The LIFE TTGG project “The tough get going” was co-funded by the European Environment and Climate Action Programme (Life 2014-2020). The objective of the project is to orient the development of the dairy sector towards an improvement in the production process efficiency, in order to guarantee its growth and preserve quality in the perspective of environmental sustainability.

In order to achieve the objective of improving the efficiency of the whole European PDO hard and semi-hard cheese production chain, the project involves 7 highly qualified partners: Consorzio tutela Grana Padano, Politecnico di Milano, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Piacenza, Fondazione Qualivita, oriGIn, Enersem and CNIEL.

Among these, Cniel, the French Dairy Interbranch Organization, was created in 1973 by milk producers and processors. Cniel meets two key objectives: to facilitate relations between dairy producers, processors and retailers and to promote a positive image of milk and dairy products.

The French Dairy sector, represented by Cniel is involved in the LIFE TTGG project to increase knowledge and to support the French PDO producers on their objective to reduce their environmental footprint, based on the example of the Comté DOP cheese represented by the CIGC, its interbranch association. For this task, we decided to work with ACTALIA.

ACTALIA is an Agri-Food Research and Technology Institute with 5 main fields of expertise: Sustainability, Dairy processing, Food safety, Chemical and microbiological analysis, Sensory analysis.

The multidisciplinary Actalia team (170 engineers and technicians) assists stakeholders in the food industry and provides them with scientific and technical expertise (Research, analyses, testing, consulting and training).

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