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How to compare novel and conventional processing methods in new product development: A case-study on orange juice
Issue 5 2010 • 4 November 2010 • Ariette Matser & Hennie Mastwijk, Wageningen UR and Diána Bánáti, Director General, Central Food Research Institute and Liesbeth Vervoort & Marc Hendrickx, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
The overall objective of the EU FP6 NovelQ Integrated Project was to formulate strategic solutions for technical and basic research hurdles to enhance the development and successful demonstration of Novel Processing (NP) schemes. A parallel approach was chosen based on providing a sound scientific base and technology transfer.
The first approach has generated new insights for mechanistic and kinetic aspects on the impact of novel technologies on food safety and quality as a basis for process and product development. The second has led to integrated product and process development, and demonstration trajectories. It has also resulted in enhanced implementation of NP.
Today, consumers are demanding high quality, fresh tasting foods free from additives, microbiologically safe and with an extended shelf-life. The most commonly used preservation method has been thermal processing, such as pasteurisation and sterilisation. However, these processes entail considerable organoleptic and nutritional quality losses. Food scientists and the food industry are therefore continuously searching for novel, less degradative processing technologies.
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