SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon.com Inc is exploring a technology first developed for the U.S. military to produce tasty prepared meals that do not need refrigeration, as it looks for new ways to muscle into the $700 billion U.S. grocery business. [continue reading]
Amazon.com Inc is exploring a technology first developed for the U.S. military to produce tasty prepared meals that do not need refrigeration, as it looks for new ways to muscle into the $700 billion U.S. grocery business. [continue reading]
Extending shelf life is a primary function of food packaging, and new preservation technologies reduce nutrient, flavor, and color losses and degradative reactions during processing. As preservation technologies advance, packaging needs to meet new processing and product requirements. High pressure processing (HPP), microwave-assisted thermal sterilization (MATS), and active packaging present challenges and opportunities. A fresh-to-the-consumer look at retail is possible when innovative packaging is combined with new preservation technologies. [continue reading]
Our favorite packaged foods should also be the healthiest for us.
This year, dozens of prepackaged foods, from frozen burritos to turkey salad, were recalled in the United States. Juming Tang, scientist at Washington State University, is doing his part to help make packaged food safer, while using fewer preservatives.
Engineering for Food Safety & Quality | March 2017
Many methods that use heat and chemicals to ensure food safety are not 100% effective and can damage food color, texture, flavor, and nutrients. University scientists are developing tools and practices that improve food safety and quality. These advances are important as consumers demand minimally-processed, additive-free food items with longer shelf lives and less potential to cause foodborne illnesses. [continue reading]
Packaged entrées like TV dinners and military rations traditionally have been chock full of extra salt and additives, but short on flavor, texture, and nutritional value.
Juming Tang, Washington State University Regents professor and distinguished chair of food engineering, has developed new food preservation technologies based on microwave energy that make packaged food naturally tasty and highly nutritious—while keeping bacteria and viruses in check. [continue reading]
A major challenge to our food system is feeding a growing population that is projected to exceed nine billion in just the next three decades. This challenge requires both increasing food production and protecting the safety of our food supply in the face of a changing climate and diminishing land and water resources. [continue reading]
Consumer demand for safe, high-quality, additive-free packaged foods is growing. Thanks to two recent investments in innovative food processing technology based on microwave energy, Washington State University (WSU) is advancing toward meeting this demand.
Microwaves are far more than the white boxes found in most domestic kitchens. Researchers from Washington State University have developed an exciting new suite of microwave-based technologies that could change the way pre-packaged food is sterilised and pasteurised, meaning greater efficiency for the manufacturers and higher-quality outcomes for the consumers [continue reading]