What is it about?

Food-related innovations might contribute to a qualitative leap in the transition to sustainable food systems. In this article, the authors map the existing literature on food and innovation in order to identify and systematise major research streams and relate them to current discussions on sustainability. We analysed the relationship between innovation and food through bibliometric and content analysis, augmented with visualisation based on data (N = 7,987) extracted from the Web of Science. The published volume, research areas and influential journals were investigated using descriptive analyses.

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This bibliometric analysis is amongst the first to examine the holistic knowledge structure surrounding a triple concept of innovation, food and sustainability. In addition, the study identifies research gaps and indicates new research directions, which add further value.


This article presents new perspectives for our academic work, where my co-author and I will focus on exploring sustainability issues since even innovations must adhere to sustainability pillars.

Gulnara Dzhunushalieva
University of Central Asia

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This page is a summary of: A bibliometric analysis of trends in the relationship between innovation and food, British Food Journal, January 2024, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/bfj-08-2022-0695.
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