Industry Updates

Industry Updates

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Industry Updates

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Industry Updates highlight the latest innovations in products and services of direct relevance to oils, fats, proteins, surfactants, foods and sustainable materials research, and development and production. Kalsec® Inc., Milestone, Pennakem Europa, and Schrödinger delivered the following presentations on Thursday, April 14, 2022. 

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Clean label food protection strategies: Dual functional and synergistic food preservation system with DuraShieldTM natural food protection blends

Andrew Lee*, Senior R&D Manager, Food Protection, Kalsec® Inc., USA; Divek Nair, Lead Scientist, Food Protection, Kalsec® Inc., USA; Lorna Polovina, Associate Scientist, Food Protection, Kalsec® Inc., USA; Alessandra Pham-Mondala, Lead Scientist, Food Protection, Kalsec® Inc., USA; and Poulson Joseph, Director of Food Protection and Protein Innovation, Kalsec® Inc., USA

Oxidation and microbial spoilage are two major factors that limit the shelf-life of food products. The oxidative reaction results in off aroma, off flavor, and product discoloration in certain instances while microbial spoilage leads to objectionable by-product formation, visible microbial growth, and potential food safety risks. Temperature variations, extended distances of distribution, and demand for cleaner labels have all contributed to an increased risk of food spoilage in both minimally processed and ready-to-eat products. DuraShield Food Protection Blends are scientifically proven to be effective in improving shelf life and safety by combining traditional antioxidant products (including rosemary extracts and acerola) with natural cultured dextrose and/or buffered vinegar and leveraging their dual-functional and synergistic properties. They deliver minimal impact on taste and aroma and, in most cases, help to maintain a cleaner, consumer-preferred label. The proposed session will demonstrate the dual-functional and synergistic aspects of DuraShield Food Protection blends that will help to tackle complicated spoilage issues in variety of food products.


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Combined use of microwave assisted extraction and saponification for food quality and safety

Giorgia Purcaro*, Professor, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, University of Liege, Belgium; Diego Carnaroglio, Business Development & Application Manager, Milestone srl, Italy; and Roberto Boschini, Application Specialist, Milestone srl, Italy

Sample preparation is a routine step in many analyses, but it is often underestimated. Choosing the right sample preparation step is important, as it can prevent contamination, improve accuracy, and minimize the risk of skewing the results. Despite that, most of the methods applied to fats and oils sample preparation are still tied to traditional, time- and solvent-consuming procedures. The complexity of the food matrices led to challenging sample preparation, for example, the time-consuming saponification. Over the years traditional techniques have been improved, but they are still relying on ancient technologies, and now laboratories are seeking new approaches to ensure fast, robust, and reproducible analysis of food.

Microwave assisted solvent extraction (MASE) and microwave assisted saponification (MAS) offer a reliable and efficient approach to sample preparation. Several processes can take advantage of microwave heating, reducing time and solvent consumption, enabling the lab to have a greener and more cost-effective approach. In this section some examples will be reported ranging from extraction of contaminants (MOAH and MOSH), to saponification and extraction of DAKs and sterols, to fatty acid methyl ester profile determination from foodstuff.


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Recent achievements in the industrial scale-up of EcoXtract® solution, the sustainable and safe hexane alternative to extract efficiently vegetable oils and plant-based proteins

Gabriel Dufour*, Head of Business Development, Pennakem Europa, France

EcoXtract® provides a hexane-free and highly efficient processing solution to extract safely and sustainably oils and plant proteins from oilseeds and grains. This innovative extraction system uses a lipophilic extraction solvent with a high purity content of >99.9% of Methyloxolane, a bio-based molecule upcycled from agricultural waste such as sugar cane residues.

In 2021, Pennakem Europa, together with four European partners and financial support from the European Union, adapted a 10 Tons/day hexane-based extraction unit located in the United Kingdom: New Holland Extraction. The plant successfully started with a soy processing campaign in October 2021 using Methyloxolane as lipophilic solvent with the same extraction and desolventization equipment. This presentation will describe the main modifications to implement EcoXtract® solution in a hexane-based plant and will focus on the latest major achievements to upscale this technology at industrial scale, including an update on regulatory approvals in various geographies.


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How digital molecular simulations will drive the next generation of innovation in reformulation and sustainability of consumer-packaged goods

Jeffrey Sanders*, Principal Scientist, Materials Science, Schrödinger, USA

Molecular modeling has historically been viewed as a research tool with little connection back to commercial products. Computational power, expertise, and precise knowledge of chemical space, along with mismanaged expectations has limited the impact of molecular modeling in industrial settings until recently. With advances in physics-based simulation methods and machine learning, molecular simulation is quickly becoming routine alongside experimentation. In this talk, the utility of modeling to develop new products, rationalize product (mis)behavior, and understand how modeling can empower researchers to drive innovation will be highlighted. Case studies will be discussed that illustrate how modeling, when correctly applied, can provide novel insight into design and selection of surfactant-based formulations and interactions with packaging.

*Denotes presenting author.