Food Institute is one of the long-established institutions of TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center (MAM). Firstly it was established with the name of “Nutrition and Food Technologies Unit” in 1971; and after TÜBİTAK MAM was formed in Gebze in 1972, the unit moved to Gebze in 1973. In 1985, the unit was divided into two sections with the names of “Nutrition and Food Technologies” and “Cooling Technologies”. Then in 1991, it was reformed with the name of “Food and Cooling Technologies”. As a result of the reorganization of TÜBİTAK MAM, the unit was named “Food Sciences and Technologies Research Institute” in 1997 and “Food Institute” in 2004.
The vision of the Food Institute is to become one of the leading science and technology centers of the world in the field of applied researches. In line with national development goals, the institute has adopted the mission of developing knowledge, technology and products that help improve the food industry technologically, boost the competitive power, reduce foreign-source dependency, ensure food safety and eliminate nutrition problems.
The machinery and equipment inventory of the institute is quite extensive to allow a wide range of research activities in the field of food. The institute’s projects focus on the themes of ‘food processing technologies’, ‘food packaging and preservation’, nutrition and functional foods’ and ‘food safety and quality’. In parallel with its mission, the institute attributes priority to the projects whose outputs can be quickly applied in the industry, which have strategic importance and which help meet the needs of Turkey and the relevant sector. Therefore, in projects, it is important to have stakeholders from the industry. The projects are funded by EU, TÜBİTAK, Ministry of Development, other public institutions and private sector. Although most of the researchers’ area of specialization is food engineering; the institute also has researchers in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, biology, veterinary medicine, agriculture engineering, mechanical engineering and physics.