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December 2019   

Spices

Mitigating food fraud - new technology

​Food manufacturers and suppliers need to minimise the risk of purchasing fraudulent or adulterated food raw materials and ensure that all product descriptions and claims are legal, accurate and verified.

Steven Walker

Farewell and thank you Steven

​Our Chief Executive, Steven Walker, has announced that he is stepping down and will leave Campden BRI at the end of the year, after 33 years with the business.

Specialty breads

Baking with enzymes to optimise processes

One way to save on costs is to use enzymes that make more efficient use of ingredients and resources.

IFTSA winner 2019

IFTSA winner 2019

​AJ Taylor, a PhD student at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign​

Glasses of beer

The future of brewing

We picked our master brewer Derek Orford's brains during an interview to uncover the challenges and future of the brewing industry. ​

Plastic bottles

Single use plastic packaging: blog

There has been a huge media and consumer focus over the past year regarding plastic, particularly single-use plastic but there isn’t a single solution.

Shelf life evaluation

Revised shelf-life evaluation guideline

Updated to aligning with recent changes and EU recommendations for setting a shelf-life

Ready meals in plastic packaging

Single-use plastic: top 3 common challenges

To help the food and drinks industry address the environmental impact of single use plastics, we’re currently running a member-funded project that is investigating how to reduce or replace single-use plastics for food and drink.

Shelf life prediction

Rapid tool to determine shelf-life

​In a new blog, Linda Everis discusses predictive modelling - a tool that can quickly assess the survival and/or growth of a microorganism under a range of temperatures, pH and water activities.

research

New member funded research projects for 2020

​Twenty-three member-funded research projects are ongoing and this year our members have chosen eight new projects to complement them

November 2019   

Developing plant proteins

Developing plant proteins

Plant-based proteins are in demand as the industry looks for alternatives to animal-based ingredients.

Repurposing food waste to make a high fibre claim

Repurposing food waste to make a high fibre claim

Food and drink manufacturers are under pressure to reformulate their products with more fibre

Egg replacement challenges

Egg replacement challenges

Industry is seeking alternatives to egg ingredients, in response we’ve launched an Egg Replacement Club

Challenges of incorporating inulin and fructans

Challenges of incorporating inulin and fructans

Inulin and fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) have attracted a lot of interest as functional dietary fibres.

Nutrition and health claims

Nutrition and health claims

Nutrition claims are presented on the product label or in its advertising but are regulated in the EU by legislation

Challenges of producing healthier bakery products

Challenges of producing healthier bakery products

There are many challenges to improving the nutritional profile of our diets

Pre-processing to improve nutrition

Pre-processing to improve nutrition

A new project to help our members optimise the nutritional value and functionality of ingredients


October 2019   

Understanding shelf-life with DNA analysis

Understanding shelf-life with DNA analysis

​Our new member-funded research project is using advanced microbial profiling (AMP) to improve our understanding and potentially extend the shelf-life of products.

Connecting with consumers - how do we do it?

Connecting with consumers - how do we do it?

New product development is not getting any easier!  Today’s consumers want options but can be overwhelmed with too many choices.

Are you ready for BRC packaging Issue 6?

Are you ready for BRC Issue 6?

We are launching a new service to help you prepare for auditing against the new packaging standard.

New virology course

New virology course

Foodborne viruses: Norovirus, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis E – transmission, detection and control

The Status of “Retained EU Law” in the UK after Brexit

“Retained EU Law” after Brexit

New body of law called “retained EU law” will replicate EU law as domestic.

Understanding adventurous consumers

Understanding adventurous consumers

Consumer food choices are increasingly shaped by health and environmental considerations.

Texture analysis – getting it right

Texture analysis – getting it right

What’s the importance of measuring how crunchy or how firm a food is?

The importance of food colour

The importance of food colour

​Colour is one of the most important sensory aspects of food and drink.

Meet a MIG - Processing, Operations and Preservation

Meet a MIG - Processing, Operations and Preservation

​The Processing, Operations and Preservation (POP) MIG - with a broad remit covering the operational aspects of food manufacturing.

September 2019   

New technologies research

New technologies research

New technologies help drive innovation and assure product safety and quality.​​

 

What’s new? BRC Global Standard for Packaging - Issue 6

BRC Global Standard for Packaging - Issue 6

​The BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials was the first packaging standard to be recognised by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

Sampling for food safety - a practical guide - Guideline 78

Sampling for food safety - a practical guide

Until now, there’s been little or no user-friendly practical guidance to help industry with sampling for food safety.

Sensory - what is Relative Profiling?

Sensory - what is Relative Profiling?

Relative Profiling is a comparative-descriptive sensory approach. 

3D-printed food - what do consumers think?

3D-printed food - what do consumers think?

3D-printing is attracting interest as a way of allowing late customisation of foods and personalising nutrition.

Fridge temperatures - the shelf-life concern

Fridge temperatures - the shelf-life concern

New research indicates that assumptions about fridge temperatures may not be accurate.

Rapid confirmation and identification of Campylobacter in foods

Rapid confirmation and identification of Campylobacter in foods

Campylobacter are of great importance to the food industry as the major cause of bacterial food poisoning.

August 2019   

Brewery hygiene

Hygiene inspection of the brewery

​We offer support to achieve food hygiene standards in complex production environments.

Repurposing waste for ingredients

Repurposing ‘waste’ for ingredients

​​‘Getting more from less’ was a major ‘need’ articulated by members recently.

Thermal process validation - for safety and quality

Thermal process validation - for safety and quality

We have produced two whiteboard video presentations to help you understand how thermal processes are validated

Pilot scale facilities to help your NPD

Pilot scale facilities to help your NPD

Use our pilot plant facilities to develop new products, analyse existing processes, and evaluate ideas​

MIGs

2020 MIG dates published

​Find out about member interest groups (MIGs).  Attendance is free to members, find out more

​Global Halal harmonisation

Global Halal harmonisation

​Global Halal harmonisation: Harmonisation of Halal is a long-debated topic​

Revised risk evaluation guideline

Revised risk evaluation guideline

An updated edition of G65 - ‘Risk evaluation and management of raw materials' has been released.​

Brewing updates

Brewing updates: Brewing regulatory updates and Brewing proficiency scheme

​Brewing updates: Brewing regulatory updates and Brewing proficiency scheme​

July 2019   

Revised food safety guideline

Revised food safety guideline

​Ensuring factories are cleaned and disinfected effectively is a fundamental  prerequisite for the safe production of  food and drink.

Dealcoholisation  - pilot scale trials

Dealcoholisation - pilot scale trials

​Dealcoholised drinks/reduced alcohol drinks are becoming increasingly popular with consumers.

Solid-state microwaves - the future?

Solid-state microwaves (SSM) - the future?

SSM are a new development that may rival the traditional magnetron microwaves

Imaging for product quality

Imaging for product quality

​Believe it or not, different sized bubbles taste different, so understanding how they’ve formed

Norovirus in fresh and frozen produce

Norovirus in fresh and frozen produce: ​FSA survey update

FSA survey update: In 2015-16, a large retail survey by the FSA found that 5.3% of lettuce, 2.3% of fresh raspberries and 3.6% of frozen raspberries tested positive for Norovirus.

Campden BRI Day lecture podcast

The 2019 lecture addressed: The food and drink industry over 100 years - past, present and future

Dealcoholisation  - the guidelines

Dealcoholisation - the guidelines

​The UK government has produced guidance on low
alcohol descriptors

Analyses: Vitamin and Inulin

Analyses: Vitamin and Inulin

​Analysis is not always straightforward, we have developed robust and reliable analyses

June 2019   

Packaging Challenges

Packaging Challenges

​A new project will investigate materials and  technical challenges facing packaging/food companies in reducing or removing plastics.

What is advanced microbial profiling

What is advanced microbial profiling and how can it be used?

​AMP (advanced microbial profiling) is a powerful DNA
technique

Modified atmosphere packaging - 'The carbon dioxide effect'

MAP - 'The carbon dioxide effect'

Modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) is used as a means of preservation

The importance of rheology

The importance of rheology

​​Rheology refers to the flow behaviour of materials. It depends primarily on viscosity as an important measurement

Microwaving - a better thermal process?

Microwaving - a better thermal process?

Continuous microwave processing (CMP) offers new thermal processing opportunties

Mitigating food fraud

Mitigating food fraud

A range of assurance and traceability systems, and appropriate analytical techniques can be adopted

Advertising and claims in India

Advertising and claims in India

​New regulations establish a list of permitted claims
and the criteria for their use

May 2019   

Calorie reduction and fibre enhancement

Calorie reduction and fibre enhancement

Investigating function of fibre, potential for calorie density reduction and differnt forms on the market

Shor run canned food

Short run canned food - ideal for intervention feeding trials

​​​We helped run an intervention trial to assess the health impacts of ingredient changes to food.

Campden BRI Day

Campden BRI Day: register today

​Hear industry leaders, see our work, chat to our experts, hear expert briefings and meet industry colleagues.

Egg free project

New egg free club

Will investigate using plant-based alternatives to replace egg functionality

legislative situation for products containing cannabidiol

Products containing cannabidiol

​The legislative situation for such products is complex for companies looking to develop new products

Resistant starch analysis

Resistant starch analysis

Interest in functional components such as resistant starch continues to increase

RSS

A roundup of recent research summary sheets (RSS)

​Research Summary Sheets (RSSs) provide concise overviews of individual R&D projects.

April 2019   

Sensory claims

Sensory claims

The impact of sensory substantiation claims on consumers' purchase decisions

Thermal processing

How to reduce costs and improve quality

Optimise your thermal processes

​​Brewing Analytes Proficiency Scheme

​​Brewing Analytes Proficiency Scheme

An international scheme designed to promote quality in the  measurement of a range of analytes in beer​​.​

Using microscopy to investigate packaging

Using microscopy to investigate packaging

Investigate packaging material specifications or analyse defects or irregularities.

Superchilling to extend shelf-life

Superchilling to extend shelf-life

​Our research showed that is possible to extend the stored shelf-life of certain products

New Russian regulation on the safety of alcoholic beverages

New Russian regulation on alcoholic beverages

​The new regulation brings with it many improvements but also harbours some challenges.

We can help you track social media

We can help you track social media

We can provide real time information that can inform business activities


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