Preservation - Member Interest Group

This MIG is dedicated to all aspects of shelf-life extension, including ingredients and final products. It includes thermal and non-thermal processing approaches, as well as formulation and inclusion of preservative compounds. Vacuum and modified atmosphere packaging are also included in this MIG. The aim of this MIG is to provide a collaborative environment in which challenges and solutions can be discussed. It is also an ideal forum for networking, horizon-scanning, identifying gaps in knowledge and addressing them, as well as keeping up to date with legislation, latest research, and other upcoming topics.

Chair: Gareth Snook, FEI Foods Ltd
Vice-Chair: Chris Holland, Holmach Ltd

Next Preservation meeting

Preservation MIG


Thu 16 May 2024 12:30 - 15:00 BST

Joint meeting with Packaging

Typical topics of interest:

Preservation through processing

  • Process innovation
  • New or emerging technologies
  • Process validation, verification, and consistency
  • ‘Mild technologies’ (e.g., mild pasteurisation)
  • Specific processes, methods, and preservation technologies
  • Monitoring and control of processes (e.g., sensors)
  • Scale–up challenges and best practice


  • Intelligent packaging
  • Active packaging
  • Modified atmosphere

Preservation through formulation

  • Preservatives and preservation techniques
  • Impact on safety and quality
  • Legislation and guidance
  • Clean label approaches
  • Allergenicity

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