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Innovative natural food preservatives

In January, the Council of Ministers approved a draft Law on the Prevention of Food Losses and Waste. The law makes it compulsory for all actors in the food chain to have a loss and waste prevention plan, prioritising human consumption through food donation or redistribution.

The aim is to achieve a 50% reduction in food waste per capita at retail and consumer level, and a 20% reduction in food losses along the production and supply chains by 2030. This has triggered a very deep movement and awareness among retailers and manufacturers on how to avoid and manage their surplus, which corresponds to 1-2% of their annual turnover.

What can food and ingredient manufacturers do to reduce waste and encourage better use? The importance of food preservation and safety is particularly relevant here, with natural preservatives being the future of the world’s food supply. Food with a longer shelf life and which is microbiologically safe will help to avoid food waste.

Natural food preservatives are substances derived from natural sources, such as plants, herbs, spices or microorganisms, which are used to prolong the shelf life of food.

These preservatives are a more sustainable and healthier alternative to synthetic additives, as they do not contain artificial chemicals or ingredients that are harmful to health. Regulation is becoming increasingly stringent in terms of the dosage and use of such chemical additives. In France, for example, legislation was recently amended to reduce the application rates of nitrites in some foods. Natural preservatives are therefore the future of food preservation.

There are numerous examples of natural preservatives used in the food industry.

Some of them are well known and include rosemary extract, vinegar, essential oils, vitamin E (tocopherol), among others. However, we already see among them one example that has recently been included as a food additive, listed in the legislation as E-267, such as fermented vinegar.

Microorganisms are another source of natural preservatives, and thanks to new technologies such as biotechnology, the use of microorganisms such as lactic acid bacteria and thanks to protective fermentation, we can obtain new preservation strategies.

These preservatives not only help to preserve the freshness and quality of food, but can also provide additional health benefits.

Natural food preservatives

Protective fermentation is a natural process in which beneficial microorganisms, such as lactic acid bacteria or yeasts, are used to ferment foods and create a hostile environment for the growth of undesirable microorganisms, such as pathogenic bacteria. This process not only helps preserve food, but can also improve its taste, texture and nutritional value.

Bio-based natural preservatives often take advantage of the principles of protective fermentation to provide natural and effective food preservation.

Natural food preservatives are increasingly available on the market. It is important to look for reliable suppliers that offer high quality, certified organic products if possible. At Amerex, we have specialised in biotechnology-based natural preservatives for over 40 years and offer a wide range of products designed to meet the needs of the food industry.

Thanks to our natural preservatives, you can extend the shelf life of your food while maintaining optimum organoleptic and safety properties and avoiding food waste. Some of our best-selling products are part of the Biamex range, where we have specialists against listeria, for example, or more general products such as Biamex SP, for the complete preservation of food.

In short, natural food preservatives are an excellent option for those looking for a healthier and more sustainable alternative to synthetic additives. Harnessing the principles of protective fermentation and using biotechnology-based natural preservatives can help ensure food safety and quality, while promoting sustainability and overall wellbeing. Do not hesitate to contact us if you want to know more!

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ALTERNATIVE TO POTASSIUM SORBATE AS A FOOD PRESERVATIVE IN SAUCES

Refrigerated sauces are a delicious addition to a wide variety of dishes, from salads to fast foods and snacks. These foods offer great convenience and taste, but also pose challenges in terms of shelf life and food safety due to the pathogenic microorganisms that thrive in them.

In this blog, we will explore the types of refrigerated sauces along with the microbiological problems they face and the most common pathogenic microorganisms, potassium sorbate as a food preservative (it is one of the most commonly used chemical food preservatives) and finally, a clean label alternative to these chemical food preservatives currently on the market.

What types of refrigerated sauces are there?

There are many types of refrigerated sauces that can be found in a wide variety of flavours and textures. Some common examples include mayonnaise sauce, mustard sauce, guacamole and many others. These sauces are popular because of their freshness and taste, but that same freshness also makes them susceptible to the growth of microorganisms.

We could classify the types of sauces according to the processes they have undergone:

  • Fresh
  • HPP
  • Pasteurised

Each of them suffers from a specific shelf-life problem, the freshest sauces spoil in a short time and are more vulnerable to pathogenic microorganisms, while the most treated products (HPP or pasteurised) lose their organoleptic freshness over time, which is why different food preservatives are used.

What are the microbiological problems with refrigerated sauces?

Refrigerated sauces, which include classics such as mayonnaise and guacamole sauce, face similar microbiological problems. These sauces often contain fresh ingredients such as avocado, tomato or onion that may be contaminated with pathogenic microorganisms such as Salmonella or E. coli. Cross-contamination is a real risk during the handling and preparation of these ingredients, increasing the risk of foodborne illness. In addition, the high moisture and water content in these sauces provides a favourable environment for the growth of moulds and yeasts.

This can lead to problems such as the proliferation of harmful microorganisms, affecting both food safety and product quality, necessitating the use of food preservatives such as potassium sorbate by manufacturers to ensure product safety.

What are the microbiological problems with guacamole sauce?

In particular, guacamole sauce presents a specific set of challenges.

– Discolouration and browning: Guacamole is prone to discolouration and browning due to oxidation of the avocado components. While this is not a microbiological problem in the food safety sense, it can negatively affect the quality and appearance of the product.

Mould and bacterial growth: The high humidity and water content in guacamole sauce provides an environment conducive to bacterial and mould growth. Microorganisms such as Listeria, Salmonella and E. coli can proliferate if the sauce is not kept at the proper temperature and stored for long periods.

Texture and Consistency: Unwanted microorganisms can affect the texture and consistency of guacamole sauce, causing it to become runny or take on an unpleasant texture. This can lead to consumer dissatisfaction.

What chemical preservatives are used in refrigerated sauces?

To combat these microbiological problems, the industry has traditionally relied on chemical food preservatives. These chemical preservatives can include potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate and other ingredients that extend the shelf life of refrigerated sauces. While these food preservatives have been effective, some consumers are concerned about their impact on health and prefer to avoid chemical additives.

These food preservatives can be identified on food labels by the following numbers:

  • E202 Potassium sorbate – is a derivative of sorbic acid (E200).
  • E211 Sodium benzoate – is obtained industrially by reaction of sodium hydroxide (E254) and benzoic acid (E210).

What Clean Label alternatives to potassium sorbate are available for refrigerated sauces?

There are clean label alternatives to potassium sorbate to combat these microbiological problems in sauces.

Amerex offers a natural alternative to potassium sorbate called Biamex YM or Biamex Aroma Global, a biotechnology-based natural preservative. This product is particularly effective in the fight against moulds and yeasts, two of the main microbiological challenges in refrigerated sauces and in guacamole sauce in particular. Biamex is not only a safe and effective option, but also meets the demands of consumers concerned about the absence of chemical preservatives in food. This makes it a truly clean label alternative also for manufacturers looking to remove E numbers such as potassium sorbate from their food labels, while maintaining food safety.

In summary, both refrigerated sauces and guacamole sauce are delicious and very common in gastronomy, but their microbiological problems can affect both food safety and quality. Instead of resorting to chemical food preservatives, Amerex’s alternative to potassium sorbate, Biamex YM or Biamex Aroma Global, offers a natural and effective clean label option to combat these problems, while ensuring the satisfaction of both consumers and food producers.

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Alimentaria Foodtech 2023 is officially underway! Don’t miss out on the recent developments in food safety

From today, Tuesday 26th September, the Amerex sales team will be present with its own stand at the Alimentaria Foodtech trade fair which will take place in Barcelona until Friday 29th September.


Alimentaria Foodtech is a fair of ingredients, machinery and technology, which has participants from all over the world and where the most recent developments in the industry are presented. This space is a meeting point for the most relevant companies in the sector.


The fair will be held at Fira Barcelona, in Hall 2. Visiting hours for each day are:

  • Tuesday 26 to Thursday 28 September from 9.30am to 6.30pm
  • Friday 29 September from 9.30am to 4pm.

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You can find us at stand A 264, where we will be presenting this year’s fresh updates, result of the research projects we are part of.


You will also be able to find one of our latest products in the Ingrenova space, where the most innovative Intermediate Food Products (IFP) will be presented.


Here are some photos of the stand so you can find us better!

If you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.


We look forward to hearing from you!


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R&D BOOST – AMEREX IN THE UP4HEALTH PROJECT

BBI, Bio-based Industries Consortium, and H2020 logos related to the Up4Health innovation project

This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 888003. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Bio Based Industries Consortium”

Hello everyone and welcome once again to our Blog. Today we are thrilled to announce our participation in a European project within the Horizon 2020 financing program! We would like to share the main highlights of this innovative, stimulating venture which is sure to give you inspiration and feasible ideas to apply in your own business…

Essentially, the European Up4Health project is based on the utilization of biomass generated in various processes in diverse industries such as wineries, oil mills and nut processing plants. The functional ingredients derived from these have multiple applications in various other industries like food, nutraceutical and cosmetics.

Within the scope of Up4health, besides making use of these residual, bioactive compound rich raw materials from the food sector, it also optimizes the value chain of productive industries by achieving the goal of ‘zero waste’-thus making the project highly sustainable, as well as innovative.

The aforementioned functional ingredients are the following: natural fruit water rich in polyphenols, dietary fiber rich in polyphenols, natural oily fruit extracts and prebiotic xylooligosaccharides. The applications in which these bioactive compounds can be used range from functional foods, such as meat products, healthy snack bars, soft foods for the elderly, drinkable solutions in the form of gel, olive oil, natural drinks, yogurt, to nutraceuticals supplements and even cosmetics.

Over the next 48 months, we will collaborate with nine organizations from five different countries to carry out this project successfully.

So, what specific role does Amerex play in Up4health? We will be conducting trials using certain polyphenols extracted from olive and grape fiber flour, with the aim of delaying the oxidative processes and thus increasing the shelf-life of the final products in food industry.

Ultimately, the main objectives are going to be: on one hand, maintaining the colour, avoiding oxidation and thus prolonging the shelf-life of the product. On the other hand, enhancing the food safety of the product which may be affected by the growth of spoilage microorganisms.

And how do we set about this task? In the initial phase, the necessary requirements for the functional ingredients such as sensory profile, microbiological safety and physical properties will be determined in order to fulfill the desired outcome, in line with the end consumer’s needs.

The role of Amerex alongside other partnering companies is to make sure that these requirements are well defined, as this will be the main determinant for the success of the project. We will execute this, headed by the UNIVERSITY OF VIGO, who will make certain that the appropriate biomass requirements and objectives are met owing to this collaboration.

We would like to greatly express our gratitude to ISANATUR SPAIN S.L. for trusting us with this amazing opportunity, and also to CONTACTICA S.L., for making this project possible.

We are eager to keep you updated in this matter, and hope it to be very soon. In the meantime…

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THE IMPORTANCE OF LABELLING THINGS AS THEY ARE

Welcome again to Amerex’s Blog!

We have already entered February and it seems like a very busy month, on which we keep receiving many updates from the food industry. Some of them are very inspiring to begin a new season of our wonderful Blog. Let’s check it out!

Year 2020 welcomed us with a new law set up by the USA that forbids vegan and vegetarian companies to label ‘meat’, in the full sense of the word, to products that seem like it. This law, which is called The Real MEAT Act (The Real Marketing Edible Artificials Thruthfully Act of 2019), establishes the definitions for ‘beef’ and ‘beef product’ and require the imitation products to contain the word ‘imitation’ immediately before or after the name. These terms are found to ensure that there is no misunderstanding for the consumer, so they know that the food they eat does not contain meat at all.

The Real MEAT law defines "beef" or "beef product" as any food containing edible meat tissue from domesticated Bos indicus or Bos taurus cattle

The law defines with the term ‘imitation meat food product’ as any product manufactured to appear as a meat food product or any food product, which approximates the aesthetic qualities (primarily texture, flavour and appearance) and/or chemical characteristics, but does not contain any meat, meat food product, or meat by-product ingredients. In addition, it defines the terms ‘imitation meat food product’ and ‘imitation meat by-product’, so that it leaves no room for doubt for the vegetable product companies.

This law has been brought up as a result of the general discontent regarding this matter for a long time. Not only regarding meat products and its by-products, but also with the so-called vegetable ‘milk’.

According to the trends we have been exploring for the last several years for alternatives to the traditional products, vegetable beverages have increased and become highly important. From the beginning, the preferred term was vegetable ‘milks’: soya milk, almond milk, coconut milk…

This matter brought about a very interesting discussion as in the meat industry, that these beverages cannot nutritionally replace original cow’s milk, nor does their components or its nutritional content. Therefore, one cannot substitute the other under any circumstances.

What does the law state? According to the current legislation (Council Regulation (EC) nº 1234/2007), ‘The term ‘milk’ means exclusively the normal mammary secretion obtained from one or more milkings without either addition thereto or extraction therefrom’. However, this shall not apply ‘to the designation of products the exact nature of which is clear from traditional usage and/or when the designations are clearly used to describe a characteristic quality of the product’. The last statement refers to a list of products that appear in the Commission Decision of 20 December 2010, on which almond milk is found to be the only vegetable beverage that can be labelled under this term.

We have already explained the law statements according to the nomenclature of meat products. Nevertheless, what are the consequences of it? These products do not apply to the same food safety and labelling standards as beef. Even though they are named after it, it is true that the ingredient’s legislation is not under control and therefore any additive may be added in their formulations. In other words, companies take advantage of very good marketing, making it look like meat, and what’s more, rules for additives are completely different. Besides, it is important to mention the analytics and inspections carried out in the meat industry, for example with Listeria or other pathogenic microorganisms, which are very strict. These are not so well defined in this type of products.

Then, what should we do? For now, this is the situation and that means for many companies to search for solutions for enhancing shelf-life and safety, such as the ones we provide at Amerex. Our technology is based on microorganisms that fit any nomenclatures and legislations, for every final product. And why are we so certain? Because we know that manufacturers have healthy foods on the market with consumer-oriented labels and Amerex as their provider of natural safety solutions.

Would you like to know more? Contact us and we will help you with everything you need.

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LISTERIA: A NEW CASE STUDY, IN A DIFFERENT BATTLEFIELD

Dairy industry

Hello everyone and welcome again to our Amerex Blog!

As we have mentioned in our previous Blog posts, Listeria monocytogenes, a common bacteria found in the food industry as well as the disease it causes -listeriosis-, are back in the spotlight. As per the information gathered in the last few months, even though it is related to the meat industry, it poses a threat to many other sectors as well.

Therefore, the objective of this Blog post is to ensure that everyone is conscious of another battlefield when it comes to Listeria: dairy industry. Specifically, and as a case study, we would like to explain a very interesting situation that happened at Amerex. Let’s have a look!

Feta cheese is a Greek origin cheese made mainly from goat milk. It is considered a “ready-to-eat meal” by the AESAN as it doesn’t require any cooking or processing to reduce or eliminate the presence of Listeria monocytogenes to bring it within the acceptable range. This is the main reason behind the prevalence of this type of bacteria in this cheese. Furthermore, according to integrated mathematical models in ComBase, an online tool created by a collaboration between Tasmania University and the USDA-ARS for quantitative food microbiology, feta cheese is classified as a food where the growth of Listeria monocytogenes is possible due to its pH, aW and lactic-acid concentration.

Feta cheese, a food where the growth of Listeria monocytogenes is possible

Nevertheless, numerous research papers published in major scientific journals proved that feta cheese, in particular, prevents the development of this family of bacteria and, in addition, leads to a progressive inactivation of microorganisms. These researches fool the industry into believing that feta cheese meets the necessary food safety requirements of food safety for Listeria monocytogenes for its entire shelf-life, however, it is important to bear in mind the significance of the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP), such as: contamination level of raw materials, specific processing conditions, etc… All of these are included in the barriers we discussed in the previous post from our Blog.

In fact, these HACCP guidelines contradict the information in the aforementioned scientific journals. The moment any raw material, mainly pasteurized milk, is contaminated during fermentation, it provides ideal conditions for the proliferation of the infectious agent within the first two days. Considering this growth, under certain circumstances, some strains of Listeria monocytogenes can survive a standard pasteurization process; this could be a cause of alarm for human health safety.

It should be noted that the low temperature and low pH conditions during storage provide an ideal environment for the stabilization of the bacteria in high concentrations. In addition, even in temperatures starting 1.7 ºC and above, it cannot be guaranteed that the cheese is free of pathogens. In addition, the regulation parameters specify that, in order to prove that Listeria monocytogenes does not grow in a product, it would have to meet one of the following requirements: pH≤4.4, or aW≤0.92, or a combination of both parameters: pH≤5.0 and aW≤0.94.

Since feta cheese has a pH of 4.4-4.6 and aW of 0.94-0.95, it barely fits within these parameters and it is likely to exceed in some batches. Therefore, taking into account the temperature mentioned above, we could be facing potential threats.

Following this explanation and the previous post from our blog, it is key to try to manufacture a 100% safe food item. It is clear that there is no single formula for achieving this level of absolute safety. However, the more barriers between the pathogen and our product, the better.

This is a problem that affects not only meat and dairy industry, but also other sectors of the food industry that are normally considered exempt for this threat.

There is always something to be done for improving safety. We invite you to share your own concerns, whatever industry you belong to, and we will provide personalized assistance to boost your confidence regarding the launch of products.

Here at Amerex we design our preservatives with specialized technology and are constantly developing our know-how, to achieve one of our main objectives: building a set of barriers that are unbreakable for any harmful microorganism.

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FOOD SAFETY, WHAT CAN WE DO TO FIGHT BACTERIAL THREAT?

Listeria monocytogenes

Welcome again to our blog as we say goodbye to summer! In today’s Blog, we will discuss one of the hottest issues in food industry at present-ensuring food safety against Listeria.

At Amerex, we are always on the lookout for important issues that concern major sectors of the food industry. Particularly, in recent months, various health problems caused by Listeria monocytogenes have surged, so let’s look into this in detail to find out more. For example, heat is not a deterrent to the growth of this bacteria, many products that are manufactured using various heat treatments, like fermented sausage (“chorizo”), cooked blood sausage (“morcilla”), roasted meat (“carne mechada”), or any other product strongly treated by heat, might still be affected by the growth of Listeria. There is a common tendency to rely these heat treatments followed by the refrigeration processes to eliminate the presence of these bacteria entirely but, ultimately, these act only as barriers. We believe that each barrier, though beneficial, works as an additional wall to prevent contamination. Therefore, the more barriers, the better the safety.

List of protective barriers: moisture and pH, packaging, chemical additives, atmosphere control. storage, HACCP systems and heat treatment

The need to protect meat products like the ones mentioned before against the harmful effects of Listeria is a serious issue that the food industry deals with currently. In case of the meat, there are two barriers: the heat treatment, which is the former barrier, followed by the refrigerated storage, which acts as the latter. Specifically related to the storage, we would like to cite this article from El Mundo: Listeria: Crece la amenaza de la bacteria que sobrevive en tu nevera (“Listeria: The threat of the bacteria that survives in your fridge grows”). This article describes the occurrence, development and consequences of the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in food and the measures to be taken for preventing its appearance and growth. However, heat treatment and refrigeration, combined with control of the product’s initial microbial load and hygiene, are sometimes taken into consideration while at other times, overlooked.

As companies in the meat sector, you may think that by controlling the above-mentioned barriers, you have already controlled the presence of Listeria, but sometimes, things are not that simple. In addition to all possible barriers, out of which heat treatment, refrigeration and hygiene are the most significant to consider when it comes to safety control, there exist further barriers like the preservative solutions provided by Amerex. One of our top sales, Fermitrat® Export, would act as an additional barrier by itself.

Image showing the effect of Fermitrat-Export, one of our preservatives, against Listeria sp. inoculated in foie. You can see how both dosages of Fermitrat control growth better, practically eliminating this bacteria at a dosage of 1.5 g/Kg of the preservative
Image showing the effect of Fermitrat-Export, one of our preservatives, against three strains of Listeria sp. inoculated into sliced ​​turkey. At a dosage of 1.5 g/Kg of Fermitrat, a bacteriostatic effect is produced, preventing the growth of the bacteria which is three logarithmic units lower than the sample without the preservative

Among the barriers, we can find references in the legislation about microbiological criteria, which includes pH and aW criteria. Therefore, once these two parameters are met, there is no further requirement to ensure safety.

Extract from the legislation about microbiological criteria, which establishes that products with less or equal to 4.4 pH levels and less or equal to 0.92 water activity, or products with with less or equal to 5 pH levels and less or equal to 0.94 water activity, cannot support the growth of Listeria monocytogenes

You may think that by abiding to the legislative parameters and maintaining adequate supervision pf certain other parameters, you are free from danger against Listeria. However, if you aim to create higher quality, more desirable products, you could even lower the pH and aW requirements by adding a protector in your manufacturing process.

The choice is in your hands, we are available round the clock to clarify your doubts and uncertainties and to provide you the necessary assistance to meet your requirements.

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2019 MEETING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LLEIDA – Use of starters in the food industry

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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AMEREX PRESENTATION AT THE II LA RIOJA HEALTHY FOOD FORUM

Hello and welcome again to our Blog! As we mentioned in the last post, Amerex participated in the II La Rioja Healthy Food Forum, a journey on which our technical experts talked about clean label strategies adopted by the industry as technical solutions for these consumer demands.

It is a pleasure for us to attach here an audiovisual sample of that amazing day, hoping that it will be very interesting and instructive for you:

We really hope you liked it. If you also have any question or you want to ask for more personalized assistance, do not hesitate to contact us on the following email:

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AMEREX PARTICIPATION IN THE II LA RIOJA HEALTHY FOOD FORUM

Last month, Amerex’s technical division had the honour of participating in the II Foro Healthy de Alimentación de La Rioja (II La Rioja Healthy Food Forum), invited by Centro Tecnológico CTIC-CITA, the perfect hosts who once again counted on us to disseminate and to share our knowledge.

This Forum exhibited the different challenges of the industry when facing a change in consumer trends towards healthier eating forecasts, based on innovation and product reformulation. Our technical experts Luciano Vivas and Alejandro Rodríguez made a presentation focused on clean label strategies adopted by the industry as technical solutions for these consumer demands. Do you want to know which thoughts they shared? Keep reading!

The presentation was based on several questions to be answered about possible solutions to carry out the clean label strategy, its influence on quality and its profitability.

Are there solutions? Yes. However, before facing them, a well-defined and balanced objective must be determined. It is difficult to define a tasty, healthy, unprocessed, appealing and free of E-numbers final product, even more with considerably enhanced shelf-life and safety. It is difficult and we have to be realistic.

Nevertheless, as we have said before, many solutions can be reached by establishing defined and balanced objectives. For example, if our objective is to eliminate sulphite, a slightly effective microbiologically preservative but a very good reducer speaking in terms of colour, we can use a clean label microbiological solution. This solution will certainly increase the shelf-life, however the colour will not be the one provided by sulphites. Besides, as we have stated before, Amerex is already working on solutions regarding colour. The following is a concrete example amongst many others:

Descriptive image about the different Amerex clean label blends as solutions to various industry challenges. These challenges are the following: color, gas and/or liquid formation, and growth of spoilage bacteria such as Lactobacilli/Gram +, Listeria, Enterobacteria, Anaerobes, and Moulds and yeasts.

Historically, we have applied our solutions almost exclusively to the meat industry. Nowadays, many other industries in the food sector demand this kind of strategy and we can assure that the formulas we provide are perfectly adaptable to them. These industries include dairy products, fish, beverages, ready meals, sandwiches, egg products, vegan products…

The second question to be answered is the following one, what impact does it have on quality? We can guarantee according to our expertise that microbiologically the quality is assured. As you have seen in the previous image, all the solutions are tested and verified in our pilot plant, evaluated through different tests such as the aforementioned Challenge Test.

To guarantee your quality, you must be surrounded by experts in other areas for synergetic relationships that promote the quality. This is the reason why we are delighted to collaborate with the host, CTIC-CITA, who helps us to develop thanks to its excellent facilities, its qualified staff and the ease of communication between us. Last but not least… Are they profitable? As we have mentioned before, with a well-defined objectives and a tested, well-designed product, a higher rate of validated products is achieved. This is the first criteria of profitability: good communication, trust and the establishment of objectives agreed by both parties. Higher profitability, with up to 20% more validations and better market performance is reached. We can state that only with 1% of final products not returned, you have already amortized the invested cost. Our solutions pay for themselves.

In this image you can see a comparison between a standard industry validation of a product, and a validation using the Amerex Method

Soon we will upload the full video of the day. Do not miss it!

Once again many thanks to our friends and we hope to see you all in future editions.

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