Worlwide demand of animal products (meat, milk and eggs) is expected to double by 2050. The causes are the growth of human population together with a greater affluence. Consumers not only demand now affordability but quality. Meat quality is a generic term used to describe properties and perceptions of meat. Thus, meat quality includes aspects such as safety, sensory, shelf life, nutrition, well-being and health. EXCELMEAT is a People Marie Curie Action funded by the European Union (EU) involving 8 international partners. Our common objective is improving pork quality. We are especially interested in 1) pleiotropic and epigenetic of meat quality markers, 2) muscle growth development, 3) regulation of fat deposition and fatty acid composition, 4) pre-slaughtering stress and 5) novel technologies for rapid and inexpensive evaluation of meat quality parameters.