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SusOrganic - Development of quality standards and optimised processing methods for organic produce

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{Project} SusOrganic - Development of quality standards and optimised processing methods for organic produce. Runs 2015 - 2017. Project Leader(s): Sturm, Dr. Barbara; Bantle, Dr. Michael; Esper, Dr. Albert; Gebresenbet, Dr. Grima; Badulescu, Dr. Liliana; Pittia, Dr. Paola and Massantini, Dr. Riccardo.

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Production of processed organic food is mostly carried out by SMEs who are currently facing a double challenge. Consumer awareness and legal standards require high quality as a precondition for successful marketing but there is a lack of corresponding knowledge leading to significant quality losses and up to 40% of raw material loss. At the same time, competition enforces strict control of related costs, however production currently is unnecessarily energy intensive. Drying, for example, is responsible for 15% of the overall global energy demand of developed countries and efficiency in food drying can be as low as 10% with 35-45% being the average, revealing an important potential for improving both economic and ecologic performance.
In practice, resource efficiency and product quality are often seen as antagonists. SusOrganic, as an integrated research project, will develop technical solutions, standard operation procedures and guidelines leading to increased product quality that is reliably achieved whilst reducing resource consumption with respect to raw materials and energy.
Inclusion of leading food scientists, process-, mechanical and control engineers, agriculturalists and a retailer from Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Europe will assure all aspects relevant for the development of quality standards, process optimisation and resource efficiency are adequately addressed and the relevance of the project across the EU and beyond is assured.
SusOrganic will provide the organic sector with: (a) quality standards for dried and cooled/frozen products; (b) processing guidelines for increased product quality; (c) increased process efficiency and reduction of specific resource demands through improved processing, heat recovery and implementation of Renewable Energy Sources (RES); (d) reduction of direct waste by utilising produce rejected by the fresh produce market (e) sound database and Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) for at least 4 products (drying and freezing) which will help bench mark production.


EPrint Type:Project description
Part or Full Programme:Full programme
Keywords:Core Organic Plus, SusOrganic
Subjects: Food systems > Processing, packaging and transportation
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic Plus > SusOrganic
Germany > University of Kassel > Department of Agricultural Engineering and Agricultural Engineering in the Tropics and Subtropics
Italy > Univ. Tuscia
Italy > Univ. Teramo
Norway > SINTEF
Romania > USAMV - Univ. of Agron. Sciences and Vet. Medicine
Sweden > Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
Germany > Other organizations
Research funders: European Union > CORE Organic Plus
European Union > CORE Organic Plus > SusOrganic
European Union
Start Date:1 March 2015
End Date:28 February 2017
Deposited By: Retz, Dr. Stefanie
ID Code:28844
Deposited On:25 Mar 2020 07:58
Last Modified:25 Mar 2020 07:58
Document Language:English
Status:Unpublished

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