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Ensuring water quality in food processing

5 March 2012 | By Anett Winkler and Dirk Nikoleski, EHEDG Members

Water is used in food processing for many different purposes. Among other applications it is used in direct contact with the food or food contact surfaces (as an ingredient, steam, etc) or indirectly as a processing aid. Therefore, water quality used in a food manufacturing plant has to be managed…


Innovative freezing technologies for foods

6 September 2012 | By Stephen J. James & Christian James, Food Refrigeration and Process Engineering Research Centre, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education

Freezing is a well-established food preservation process that produces high quality nutritious foods that offer the advantage of a long storage life. However, freezing is not suitable for all foods and freezing does cause physical and chemical changes in many foods that are perceived as reducing the quality of the…


Beer Stability: A perspective on beer flavour stability

23 June 2014 | By Patricia Aron, Senior Hops Chemist, MillerCoors

The educated beer consumer’s heightened expectations have changed the game in terms of beer quality. Today’s beer drinkers are more sophisticated, fickle and less forgiving when it comes to beer flavour. Consequently, flavour instability is now one of the most critical quality problems faced by the brewing industry. Achieving beer…


Propraline project delivers a number of solutions for chocolate industry to improve praline quality

6 March 2012 | By Lilia Ahrné, Coordinator, ProPraline and Director Process and Technology Development at SIK – Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology

The ProPraline project is now finalised and after three years of intensive research, the project has delivered a number of solutions. Four booklets containing scientific information to help SMEs to produce pralines of high quality and extended shelf-life have been developed during the project and are now available to download…


MoniQA – A new EU-project towards the harmonisation of analytical methods for monitoring food quality and safety in the food supply chain

4 September 2007 | By Roland Ernest Poms, ICC – International Association for Cereal Science and Technology, Vienna, Austria – Coordinator of MoniQA

MoniQA is an EU funded Network of Excellence (NoE), which works towards harmonisation of analytical methods for monitoring food quality and safety in the food supply chain. The MoniQA NoE (Contract N0. FOOD-CT-2006-36337) is coordinated by the Vienna-based ICC (International Association for Cereal Science and Technology) and is set to…


EU FP7 Veg-i-Trade investigates pre and post-harvest practices influencing microbial quality and safety of leafy greens

5 September 2012 | By Maria I. Gil, Ana Allende and Maria V. Selma, Research Group on Quality, Safety and Bioactivity of Plant Foods, CEBAS-CSIC and Mieke Uyttendaele, Laboratory of Food Microbiology and Food Preservation, Ghent University

Fresh leafy vegetables (e.g. lettuce, spinach, escarole, cabbage and other baby leaves used in salad mixes) are an important part of a healthy diet. Global consumption levels are expected to increase in the future. However, due to recent disease outbreaks and rapid alerts attributed to fresh produce, concerns have emerged…


The Quality Monitoring Tool for Every Brewer’s Tool Kit

4 April 2019 | By

Anecdotes from craft brewing booms of the past (c.1997) identify poor quality as a root problem leading to market contraction. While overall quality is shaped by a bevy of factors (ingredients, process, tools, and sheer artistry of the brewmaster), one common element of outstanding craft brewers who survived the bust…


Quality sentries: Some trends in chocolate manufacturing

11 January 2013 | By Ramana Sundara, John Rasburn and Josélio Vieira, Nestlé Product Technology Centre

In-line control elements are an increasing development in the pursuit of efficient processes in a wide range of manufacturing sectors. Advances in sensor technology and computing power are now providing instruments which can greatly improve the efficiency and accuracy of manufacturing, and at a cost which is moderate in comparison…


Ensuring the quality of ice cream

11 August 2006 | By Chris Ing, Quality Assurance Manager, Wall’s UK

All year we look forward with anticipation to the summer; when the days are longer and warmer and we can enjoy a long-awaited holiday in the sun. Throughout Europe each region enjoys its own celebration of the season with barbeques, chilled drinks by the sea and picnics with friends, but…


Energy, nutrition and the quality of breads; an overview of ‘EU-FRESHBAKE’

3 December 2008 | By A. Le-Bail and R. Zuniga, ENITIAA – GEPEA; T. Lucas, Cemagref; M. Sikora, University of Agriculture Balicka; C. M. Rosell, IATA-CSIC; D. Curic, University of Zagreb; T. Park, TTZ-EIBT; V. Kiseleva, Russian Academy of Science, IBCP RAS; M. Pitroff, MIWE; I. Van Haesendonck, PURACOR; M. Bonnand-Ducasse, BIOFOURNIL; M. Koczwara, BEZGLUTEN; V. Cerne, SCHAER R&D

The European bread industry is using refrigeration more and more to extend the shelf life of bakery products. The associated technologies, called bake-off-technology, allows the retail of freshly baked breads made from industrial frozen (and non frozen) products. Energy used for bread making, nutrition facts and quality of the final…


Genomics in microbial food quality and safety

29 July 2005 | By Jos van der Vossen, Frank Schuren and Roy Montijn, TNO Quality of Life, The Netherlands

The food industry is assisted optima forma when a clear and rapid insight could be given into the presence and behavior of microorganisms in ingredients, processing, final product and health. A clear insight regarding the microbiology of food products and production is essential for prediction and management of food quality…


Coupling NIR spectroscopy and chemometrics for the assessment of food quality

28 February 2013 | By Federico Marini, Department of Chemistry, University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’

In the last 30 years, there has been increasing attention paid to the possibility of using Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy to deal with different aspects of food quality assessment. Indeed, the intrinsic characteristics of this technique, which, requiring little or no sample pretreatment, allows high throughput analyses in a rapid…