Even though food is produced in various places and environments, the general standards regarding quality control in food are usually very similar. The standards in the food industry have tightened in the last decades, meaning that now food producers have more pressure to improve their safety and quality processes. To meet and even exceed the requirements that large global and local retail chains are demanding, a holistic approach has to be considered. The following topics will be covered in this session : Collaboration and exponential technologies; Digitalization, traceability and food safety; Alternative foods, alternative cereals; Local development; Food waste reduction; Circular economy.