Nutritech - Rethinking the Food Chain

FOOD SOLUTIONS area in the Nutritech® Innovation Platform focuses on development of innovative processing concepts for food industry by exploiting enzymes and microbes in hybrid processes with thermo-mechanical processing techniques. We are specialised in the development of sustainable and economically efficient technologies for value-added ingredients from various food raw materials and agro-biomass side streams.

Our core competences

Our core competence in food technology ranges from food materials science and bioprocess technologies to consumer expectations. VTT has unique expertise in developing functional, plant-based ingredients by enzymatic modification and microbial fermentation, and by sophisticated milling and fractionation technologies. Our bioprocessing expertise covers research from screening, production and characterization of potential enzymes and microbial starters or probiotics, all the way up to application development with quality control. Our special expertise is in processing of plant-based raw materials and products as well as fibre and protein-rich, low-fat and low-salt food products.

Why processing with enzymes and microbes?

Bioprocessing of raw materials and foods by enzymes and microbes offers specific means to modify various properties of food raw materials, ingredients or end products. The chemical and physical properties of food matrix at different structural levels can be influenced by use of exogenous enzymes or microbes producing the enzymes in situ, or alternatively by inducing the action of endogenous enzymes present in the food raw material. By exploiting these bioprocessing tools, production of novel food ingredients and structures as well as modification of end-product characteristics can be accomplished, and product stability improved. Our work covers research areas from screening, production and characterization of potential enzymes and microbial starters or probiotics, all the way up to application development.

For more information please contact:
Research team leader
Emilia Nordlund
emilia.nordlund@vtt.fi

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