Silvano Ciani

Lead Corporate Research&Innovation – Basic Research
T +39 040 3755 580

Dr. Schär R&D Centre
c/o AREA Science Park · Edificio E3
Padriciano 99 · 34149 Trieste · IT

Dr.Schär AG

All over the world, individuals with special nutritional requirements trust Dr. Schär’s competence. Dr. Schär is a family-run company founded in 1981 focusing on gluten-free foods. As the market leader in this segment, we use our expertise to find additional solutions for special diets. To achieve this goal, the Medical Nutrition division was established as a dedicated business area in 2013 for developing innovative dietetic foods for special medical purposes. Innovation is at the focus of our product development with our core brands Schär and Mevalia.

As a pioneer in the field of gluten-free foods, Dr Schär has always placed great importance on research and development, which are at the heart of the whole company. The Dr Schär R & D Center has been located in the renowned Area Science Park in Trieste since 2003, where we develop innovative solutions for the celiac disease and other specific nutritional requirements by continually improving the product quality of gluten-free specialties and the development of new products.

In the 2016 business year, the company generated a turnover of €335 million (net-net turnover).

Dr. Schär’s headquarters are in Burgstall, Italy, and the company has 1,176 employees worldwide. Separate subsidiaries in nine countries support the company’s international orientation. The responsibility for our consumers and the safety of our products worldwide are integral components of our everyday work, our production processes and our company culture. We use a comprehensive range of services and information, along with a competent network, to support education and consultancy for improving quality of life for individuals with special nutritional requirements.

Gerald Seiler

Dr. Schär Austria GmbH
Phone +43 463 207001 300

Dr. Schär Austria GmbH

Dr. Schär is the market leader for gluten-free foods. In addition to its headquarters in Burgstall, Italy, Dr. Schär also includes the production site in Austria. The site’s location permits it to ideally leverage synergies, since the company is situated between the agricultural areas of Austria, northern Italy, and thus near the parent company Dr. Schär Group, and the agricultural regions of Poland and Hungary. This makes our Austrian site the ideal interface between production countries and countries where raw materials for gluten-free products are cultivated.

Dr. Schär Austria GmbH (DSA) is a Klagenfurt-based company with over 60 years of experience in developing and manufacturing baking mixes. DSA also has in-depth experience and know-how related to raw materials modification using extruder technology, as well as in thermal treatment and stabilisation of flours. At the site itself we operate a pilot centre used for development tasks, as well as a dedicated QA laboratory for performing diverse analyses of raw materials and mixtures. The current activities comprise the manufacturing of gluten-free baking mixes and semi-processed goods.

Dr. Manuel Pramsohler

Laimburg Research Centre
Group Leader Arable Crops and Aromatic Plants
Laimburg 6 - Pfatten, 39040 Auer
Phone +39 0471 969649


The Laimburg Research Centre is the leading research centre for South Tyrol’s agriculture and food production, where research yields innovations and solutions to agricultural problems, ultimately resulting in long-term strategies for the future. The Laimburg Research Centre is also charged with establishing and managing the South Tyrol Gene Bank (Mountain Agriculture research area).

Prof. Fabiano Miceli

Associate Professor DI4A Department of
Agricultural, Food and Animal
Sciences University of Udine
Via delle Scienze 206, 33100 Udine (IT)  
Phone: 0039 0432-558619

University of Udine

The University of Udine (UNIUD) is a public institution founded in 1978. UNIUD has 15,385 students, 652 instructors and researchers, 126 early career scientists, 8 research areas, 9 research centres and a central administrative office for research. The university offers 72 courses of study.

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Christian W. Huck

Professor for analytical chemistry
Innrain 80/82, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Phone: +43 512 507 57304

University of Innsbruck

The University of Innsbruck, founded in 1969, is western Austria’s largest and most important research and education institution. At present, it has an enrolment of 28,000, with 39% of the students coming from abroad, and a staff of 4,500, including instructors and other employees.

The university’s 16 faculties offer a wide range of study programmes, academic training, and research activities in the following areas: humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, economics, theology, law, architecture, engineering, and education. Some 3,540 publications have been authored by University of Innsbruck faculty members.

The Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Radiochemistry has outstanding experience in both Austria and abroad, especially with the methods of chromatography, enrichment concentration, and molecular spectroscopy.
The institute has been involved in numerous subsidised projects at both national and international level.

Ing. Franz JAHN

Project coordinator
Kraßniggstraße 45, 9020 Klagenfurt
Tel.: 0043 - 463 - 51 22 08

Kärntner Saatbau

The cooperative Kärtner Saatbau e.Gen. (KS) was founded in 1955. It operates in the areas of genetic improvement, cultivar selection, as well as agricultural cereal seed production and sales. Further activities include the production and sales of seed mixtures for greening purposes in high-alpine regions. The product range is rounded out by location-adapted mixtures for extensive grassland, special mixtures such as embankment mixtures, bee meadows and flower meadows, as well as trade with lawn seed for both leisure and professional purposes.

KS research specifically aims to improve the quantitative and qualitative aspects of cultivars of agricultural interest. The primary field of activity comprises the selection and production of seed for agricultural crops such as wheat, barley, rye, oats, buckwheat, soy, protein-rich peas, rapeseed, potatoes and maize. One part of the activities focuses on the development and production of seed for organic cultivation.

KS has extensive experience in producing special seed for alpine and high-alpine regions (meadows, extensive pastures, areas that need to be renaturated). A particular focus is placed on the reproduction and production of domestic alpine grasses, legumes, and herbs for site-specific mixtures. The company has two sites in Kärnten at which experimental cultivation trials are conducted and both traditional and new seed varieties are tested and presented.