Food Innovation Management

Learning by doing: Food through the lens of innovation

The specialisation in Food Innovation Management looks at food products from the angle of innovation. Our world is full of innovative food products, wrapped in clever packaging and combining unusual ingredients that taste great together. Have you ever wondered who thinks of these products and how they are made? If you are boiling over with ideas for developing better, tastier and healthier products, then it is high time to convert them into reality and specialise in Food Innovation Management.

This English-taught specialisation will teach you how to make the most successful food products of the future. Ideas such as edible exams or beer-flavoured chewing gum sound great, but before you can put your ideas into practice, you will need a solid theoretical basis in in technology, management and food marketing.

Students start out by studying the chemistry and technological processes behind a product and the entrepreneurial aspects of marketing and sales. Food Innovation Management will train you to work as product developer, quality manager or commercial technologist in international food companies. These are only a few of the career possibilities available to you.

Specialising in Food innovation management

The Food Technology programme starts out by looking at the consumer, and then goes on to look at everything else: not just the market trends and the product, but quality management and operational issues as well. In the first and second years, you will acquire a solid theoretical background in Food Technology and complete your first internship.

In the third year of the Bachelor programme, you will be ready to specialise in Food Innovation Management, with a focus on product development and innovation. The first six months consist of theoretical and practical courses and the development of your own product in the lab. In the second half you do an external work placement in a food company in The Netherlands or abroad.

The first half of your fourth year is dedicated to a minor, which is an elective study programme. It consists of advanced subjects related to a central theme: nutrition and health, for example, or food safety, quality and the consumer. The final step will be your graduation assignment, a project in which you apply your knowledge in a company that fits your major study profile. Once you have successfully defended it, you will be ready to become a developer and innovator in the food technology sector.