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Enhancing the quality attributes of processed honey and avoiding its crystallisation by the application of a non-thermal treatment process

Objective

Crystallised honey is granular, opaque and highly viscous. Crystallisation is a natural phenomenon, and usually takes place within a few weeks after extracting the honey from the honeycomb: however most consumers prefer clear liquid honey. Crystallization arises due to the presence of glucose micro-crystals and air bubbles in the honey. Commercial honey processing currently uses pasteurisation equipment (often with a vacuum applied) to flash-heat the honey to dissolve the micro-crystals and remove air bubbles, and thus delay crystallisation to 12 months post-processing. However, pasteurisation heats the honey to around 80C, which degrades the heat sensitive components of honey: primarily the diastase and invertase enzymes, and also raises HMF content (a honey quality parameter, subject to international standard limits). To address the needs identified by project SME-AGs, the TOPHONEY project will develop a novel honey processing system, based on the use of high-power ultrasound, as non-thermal alternative, to delay the onset of crystallisation, whilst preserving the natural quality attributes of the unprocessed honey. SME-AG members plan to exploit these benefits to sell their honey at a premium price, and also overcome yield limitations of vacuum pasteurisation methods.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-2
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

FISA IBERICA SL
Address
Dels Fargaires 2B
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles- Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 233 860,96
Administrative Contact
Joan Bosch Graells (Mr.)

Participants (9)

ASOCIACION CULTURAL VALLE DE HISTORIA Y MIEL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 270 628,38
Address
Plaza Diputacion Provincial 1-1
46620 Ayora
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Mº Teresa Pastor Hernandez (Ms.)
NATIONAL BEE BRANCH ASSOCIATION
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 209 073,70
Address
Sq 1 Macedonia Office 3
1000 Sofia
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Plamen Ivanov (Mr.)
Federacao Nacional dos Apicultores de Portugal
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 210 144,70
Address
Av. Do Colégio Militar, Lote 1786
1549-012 LISBOA Lisboa
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Joao Diogo Guanilho De Freitas Casaca (Mr.)
Sociedad Cooperativa Apicola de Espana
Spain
EU contribution
€ 203 100,10
Address
Poligono Industrial San Anton
46620 Ayora
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Felix Campos (Mr.)
SYNE scrl
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 193 852,90
Address
Lomré 10 Bis
6674 Montleban
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
José Syne (Mr.)
T3 ENGINEERING BV*T3
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 228 297,87
Address
Willem De Vries Robbeweg 3
4206 AK Gorinchem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gert Huisman (Mr.)
NTRAM GENERAL S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 30 004,80
Address
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Irene Larroy (Ms.)
NPL MANAGEMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 21 453,43
Address
Hampton Road Teddington
TW11 0LW Middlesex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paula Goodwin (Ms.)
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 7 332
Address
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kalliopi Nakou (Ms.)