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The Application of Edible Seaweed for Taste Enhancement and Salt Replacement

Objective

"The main objective of the TASTE project is to develop flavour ingredients from edible seaweeds (Ascophyllum nodosum, Saccharina latissima, and Fucus vesiculosus) with the potential to replace sodium in food products. This can be done through two options, namely flavour enhancing properties or mineral content.
Health authorities worldwide have recommended reducing salt in processed foods in order to reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Salt, i.e. sodium chloride, is a recognised flavour potentiator. Thus, the reduction of salt in food leads to reduced flavour besides a lack of salty taste. Seaweeds have a naturally salty taste being abundant in minerals like potassium, magnesium besides sodium. This salty taste improves the flavour profile of foodstuffs. In addition, some seaweeds contain a range of potential flavour components that can naturally enhance the flavour of the food. Mild processing can release potential flavour components like proteins, amino acids and reducing sugars. In particular, the proteinaceous compounds that are present in the seaweeds may be responsible for enhancing flavour characteristics (e.g. umami, meaty and roasted) in addition to providing textural mouth feel.
The aim of the project is therefore to produce flavour-active building blocks from seaweeds by applying suitable processing and to develop flavour ingredients with these for application in different salt-reduced foods. By doing so, this project offers innovative processing solutions, new healthy flavour ingredients and novel approaches to meeting salt reduction targets to a group of SMEs in the food sector.
This consortium is well positioned to implement the project according to its objective. Successful development of different flavour ingredients, with the properties to replace sodium in food products, will have a great impact on strengthening the current market status of the SME partners, resulting in growth in income and employment."

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/amines
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/employment

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

MATIS OHF
Address
Vinlandsleid 12
113 Reykjavik
Iceland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 39 000
Administrative Contact
Oddur Már Gunnarsson (Mr.)

Participants (7)

CYBERCOLLOIDS LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 283 500
Address
Strandhaven
CORK Carrigaline
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Angie Trius (Dr.)
PROKAZYME EHF
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 191 000
Address
Vinlandsleio 14
113 Reykjavik
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jakob Kristjánsson (Dr.)
SCHEID AG & CO KG GESCHMACK UND TECHNOLOGIE FUR DIE LEBENSMITTELHERSTELLUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 233 500
Address
Clasenweg 6 9
66802 Uberherrn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dieter Scheid (Dr.)
ALEOR SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 177 250
Address
Rue Du Moulin A Mer 3Bis
22740 Lezardrieux
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Olivier Bourtouralt (Dr.)
FRUTAROM ETOL TOVARNA AROM IN ETERICNIH OLJ DOO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 81 500
Address
Skofja Vas 39
3211 Skofja Vas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Reiner Daiminger (Dr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 3 000
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)
CALAF NUANCES S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 157 250
Address
Calle Isaac Newton - Poligono Industrial 4B
08280 Calaf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anguera Antònia (Ms.)