The Department of Food and Nutrition, University of Helsinki carries out research that is of high quality and internationally acknowledged within its field.

One of the key area in research is food production chains, where the focus is in food processing, especially in the management of the processing chain of domestic food raw materials including packaging technology. By-products (circular economy) and microbial resources are widely utilised in the research.

Another key area is food quality and healthy nutrition focusing on the impact of food constituents and their properties on healthiness and sensory quality of food. The aim is to enhance chemical and microbial safety of food and to take part in risk assessment and management. Also factors associated with the choice of food and the impact of diet in sustaining health are important.