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Mapping trends in novel and emerging food processing technologies around the world.

Jermann, C., Koutchma, T., Margas, E., Leadley, C., and Ros-Polski, V. (2015). "Mapping trends in novel and emerging food processing technologies around the world.", Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies. doi : 10.1016/j.ifset.2015.06.007  Access to full text


This paper discusses novel technologies and their applications in the world. Two surveys were independently designed and conducted by a North American (Survey 1) and by a European group (Survey 2). The respondents were food professionals from industry, academia and government. The questions sought to identify novel technologies either applied now or with the potential to be commercialised in 5–10 years, commercialisation factors, associated regulations and limitations. In Survey 1, HPP (80%), microwave (88%) and UV (84%) were the main technologies applied now and anticipated in the next 5 years. PEF was third instead of UV in Survey 2. The main drivers were higher quality products (94%), product safety (92%) and shelf life (91%). HPP and microwaves were identified as main technologies now and in the next 10 years. There were geographical differences with North America finding UV and radiation, and Europe finding PEF of more importance now. Cold plasma and PEF were anticipated to be more important in Europe in 10 years' time while HPP, microwave and UV remained more important to North America.

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