In the last decades, a number of food crises, have threatened consumer confidence in the food industry, driving food business operators to go beyond mandatory traceability requirements and develop systems which integrate information at all stages of the supply chain. A major benefit of such a system lies in the increased marketability that can be granted to foods with verifiable quality attributes that are unique or undetectable. Rapid evaporative ionisation mass spectrometry has recently surfaced as a highly promising technique as it allows analysis in real time, thus guaranteeing a direct quality check. At present, it has found its entrance within food analysis with a number of successful applications so far including the detection of fish fraud and the successful determination of olive oil authenticity. This project intends to apply this novel cost-effective fingerprinting technique to perform real time quality checks on high-end food products including fish (salmon, cod and tuna) and olive oil. In addition, it foresees to investigate the perceived social pressure towards buying traceable fish and olive oil, and perceived ability to find and understand additional information about the origin, authenticity and supply chain of fish and olive oil and how they influence consumer trust and purchase intentions.
REIMS-based analysis platform for improved traceability and consumer purchase intention of high-end food products
As a result of the globalization of the food supply chain, ensuring the safety, quality and integrity of the food we eat has become increasingly difficult.
VITAL: Validation of Innovative Tools to Assess and to improve microbioLogical safety in the food chain
Conventional microbiological testing takes time to get results. This impacts the supply chain, causing delays to get to market whilst results come back on finished but not shipped goods.
The aim of this project is to test the effects of innovative ingredients (insect larvae) in poultry feeding to allow sustainable production, to improve animal welfare and to potentially meet the consumer demand for healthier, more natural and bettertasting products.
We aim to design innovation led packaging for red meat, fish & poultry made from material derived from agrifood waste. The issue of waste plastic in the food industry has led to strong consumer demand for producers & retailers to remove single use & reduce hard-to-dispose plastic.
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