THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY AND ITS IMPACT ON ECONOMIC GROWTH AND PUBLIC HEALTH

The food processing industry has undergone major transformations over the past few decades, bringing numerous advances in food production and consumption. Progress in this sector is very important for several reasons as follows.
Technology has played a major role in the advancement of the food processing industry. The development of advanced technologies for the production, packaging, storage and transportation of food has helped to increase the efficiency and quality of food products. More automation on production lines has reduced human error and increased production volume. Technology has also enabled the use of sophisticated cleaning and quality control methods, ensuring cleaner and safer food for consumers.
Also, progress in the food processing industry has a direct impact on public health. The development of technologies for thermal treatment of foods has facilitated the fight against harmful microbes and the prevention of diseases caused by food toxins. This has increased food safety and reduced the risk of spreading food-borne diseases. Advances in processing processes have also facilitated access to food in deep rural areas and helped fight hunger on a global scale.
Another important aspect of progress in the food processing industry is the preservation and maintenance of nutritional values. The development of advanced preservation technologies, such as refrigeration, bubble-wrapping, and keeping in controlled atmospheres, has helped extend the expiration date of food products and preserve nutritional values such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This helps meet food requirements even over longer periods of time and in areas where food production is limited.
The food processing industry is also progressing through innovation and adaptation to market demands. Consumer demands for healthier products, with new tastes, and with low environmental impact are being addressed through the development of new products, innovative production methods and packaging. This brings new business opportunities and helps increase competition in the market.
In continuation, IADK (Initiative for the Development of Agriculture in Kosovo) together with partners such as USAID Kosovo Compete Activity and others, supports businesses that deal with food processing to ensure the continuity of progress and advancement of their professional skills, engaging international experts to hold trainings in this field.
In this case, we thank USAID Kosovo Compete Activity for the support provided throughout this project. Without their constant support and trust, we would not have been able to achieve the success we have achieved today, neither we as an organization nor the food processors who participated in theoretical and practical training.

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