Centro de Innovación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria (CITAGRO)
 
Company
Centro de Innovación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria (CITAGRO)
Sector
Agrifood
Contact
Address: Parque Tecnológico de Andalucía, Marie Curie 4, local D1
City: Campanillas
Province: Málaga
Phone: 34 952028720
buzon@citagro.es
http://www.citagro.es
Short description
The Agrifood Innovation and Technology Centre (CITAGRO) is a private company that provides services, advice and technical assessment for the food industry, especially in activities related to research, development and innovation (R&D).
Long description
The Agrifood Innovation and Technology Centre (CITAGRO) is a private company that provides services, advice and technical assessment for the food industry, especially in activities related to research, development and innovation (R&D).
CITAGRO currently participate in different projects in the areas of research, development and innovation management, studies related to sectorial planning, improvement of the business competitiveness through innovation processes, redesign of new products and services, certification, audit and inspection of agrifood products and systems, technological studies and, strategic and technical assistance planning.
Since 2000, when it became the first agricultural technological centre in Andalusia, CITAGRO has been involved in several projects associated to the area of innovation, not only in Andalusia and Spain but also in international environments. And always with the intention of improving the competitive position of agroindustrial companies increasing their productivity, their research and development capacity, as well as, promoting the creation of new technology-based companies (spin-off).
The most important role CITAGRO plays in the Andalusia agrifood sector is the ability to promote, elaborate, coordinate and participate in different proposals of projects and activities of general interest to the food industry finding partners and managing the consortium to negotiate research contracts and processing of grants and proposals for R&D.
In the field of R&D, CITAGRO works developing research projects of applied nature that can be developed as activities of general interest to the agriculture sector and the food industry. These research projects are funded from public programs (through their own initiatives and/or in collaboration with universities, public research institutions and/or companies) or through cooperation agreements concluded with the companies directly.
On the other hand, CITAGRO promotes and develops technological management innovation in companies through the incorporation of existing core technologies available in the market, developing new products and processes, and a selective and permanent technological surveillance.
Additionally, CITAGRO acts as a certification body of agricultural production systems environmentally friendly (Integrated Production). Furthermore, CITAGRO represents an interface technological agent within the primary productive agriculture sector, being a partner in innovation for organizations and agricultural associations, due to its research experience and field trials.
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