A group of strategic partner companies has come together to support research activities at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo. Nineteen organizations met at the Piedmont campus on June 9, 2010, along with regional authorities (the Province of Cuneo, the City of Alba, and the City of Bra) and representatives of Slow Food Italy. The meeting with university administrators was to outline the intent and contents of this important agreement.
The eventual agreement includes such major Italian food producers as: Barilla, Coop Italia, Eataly, Eurostampa, Ferrero, Finiper, Fontanafredda, Fratelli Carli, Gaja, Gruppo Tuo, Lavazza, Le Vigne di Zamò, Marcopolo Engineering, Maina, Miroglio, Molino Casillo, Parmacotto, Pastificio Garofalo, and Pontevecchio.
UNISG’s Club dei Partner Strategici (Strategic Partners Club) will actively participate in university life, backing research initiatives and sharing the responsibility and strategic development of new scenarios for sustainable food production and consumption. Over the course of 2010, various opportunities will be taken to meet with the Pollenzo faculty of the university and representatives from Slow Food International. These include round table discussions, taste workshop projects, and initiatives to safeguard biodiversity.
Co-founded in 2004 by the international non-profit Slow Food and the Italian regions of Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna, the school is a private, non-profit institution, with approximately 600 students from over 40 countries attending to date. The first university of its kind, UNISG’s goal is to bring new academic credibility to food studies and propose a new understanding of gastronomy and food culture.