I.F.T. Innovation Award recipients honored

by Keith Nunes
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NEW ORLEANS — Bunge North America, CEM Corp., Multisorb Technologies and NC Hyperbaric received the 2008 I.F.T. Food Expo Innovation Awards on June 29, during the I.F.T.’s Annual Meeting & Food Expo.

A panel of nine jurors from industry and academia with expertise in research and product development, processing and packaging technology, and food safety selected the four companies and their innovations from 46 qualified entries. Only companies exhibiting at the 2008 I.F.T. Annual Meeting & Food Expo in New Orleans were eligible. Judging criteria included degree of innovation, technical advancement, benefits to food manufacturers and consumers, and scientific merit.

Bunge North America, St. Louis, garnered the 2008 I.F.T. Food Expo Innovation Award for its Nutra Blanche/Nutra-Clear NT Frying System Solution & Donut Fry NT, which uses a proprietary hydrogenation technology to reduce trans-fatty acids by more than 85% in shortening systems for par-fried potatoes and fried donuts.

CEM Corp., Matthews, N.C., won the award for its Sprint Rapid Protein Analyzer. The compact instrument — designed for use in the lab or at a production line — provides protein determination in two minutes that is more accurate than other methods, according to the I.F.T., and without the use of harsh chemicals or high heat.

Multisorb Technologies, Buffalo, N.Y., was honored for its Active Oxygen Barrier Enhancement — an oxygen scavenging system that may be incorporated into packaging polymers for molded, sheeted, or film applications. The system improves the oxygen barrier properties of the structure, resulting in extended shelf life and greater quality retention.

NC Hyperbaric, Burgos, Spain, captured the 2008 IFT Food Expo Innovation Award for its Wave 6000/420 High Pressure Processing Equipment, which uses a working pressure of 87,000 p.s.i. to process about 4,500 lbs of product per hour at a cost of 32c per lb. Reduced machine cycle times and vessel filling deliver greater product throughput, according to the I.F.T.

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