2nd Euro-Mediterranean Symposium on Fruit and Vegetable (F&V) Processing was held in Avignon, France 4-6.42016. The oral sessions of the meeting covered the topics: Innovative processes for improved sustainability, Quality at the heart of sustainable markets for F&V products, Constraints on F&V processing: microbial, safety and waste management issues, and Consumer preferences and needs. Round Table was organized with a topic of Sustainability, what can it mean in F&V processsing? parallerly with EcoBerries session. VTT's work to develop probiotic ingredients from edible plant co-streams was presented by Dr. Riikka Juvonen.
Innovative processes sessions dealt with various topics including supercritical CO2 extraction of seeds, the use of high pressure CO2 on the storage quality of fruit juice, the effect of plasma on the quality of tomatoes, and use of lactic acid bacteria, natural antimicrobials, mild heat treatment, UV-C, high pressure processing in the preservation of F&V products.
The sessions on Quality at the heart of sustainable markets for F&V products dealt with topics such as quality improvements by adding new F&V ingredients into existing products and effects of processing on the quality. Constraints on F&V processing mainly dealt with issues such as quality and shelf-life of ready to eat and minimally processed foods, and quality of juice and wine.
The session on Consumer preferences and needs dealt with topics such as consumer preferences among different consumer groups and improvement of sensory properties of F&V products.
In the EcoBerries session the project on "Ensuring quality and safety of organic food along the processing chain" and its work-packages were presented. For further information about the project where VTT is a partner see: http://coreorganicplus.org/research-projects/ecoberries/
The poster sessions of the meeting were popular with about 100 posters. Most of the posters were about Innovative processes for improved sustainability and Quality at the heart of sustainable markets for F&V products. Apples and apple products were studied in many posters, followed by strawberries, pears, tomatoes and (root) vegetables. Posters on Constraints on F&V processing mainly dealt with issues such as microbial contamination and de-contamination and side-stream valorization. VTT had a poster on Bioprocessing as a tool to develop new multifunctional plant ingredients (abstract attached).
Dr. Maria Saarela
Juvonen et al 2016_Bioprocessing as a tool to develop new multifunctional plant ingredients
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