How Can You Implement Innovations in the Food Industry?

Nowadays, the term “innovation” is increasingly used in all science fields. It has been developed into a trendy word that is referred whenever discussions focus on forthcoming developments or future perspectives. Nevertheless, despite its frequent usage, innovation is neither easy to specify and nor to identify. What does innovation truly represents? It is a new…

Is Olive a Medicine?

Olive oil, the product of olive fruit extraction, is the pillar of Mediterranean diet and its consumption is well known to provide multiple benefits to our health (e.g. for the cardiovascular system). Olive oil is nowadays highlighted and marketed as a “superfood” for human health not only due to its lipid profile (e.g. high oleic…

What is the Difference Between Bioavailability Bioaccessibility and Bioactivity of Food Components?

The preparation of foods fortified with functional components requires integration of diverse aspects under evaluation. These include selecting of the appropriate source, detecting the bioactive compounds, applying separation and recovery techniques, performing toxicological assessments and finally making stability, activity and bioaccessibility measurements. At this point, it is important to define carefully the terms “bioavailability”, “bioaccessibility”…

The trend of polyphenols

In the past 10 years, the growing interest of consumers has arised to a number of “superfoods”, which has been motivated by their high content of “polyphenols”. These compounds constitute a heterogeneous group of molecules which differentiate according to their chemical structure. Polyphenols is a collective term for several sub-groups of compounds, but the use…

Coffee Processing By-Products: Legislative frameworks and policy recommendations

Sustainability is a dynamic process in which long-term environmental, social, and economical requirements should be fulfilled by an integrated way without compromising the capacity of future generations to meet their own needs. The wastes produced along the coffee chain in both producing and importer countries are undoubtedly a source of contamination and a serious environmental…

Sustainable Management of Olive Mill Wastewater: Treatment or Valorisation?

Olive oil is obtained from olive fruit by mechanical procedures, whereas its production involves one of the following extraction processes: i) discontinuous (press) extraction, ii) 3-phase centrifugal extraction or iii) 2-phase centrifugal extraction. Each of these processes generates in different forms and compositions. The traditional olive pressing and the three phases continuous systems produce three…

Factors affecting the bioaccessibility and bioavailability of bioactive compounds

Bioactive compounds are found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. They include an extremely heterogeneous class of compounds (polyphenolic compounds, carotenoids, tocopherols, phytosterols and organosulfur compounds) with different chemical structures (hydrophilic or lipophilic), distribution in nature (specific to vegetable species or ubiquitous), range of concentrations both in foods and in the human body, possible site…

Food Waste Recovery: Time for Industrial Implementation

Until the end of the 20th century, disposal of food wastes was not considered as a matter of concern. Particularly, increase of food production without improving the efficiency of the food systems was the prevalent policy. This consideration increased generation of wasted food along supply chains. In the 21th century, escalating demands for processed foods…

The Distance Between Food Waste and Food By-Products Is Connected by a Road Called Recovery

Definitions of “food waste” & “food loss” Food supply chains begin from the primary agricultural phase, proceed with manufacturing and retail, and end with household consumption. During this life cycle, food is lost or wasted because of technological, economic and/or societal reasons. The definitions of “food waste” and “food loss”within the supply chain have been…