The global food market is constantly changing, from milder and more sustainable processing technologies to clean label products and plant-based ingredients and dairy alternatives. These trends create new challenges for producing safe, high-quality and taste ingredients and finished food. NIZO’s multidisciplinary capabilities can help you protect your products and brands. We ensure we have the most up-to-date knowledge about microbiological hygiene, as well as residues and chemical contaminants that may be found in milk, dairy products and dairy alternatives.
The use of alternative proteins in food is a major trend in the food industry as feeding the world and sustainability are major drivers for food ingredient and food producers. NIZO focuses on relevant aspects of technologies that enable this transition namely: protein technology, processing technologies, food grade fermentation technologies and the health aspects.
Verify the results of your predictive modelling
Once it leaves your facilities, your product will be exposed to multiple, and often unideal, conditions. For example, it may be stocked in the store’s refrigeration unit for a time, then purchased and transported in an ambient temperature to the consumer’s home, and finally kept in the consumer’s refrigerator– which may not offer the optimal temperature for your product.
Predictive modelling can give you key insight into your potential product’s shelf life, and the possible growth of any pathogens or spoilers throughout the chain. A variety of conditions can be incorporated, without requiring multiple shelf life studies. Sensory elements such as changes of your product’s visual appearance or texture can also be incorporated in such predictive models. But models may not capture all factors that determine shelf life, for instance when you use novel (bio)preservatives or multiple distinct components.
After this first screening, you want to validate those results with real products, enabling you to go to market confident that the consumer will enjoy a safe and unspoiled product.
Using small batches of your product with different formulations and processing conditions, NIZO can assess how your product performs over time under controlled conditions, including the growth of various microbial contaminants of concern.
Then we can provide you with practical advice on how to extend the shelf life of your product, as well as the optimal product formulation and/or production process.