Internationalization of Leading-Edge Clusters, Future Projects and Comparable Networks – Subproject 2 – “ADMIX Advanced processing of mixed-ingredient food particles”.
The food and feed industry is faced with the major challenge of developing products that both promote consumer health and are convenient to use. Convenient in use are products in the form of powders or granules that can be quickly and easily transformed into beverages or soups, for example, by adding water. Promoting health requires that the product’s formulation can be adapted to the specific nutritional needs of consumer groups (e.g., young children or the elderly) and improved as needed, for example, by replacing conventional ingredients with new and more valuable ingredients.
The aim of this project is to break new ground in the production of the described class of high value food and feed products by allowing flexibility in ingredient selection and fractions, while maintaining product quality at a controllable high level and ensuring production efficiency. This is very difficult to achieve with the existing reference process, which consists of spray drying followed by post-treatment in an otherwise inactive fluidized bed and finally dry blending of different powders (Figure 1).
Figure 1: Reference process (left) and concept of the novel, single-stage manufacturing process (right).
The objectives of this project are:
- Fundamental renewal of the reference process by linking the morphology and surface properties of particles produced by spray drying with the mixing performance and uniformity of the product;
- Extension of the reference process by taking over particle formulation tasks in a spray fluidized bed for powder agglomeration (hybrid processes);
- Replacing the reference process with a novel, single-stage manufacturing technology that combines spray drying with spray agglomeration, granulation or encapsulation (Figure 1).
The work packages taken over by Glatt Ingenieurtechnik focus mainly on the elaboration of the hybrid processes and the development of the novel, single-stage manufacturing technology.
The consortium consists of two national partners of the WIGRATEC cluster:
- Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
- Glatt Ingenieurtechnik GmbH
and two international partners from the Netherlands:
- Nestlé Netherlands
The project “ADMIX” is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF, as part of the funding program “InterSpin – Internationalization of Leading-Edge Clusters, Future Projects and Comparable Networks“.
Funding period: 01.04.2019 – 31.07.2022
Glatt funding reference: 03INT609BB
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