Welcome one more day to our Amerex Blog! This post makes us feel very proud since it is the result of a constant and thorough work. We summarize all our thoughts provided for the personalized service we make for you. Today we present the Method Innovation Amerex, or MIA, as a performed map that looks upon the peculiarities and identities of each company. Let’s see what is it like!

For the past several years, Amerex has prioritized the R&D field to stay at the technological forefront and to grow more and more. An important event for us in 2019 was to furnish our pilot plant with exclusive equipment.

After a lot of research and thanks to our own experience during the process, we want to highlight the importance of optimizing everything. According to this, we have developed a mechanism for implementing the latest innovations in our formulas with the application on every one of the interested manufacturing plants. This is the new MIA.

What do we want to achieve with the implementation of the MIA? We want to achieve a 100% personalized and closer assistance, aimed at relating the concepts test and product launch as synonyms and maximising the chances of success throughout a close collaboration.

How are we achieving it? First, it is essential to define all the vocabulary in the proper way: Test, Assay and Sample. A conceptual route of them and their relationship would be the following, but maybe it would be interesting for you to know more about it.

Correlation between the concepts test, sample and assay, from the need for a product that involves testing with a plan and sample management, to the establishment of the product on the market after the validation process.

Which concepts do we consider essential for the correct development of the MIA?

  • Previous work → to establish, as we have said before, an objective and a plan before starting.
  • Sending samples → they are only sent after the study if meeting certain requirements.
  • Communication → the need for communication amongst different channels is summed up through a shared document between Amerex and the client.
  • Analysis of the results → Amerex will always be involved in the analysis of the results as a greater guarantee of making the test profitable and ensuring the same.

The implementation of the MIA means that with half the assays required in each test, less time is needed to validate a product and also 30% of the products are validated. Without this method, this means one out of ten times.

In this image you can see a comparison of an average validation of a product in the industry, compared to a validation using the Amerex Method

Moreover, the ultimate goal is to achieve commercial success in the market, a Top Sales. The previous work of guiding the test, together with a bigger flow of developments, boosts the chances of achieving this success by 40%.

So far, it is clear that we save time and ensure better results. However, what about the costs?

Let’s see an example simulating the costs of an average company from the food industry, where the average investment for tests, including labour costs, may be around 30,000 euros. If the number of trials is split in half, as noticed before, then the costs will be only 15,000 euros.

The fact that 30% of the products are validated and a 40% more chances for them to became a Top Sales, makes it plausible to increase the turnover in 15%, 350,000 euros in this case.

In addition, we have checked that the returns fall by 1%, which constitutes about 22,000 euros of savings. In an average Fermitrat®, about 20,000 euros are invested per year. It pays for itself, it is profitable.

We believe that this text may seem just like empty words, but there is so much more. We are at your disposal for checking out other examples or scenarios, providing specific information about the method itself or a personalized assistance for your particular case.

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Hello again and welcome to a new Blog post. For one more year, we have participated in a meeting to share our knowledge with the students of the Master in Innovation and Management in the Food Industry, taught at the University of Lleida. Here is the whole experience!

The conference was impeccable thanks to this centre where we always feel like home whenever they invite us to share our experience and our thoughts about today’s industry.

For many years Luciano and Alejandro, Amerex’s technical experts, dealt with some topics such as the application of starters in the meat industry, but this year the rest of the food industries were presented with a special emphasis.

Other industries in the food sector: dairy, fish, ready meals, sauces, vegans and vegetables and bakery

As we have already mentioned in other occasions, starter or ripening cultures are commonly used for a traditional purpose, which is to actively intervening in the creation of organoleptic properties of the final product during the manufacturing of fermented foods. This is performed through the production of acid and enzymes, as well as ensuring sanitary quality.

Particularly, preservative cultures increase shelf-life and safety of the final product, so they can last longer. Let’s see some examples!

Comparison of fresh loin with a chemical additive vs. Fermitrat Export, an Amerex's natural solution. The loin with the chemical additive has a considerably worse appearance due to gas formation, exudate, weak texture and yeast colonies

In the meat sector, we can see a comparison between two cooked loins, one of them injected with a common chemical additive while the other has been injected with one of our preservatives. The results of adding a preservative are remarkable and profitable, thanks to their capacity to control factors that negatively affect the final product, both microbiological and organoleptic.

Comparison between spanish omelettes with and without Fermitrat Export, an Amerex's natural solution. The omelette with the preservative has a better appearance

In the case of these two spanish omelettes subjected to high temperature conditions up to 33ºC, we can also see the difference between adding a preservative or not. Both organoleptic (gas generation, texture) and microbiological (analysis of total mesophilic and enterobacteria) results were worse in the spanish omelette without the preservative.

Comparison between fresh salmon with and without Fermitrat Export, an Amerex's natural solution. Salmon without the preservative has a completely discarded texture, and a greater liquid formation

Alternatively, in these salmon pieces, with and without preservative. Above all we can observe the liquid formation and texture. It can be stated then that the addition of a preservative clearly provides an advantage at least in an organoleptic level in this matrix.

What will be next? Our Pilot Plant is already preparing to carry out further trials in other applications. This year, the two top products in terms of preservatives that had not been tested so far are salmon and sauces for vegetable matrixes. Stay tuned, because we will continue reporting!

Image showing new applications of preservatives in different industries of the food sector, such as fish or ready meals

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Phone number: +34 91 845 42 14

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