INNOCAT aims to bring together a group of public and private buyers to publish a series of tenders for eco-innovative catering products, services and solutions. The aim is to help encourage eco-innovation in the catering sector by providing a sizeable launch market for new solutions.

INNOCAT will address environmental and social improvements in a range of fields, including:

  • Transport
  • Waste re-use and recycling
  • Bio-based products
  • Energy-efficient equipment

The existing buyers group includes a local authority, a central purchasing organisation in the healthcare sector, a major international company, and an environmental business park. Purchasing sectors are likely to include:

  • School catering services
  • Vending machines
  • Bio-waste disposal systems
  • Health and welfare catering services

INNOCAT aims to recruit a wider group of public and private buyers to co-operate, and ideally participate in the development of tenders for these products and services. Find out more about the Buyers Groups.

The project also aims to disseminate project results as broadly as possible and to promote an active experience exchange between buyers interested in eco-innovative catering. An online discussion forum will be established to facilitate this exchange.

INNOCAT began in March 2013 and will run for three years. It is supported by the European Commission’s Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).

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