Reflecting the closer integration that is occurring along the supply chain, the new Department of Primary Production and Processing is providing a consolidated focus for areas from cereals and animal feed to fresh produce, as well as post-harvest storage and handling.
“The new department will offer integrated services to members and other clients across the agri-food chain,” said director of technology, Professor Sam Millar.
‘Across the agri-food chain’
“The focus of the new department will be on the sustainable production of safe and quality primary products, raw materials and ingredients derived from crops, and their impact on finished product legality, safety, quality and market placing attributes, including animal feed.”
Meanwhile, Campden BRI has expanded its capabilities in emerging technologies with the purchase of a continuous ultraviolet (UV-C) processor and large-scale cold plasma machine.
The new installations, which are worth in excess of £100,000, add to existing high pressure processing, power ultrasound and pulsed light equipment for disinfection purposes.
Current industrial applications of UV-C, include the treatment of conveying lines, packaging and containers, as well as the surfaces of food products such as fruit, vegetables and bakery products.