TECAL: Reference point of food industry in Emilia Romagna region

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Laboratorio TECnologie e impianti per l’industria ALimentare

Project acronym: TECAL
Duration: July 2005- October 2007
Funded by: Italian National Project
Website: Not available

Project name: Laboratorio TECnologie e impianti per l’industria ALimentare

Contacts: Professor M. Elisabetta Guerzoni, University of Bologna - Department of Food Science, Viale Fanin 46, 40127 Bologna, Italy, Tel: +39 051 2096573; Fax: +39 051 2096574; elisabetta.guerzoni@unibo.it

1. Context and problematic

This project is based on a network of Laboratories and Research Centres within the Emilia-Romagna Region. The main objective of the project is to to organize the technological research on food plants and processes and become the technical-scientific reference point for the competitive development in the food engineering and food industry sector of the Emilia Romagna Region. The main research areas concern the following development activities: the main food processing and stabilization technologies and the logistic distribution concerning the product supply

2. Results and Applications

As for food processing, aseptic plants and processes, high-pressure treatments, ultrasound sterilization processes, extrusion process modelling, food product conditioning and packaging, thermal process optimization have been developed with the collaboration of regional enterprises. The Laboratory is developing the traceability issues of products and processes and high-quality, safe and cost-effective methodologies and technologies, with positive effect on the whole supply chain

3. Novelties, benefits and added value

The Laboratory, actually named SITEIA, represents a reference lab in different fields for most of the enterprises of Emilia Romagna region. The research activities carried out has resulted in significant steps forward in nutrition, food processing and food safety as well as in product and processing innovation.

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