About 20 years ago, the Microwave Sterilization Consortium (MSC) was established at Washington State University (WSU) to coordinate the efforts of academic, industry, and U.S. Department of Defense researchers as they sought to develop a revolutionary new method for in-package sterilization of individual meals. The main goal was to dramatically reduce thermal treatment time in order to maintain high organoleptic and nutritional quality while still ensuring food safety during ambient storage. Led by WSU Regents Professor and Distinguished Chair of Food Engineering Juming Tang, experts in microwave engineering, microbiology, packaging, process simulation, and sensory evaluation together developed the technology that would come to be known as MATS. [continue reading]
The supermarket and grocery business is likely to suffer strong headwinds in the future, due to long-term shifts in consumer behavior. Although many people don’t realize it yet, grocery shopping and cooking are in a long-term decline. They are shifting from a mass category, based on a daily activity, to a niche activity that a few people do only some of the time. [continue reading]
CAHNRS Faculty and Staff Awards Night | April 18, 2018
Principal Investigators of the Center of Excellence for Food Safety, Dr. Karina Gallardo and Dr. Shyam Sablani, were honored at the CAHNRS Faculty and Staff Awards Night. Dr. Gallardo received the Early Career Excellence Award and Dr. Sablani Received the Excellence in Advising Award.
Tang is the Distinguished Chair of Food Engineering. During his 22 years of research at WSU, he has yielded three U.S. patents and three pending patent applications. The FDA accepted two processes based on Dr. Tang’s technologies, paving the way to replace traditional canning methods. He has authored or co-authored more than 300 peer-reviewed journal articles and three books. His research has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Fortune and Reuters. His awards include the R & D Award from the Institute of Food Technologists and International Food Engineering Award from the American Society of Agriculture and Biological Engineers.
WSU established the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award in 2018. Dr. Tang is the recipient of the inaugural award. [continue reading]
Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) already challenges supermarkets in a number of ways, including offering grocery delivery in an ever-growing number of markets through its Fresh service. And, of course, the chain will be stepping up its grocery game when it completes its $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods Market, a deal expected to close before the end of 2017. [continue reading]
From drone delivery to its ill-fated smartphone, Amazon is renowned for its willingness to experiment. As founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has pointed out, this resilience and willingness to learn has proven key to his company’s success. [continue reading]
The company has reportedly been testing a technology most people associate with the military and survivalists: ready-to-eat meals that don’t require refrigeration.
Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) already challenges supermarkets in a number of ways, including offering grocery delivery in an ever-growing number of markets through its Fresh service. And, of course, the chain will be stepping up its grocery game when it completes its $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods Market, a deal expected to close before the end of 2017. [continue reading]
Amazon may dominate your shopping routine in terms of wires, cords, gadgets, and maybe even deodorant, but even with the siren song of AmazonFresh, you’re probably not getting all your food from the super site. Amazon’s looking to change that by bringing some old-school military tech into the modern day. According to Reuters, the retailer is looking into creating ready-to-eat food that doesn’t require refrigeration. [continue reading]
The speed at which Amazon has become a food company is kind of wonderful, and Reuters reported Friday that Amazon is talking to a startup called 915 Labs about its MATS (microwave-assisted thermal sterilization) technology for possible use in future products. [continue reading]
Not long after reports of Amazon filing trademarks for a meal-preparation service, it appears the retail giant may consider another service using an experimental method for prepackaged meals that come ready-to-eat. Using a technique called microwave assisted thermal sterilization or (MATS), Amazon is looking into selling pre-cooked dishes that do not require refrigeration. Designed primarily for military use, MATS puts sealed food in pressurized containers of water that are then heated using microwaves. These sealed packages can then be stored for up to a year without refrigeration. [continue reading]