EIT Food NPD Skills

Skills for new product development in the food industry

13-17 September 2021


About the project

Are you a food sector professional from a RIS country?

Do you want to improve your skills in New Product Development?

We invite you to be one of 50 selected participants in the EIT Food NPD Skills!

In today’s food markets, New Product Development (NPD) projects are critical to the success and development of organizations. Therefore, the Skills for new product development in the food industry workshop is an unique opportunity to get up-to-date knowledge on trends in the food sector, meet professionals, get to know real case studies from industry companies and become an expert in the development of new products in the food market!

Skills for new product development in the food industry workshop brings together 50 participants from different backgrounds and countries, who will come to the virtual training to gain knowledge of the tools, techniques, and methodologies used in the process of new product development in the food industry. After five days of not only listening, but also experiencing the practical application of these tools and techniques in a simulated environment, the participants will be ready to initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control the projects aimed at the development and marketing of new products and services, as well as to introduce innovations to the market in the food industry.
The aim of our workshops is to turn your ideas into action!

The NPD Skills is an international event. All communication will be in English.




The workshop is based on an innovative approach to teaching and learning and will be delivered jointly by experts from academia and industry.

You can expect:

  • Interactive trainings
  • Virtual tours
  • Video case studies
  • Involving project tasks
    • Live food processing sessions

      • Computer simulations

    • Interactive teaching materials and case study analysis

      • Sensory evaluations

Workshop program:

The workshop program will include, among others, the following topics and sessions:

  • the challenges of NPD in the food industry after COVID-19
  • consumers’ creativity in NPD processes, especially in idea creation and concept building
  • innovation through Design Thinking in NPD process
  • research-industry cooperation in NPD
  • functional food and food design
  • sensory analysis for NPD
  • processing of food products using innovative methods
  • simulation-based training on Project Management
  • case-studies presented by industrial partners (e.g. PepsiCo, Elea)

Reasons to join

  • Become an expert on New Product Development!
  • Find out how COVID-19 has impacted new product development in the food industry!
  • Learn how to create and execute NPD projects by understanding the market and consumer needs!
  • Apply sensory analysis in the process of food design!
  • Experience in real time the processing of food products using innovative methods!
  • Discover how to handle competing project requirements and constraints!
  • Learn from successful and unsuccessful product development case studies!
  • Team up with 50 professionals from RIS countries diverse backgrounds and identify how to meet the needs of food sector customers!
  • Network and share your experiences with directors, managers, scientists and other experts working in the agri-food industry!
  • Apply your new knowledge to contemporary issues during a real NPD process and make the difference!
  • Get a professional training certificate!

Still not convinced enough to participate?

See past editions and convince yourself that you should join the NPD Skills training!

Project Partners

Are you ready to take your NPD skills to the new level? Don’t wait!

Apply now – become an expert in new product development in the food market and turn your ideas into action!


The ideal applicant should:

  • Have an entrepreneurial approach to problem solving and willingness to share their knowledge with other participants of the EIT Food NPD Skills workshops;
  • Have relevant knowledge and experience in the food sector (preferably connected to new product development);
  • Have working knowledge of English language (the course will be held in English);
  • Be highly motivated to participate in the EIT Food NPD Skills;
  • Be a citizen of one of the 28 RIS countries, including:



Bosnia and Herzegovina




Czech Republic


Faroe Islands




















*Italy (only the following regions: Molise, Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria, Sicilia, Sardegna, Umbria, Marche, Abruzzo, Campania and Valle d’Aosta)

*Poland (only the following regions: Łódzkie, Lubelskie, Małopolskie, Podkarpackie, Świętokrzyskie, Podlaskie, Wielkopolskie, Lubuskie, Dolnośląskie, Opolskie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Zachodniopomorskie, Region Mazowiecki excluding Warsaw)

*Spain (only the following regions: Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, La Rioja, Castilla-la Mancha, Extremadura, Illes Balears, Andalucía, Murcia, Canarias, Castilla y León, Aragón, Valencia)

To apply to the NPD Skills workshop, please visit the EIT Food Application Portal

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You can interrupt the registration process make breaks and come back to your application later to make your final submission.


Please remember to read the TERMS & CONDITIONS  before applying to the NPD Skills workshop

Workshop summary

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