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Infrared spectroscopy and its role to monitor wine fermentation

28 August 2013 | By Daniel Cozzolino School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide

The term Process Analytical Technologies (PAT) describes the field of process analysis and measurement technologies that have been expanded to include several physical, chemical, mathematical and other analytical tools used to characterise chemical and biological processes. Over the past few years, on- in- and at-line analysis, the so-called PAT technologies,…

Trans fats in foods and the commercial challenges

28 August 2013 | By M. S. Alam Head of Fats and Oils Program, Food Protein R&D Center, Texas A&M University

Fats and oils are major sources of energy, providing nine kilocalories per gram compared to carbohydrates and proteins which provide only four kilocalories per gram and 3.8 kcal/g of energy, respectively. The two major sources of edible fats and oils are plants and animals. Plant sources or vegetable oils are…

Rheological aspects of chocolate with an improved health profile

28 August 2013 | By Isabella Van Damme, Material Science Program Manager R&D, Mars Chocolate

Chocolate is adored by people around the world for its unique flavour and smooth, luxurious texture. It provides an indulgent pleasure with the added benefit that cocoa flavanols promote a range of health benefits. Is it possible to improve the nutritional profile of chocolate while still maintaining the quality aspects…

Low calorie sweeteners: Consumer perceptions of safety and use in weight control

28 August 2013 | By Helena Gibson-Moore Nutrition Scientist, British Nutrition Foundation

This article presents an update on low calorie sweeteners including results from consumer research which examined attitudes towards low calorie sweeteners, the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) consultation on the safety of aspartame, Stevia in the marketplace and the role of low calorie sweeteners in weight management. A preference for…

Metabolomics supplement 2013

24 June 2013 | By Robert D. Hall, Amparo Gamero Lluna, Catrienus de Jong

Plant metabolomics – a new opportunity for quality analyses (Robert D. Hall, Managing Director, Centre for Biosystems Genomics, Group Leader Metabolic Regulation, Plant Research International)Novel yeasts, novel flavours (Amparo Gamero Lluna and Catrienus de Jong NIZO food research B.V.)

Reducing fat and sodium in cheese

19 June 2013 | By Professor Donald J. McMahon, Western Dairy, Utah State University

Health regulators seek to reduce dietary fat intake and sodium intake by stipulating that cheeses should be made with lower fat and lower salt contents. However, both fat and salt contribute to cheese flavour, and fat especially impacts cheese appearance, texture and melting. Cheese is adversely affected by fat and…

Colours & Flavours supplement 2013

26 April 2013 | By Martina Lapierre, Vitafoods Europe, Colette Jermann

Flavours: When performance and packaging are no longer compatible Martina Lapierre (Flavour Technologist, PepsiCo)Vitafoods 2013 Preview (Vitafoods Europe, the global nutraceutical event)How novel technologies can help you to use clean label colours Colette Jermann (Department of Food Manufacturing Technologies, Campden BRI)

Pork quality and carcass chilling

26 April 2013 | By Lars Kristensen, Section Manager, Danish Meat Research Institute

Chilling of hot carcasses is an important process in the meat production chain, and the rate of chilling especially has a major impact on meat quality, chill loss, shelf-life and microbial safety. The carcass temperature just before chilling is normally in the range of 39 – 40°C, and the goal…

PAT in large-scale dairy processing

26 April 2013 | By Tristan Hunter, Technical Manager – Strategy, Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd

Open any magazine aimed at the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry and there are regular references to Process Analytical Technology (PAT). There has been a significant focus on this area ever since publication of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report in 20041 encouraging the pharmaceutical industry to adopt PAT. Touted…

Flavours: When performance and packaging are no longer compatible

26 April 2013 | By Martina Lapierre, Flavour Technologist, PepsiCo

“The sensory threshold for difference detection can be considered to occur when there is a 30 per cent decrease in the concentration of a flavourant”. Flavourings are concentrated aroma chemical systems used in food and beverage formulations and as such are important in the provision of aroma and taste. Their…

How novel technologies can help you to use clean label colours

26 April 2013 | By Colette Jermann, Department of Food Manufacturing Technologies, Campden BRI

The trend for clean label products has been growing since the 1980s. In 2007, the well-known University of Southampton study linked certain artificial colours (tartrazine, quinoline yellow, sunset yellow, carmoisine, ponceau 4R and allura red) and the preservative benzoate to hyperactivity and attention deficit disorders in children. Since then, interest…

Natural flavour ingredients

28 February 2013 | By Jane Parker, Flavour Centre, Reading University

The flavour of processed foods has changed significantly over the last 50 years. Think back to the days of the early stock cubes or the original powdered desserts which bore only a passing resemblance to the real flavour. Since then, the food industry has been involved in a continuous programme…

The impact of natural ingredients on the manufacture of soft drinks

11 January 2013 | By Cheryl Walker, Analytical Development Technologist, Britvic Soft Drinks Ltd

The soft drinks industry used to be fairly straightforward – there was a core group of products that were traditionally made and they were generally coloured and flavoured with synthetic materials, contained a lot of sugar and were preserved with sodium benzoate and / or sulphur dioxide. They were bottled…

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