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A methodology to assess the suitability of food processing technologies for distributed localised manufacturing

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posted on 20.06.2019, 13:46 by Pedro Gimenez Escalante, Shahin Rahimifard
Food processing technology research and development activities have historically been driven by large-scale manufacture upscaling drivers to profit from economies of scale. Increasing demand for high-quality food with pioneering texture profiles, consumer needs for personalised products impacting product formulation (i.e., fat, sugar and micronutrient content), and constrained availability of ingredients and resources are pressuring industrialists to utilise alternative technologies to enable a more sustainable food supply. Distributed and localised food manufacturing (DLM) has been identified as a promising strategy towards future sustainable systems with technology representing one of its cornerstones. Innovative methods and tools to support the selection of the best alternative technologies for DLM are required. This paper provides an overview of food processing technologies and includes a novel classification created to support future assessments. A novel qualitative assessment method encompassing multiple criteria to understand specific food technologies suitability for future DLM systems is presented. Finally, research benefits are explored through the application of the assessment method to several selected technologies with promising potential in future food manufacturing. The results demonstrate that this methodological approach can assist in the adoption of DLM food systems through the selection of the best technologies integrating individual manufacturer requirements.

Funding

This work was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council [grant number EP/K030957/1], the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Food.

History

School

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Published in

Sustainability

Volume

11

Issue

12

Citation

GIMENEZ ESCALANTE, P. and RAHIMIFARD, S., 2019. A methodology to assess the suitability of food processing technologies for distributed localised manufacturing. Sustainability, 11(12): 3383.

Publisher

MDPI AG (© the authors)

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Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ by/4.0/

Acceptance date

14/06/2019

Publication date

2019-06-19

Copyright date

2019

Notes

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by MDPI under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

ISSN

2071-1050

Language

en