable, smart and safe solutions. The future of food production will be oriented more and more towards sustainable industries with high technological content to guarantee food safety and food security. It implies that a change not only in the way food is conceived, but also in the way it is produced, processed and consumed is needed. The aim of the present study is to investigate the role of innovation, sustainability, smartness and health within the agrofood industry. Design/methodology/approach: A literature review was conducted using 596 academic documents written in English language and published in peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as in conference proceedings. The relevant articles were analyzed using both a bibliometric and a systematic approach. Findings: The results confirm the role of innovation and sustainability as key drivers in the food industry. The main findings concern the benefits deriving from the adoption of digital technologies, the ever-increasing involvement of consumers in health and environmental issues and the introduction of the open innovation concept in the agrofood industry. Originality/value: This study jointly considers the dimensions of innovation, sustainability, smartness and health in the agrofood sector, demonstrating how they are strongly interdependent.

A review of the literature on innovation in the agrofood industry: sustainability, smartness and health / Bigliardi, B.; Filippelli, S.. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INNOVATION MANAGEMENT. - ISSN 1460-1060. - 25:6(2022), pp. 589-611. [10.1108/EJIM-05-2021-0258]

A review of the literature on innovation in the agrofood industry: sustainability, smartness and health

Bigliardi B.;Filippelli S.
2022

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Purpose: Following the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, the main challenge for the agrofood sector is to innovate food production, offering sustainable, smart and safe solutions. The future of food production will be oriented more and more towards sustainable industries with high technological content to guarantee food safety and food security. It implies that a change not only in the way food is conceived, but also in the way it is produced, processed and consumed is needed. The aim of the present study is to investigate the role of innovation, sustainability, smartness and health within the agrofood industry. Design/methodology/approach: A literature review was conducted using 596 academic documents written in English language and published in peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as in conference proceedings. The relevant articles were analyzed using both a bibliometric and a systematic approach. Findings: The results confirm the role of innovation and sustainability as key drivers in the food industry. The main findings concern the benefits deriving from the adoption of digital technologies, the ever-increasing involvement of consumers in health and environmental issues and the introduction of the open innovation concept in the agrofood industry. Originality/value: This study jointly considers the dimensions of innovation, sustainability, smartness and health in the agrofood sector, demonstrating how they are strongly interdependent.
A review of the literature on innovation in the agrofood industry: sustainability, smartness and health / Bigliardi, B.; Filippelli, S.. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INNOVATION MANAGEMENT. - ISSN 1460-1060. - 25:6(2022), pp. 589-611. [10.1108/EJIM-05-2021-0258]
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