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

Objetivo

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.

Convocatoria de propuestas

FP7-SME-2008-2
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Coordinador

FISA IBERICA SL
Dirección
Dels Fargaires 2B
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles- Barcelona
España

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Joan Bosch Graells (Mr.)
Aportación de la UE
€ 233 860,96

Participantes (9)

ASOCIACION CULTURAL VALLE DE HISTORIA Y MIEL
España
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€ 270 628,38
Dirección
Plaza Diputacion Provincial 1-1
46620 Ayora

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Other
Contacto administrativo
Mº Teresa Pastor Hernandez (Ms.)
NATIONAL BEE BRANCH ASSOCIATION
Bulgaria
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€ 209 073,70
Dirección
Sq 1 Macedonia Office 3
1000 Sofia

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Plamen Ivanov (Mr.)
Federacao Nacional dos Apicultores de Portugal
Portugal
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€ 210 144,70
Dirección
Av. Do Colégio Militar, Lote 1786
1549-012 LISBOA Lisboa

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Contacto administrativo
Joao Diogo Guanilho De Freitas Casaca (Mr.)
Sociedad Cooperativa Apicola de Espana
España
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€ 203 100,10
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Poligono Industrial San Anton
46620 Ayora

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Felix Campos (Mr.)
SYNE scrl
Bélgica
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€ 193 852,90
Dirección
Lomré 10 Bis
6674 Montleban

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José Syne (Mr.)
T3 ENGINEERING BV*T3
Países Bajos
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€ 228 297,87
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Willem De Vries Robbeweg 3
4206 AK Gorinchem

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Gert Huisman (Mr.)
ATEKNEA SOLUTIONS CATALONIA, SA
España
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€ 30 004,80
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Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona

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Irene Larroy (Ms.)
NPL MANAGEMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
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€ 21 453,43
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Hampton Road Teddington
TW11 0LW Middlesex

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Paula Goodwin (Ms.)
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Grecia
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€ 7 332
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Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki

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Kalliopi Nakou (Ms.)