Technology extending shelf-life of food and drink including fruit juice and cider garners awards

A new non-destructive treatment for food and drink, including fruit juice and cider, has been recognised with two awards this week.

apple juice bottling - image:Adam Kerfoot-Roberts
apple juice bottling - image:Adam Kerfoot-Roberts
Microwave Volumetric Heating (MVH) has been developed by Advanced Microwave Technologies (AMT) in partnership with food and drink researchers at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.

AMT took Innovation of the Year and the two together were awarded Sustained Partnership of the Year at the inaugural Interface Excellence Awards for Knowledge Exchange, the awards being presented by Scotland's enterprise minister Fergus Ewing.

Trials with food businesses have shown that the technique, a very gentle process of pasteurisation, can extend the shelf life of food and drink without destroying nutrients and antioxidants or altering taste, and have already yielded commercial benefits.

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