Close co-operation with industry
The research and scientific work of Matís is usually done in close co-operation with Icelandic companies and also with companies in other countries. Sigurjón says that this aspect of Matís’ work, which has been the fundamental reason for the great progress made in handling and processing of sea products in Iceland, has been noticed abroad. Ms. Solveig Anspaker, Norwegian Minister of Fisheries, was impressed to learn about this close co-operation of the academia, institutions and companies in the seafood sector. The international corporation, Nestlé, had heard of Matís’ good results with handling and cooling of fish and approached Matís with a large research program concerning better process control for frozen fish. Sigurjón says the findings from such projects are partly in the public domain. This widens Matís’ knowledge-base and will eventually also be useful for Icelandic companies. The project resulted in key knowledge about different species outside of Icelandic areas and that the compositional differences can be highly variable in global waters.
This all affects the quality criterion and quality link of raw materials to products being retailed: handling on board, improved suppliers and quality of product.
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