PhD student profile, Federica De Agostini

PhD Student: Federica De Agostini (ORCID n. 0000-0002-9648-7532)

Supervisor: Prof. Sara Limbo, Dipartimento di Scienze per gli Alimenti, la Nutrizione e l’Ambiente

Dean: Prof. Diego Mora

Research area: Food Science and Nutrition


Research topic

Sustainability in food chain: integrated approaches to reduce food loss and food waste


Project Synopsis

Due to the increasing attention given by the international community to sustainability and circular economy, food chain is continuously in the spotlights.

In fact, the food industry has long been charged with excessive use of packaging; however, among its many functions, the purpose of packaging is to protect foodstuffs, prolong shelf life and reduce the impact on the environment in the event of premature waste. From the perspective of developing new materials, it is therefore important to understand their effect on the shelf life of the product and, more generally, on the environment.

The specific objectives of this project are: a) develop and validate a complete shelf-life evaluation model for packed roasted coffee that integrates the new materials performances, the quality evolution and the consumer acceptability; b) use quantitative environmental impact models to demonstrate the cost/benefit balance of a food packaging solution for the coffee industry.


Project keywords

Food packaging, sustainability, coffee shelf-life, environmental impacts



Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences, DeFENS

Università degli Studi di Milano

Via Celoria 2, 20133, Milan/ Italy



Luigi Lavazza S.p.A.



Fellowship sponsor: PON “Ricerca e Innovazione” 2014-2020, Asse IV “Istruzione e ricerca per il recupero” Azione IV.5 “Dottorati su tematiche green”; Luigi Lavazza S.p.A.


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