How Indoor Farming Reduces Food Waste

Website Link (Article by Ashlen Wilder) When The Spoon last wrote about Crop One in 2018, the company had just announced that they were building the largest indoor hydroponic farm in the world. The farm, based in Dubai, is set to be 300,000 square feet, three stories high, and capable of producing up to 6,000 pounds of food aContinue reading “How Indoor Farming Reduces Food Waste”

Advanced applications of chemo-responsive dyes based odor imaging technology for fast sensing food quality and safety: A review

Website Link (Article by Kang et. al. 2021) Abstract Public attention to foodquality and safety has been increased significantly. Therefore, appropriate analytical tools are needed to analyze and sense the food quality and safety. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are important indicators for the quality and safety of food products. Odor imaging technology based on chemo-responsiveContinue reading “Advanced applications of chemo-responsive dyes based odor imaging technology for fast sensing food quality and safety: A review”

GMO Controversy and Its Lessons for the Cell-Cultured Meat Industry

Website Link (Article by Camille Bond) The introduction of GMO crops in the 1990s was a moment of opportunity for international agriculture—yet communications with consumers went wrong. GMO crops have been called frankenfoods, mutants, and carcinogens. According to the Pew Research Center, roughly half of U.S. adults believe that GMO foods are less healthy than GMO-free foods.Continue reading “GMO Controversy and Its Lessons for the Cell-Cultured Meat Industry”

Designing cleaner meat alternatives

Website Link (Article by Jeff Gelski) The plant-based meat alternative category gushes with sales. Demand for products perceived as clean label remains a steady and strong stream. For the two trends to converge, food companies may seek to eliminate certain chemical-sounding ingredients like methylcellulose and whittle down the ingredient list by finding ways to avoidContinue reading “Designing cleaner meat alternatives”

Controlling Moisture in Foods Using Packaging

Website Link (Article by Claire Koelsch Sand) Moisture content affects food texture, nutrient, and flavor profiles and impacts the quality and safety of food. The reaction rates of lipid oxidation, microbial growth, and browning are altered when food moisture content changes. Moisture loss can result in economic loss too, in foods such as produce thatContinue reading “Controlling Moisture in Foods Using Packaging”

Cell-cultured coffee developed in Europe: ‘We have proved lab-grown coffee can be a reality’

Website Link (Article by Flora Southey) Europe’s first cup of joe developed from cellular agriculture has been brewed in Finland, with both taste and smell hitting the mark. Cellular agriculture is commonly associated with the production of meat, dairy, and egg proteins. Now, researchers in Finland are turning their attention to another F&B staple: coffee.Continue reading “Cell-cultured coffee developed in Europe: ‘We have proved lab-grown coffee can be a reality’”

New Food Freezing Concept Improves Quality, Increases Safety and Cuts Energy Use

Website Link (Article by Kim Kaplan) Shifting to a new food freezing method could make for safer and better quality frozen foods while saving energy and reducing carbon emissions, according to a new study by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and University of California-Berkeley scientists.  “A complete change over to this new method ofContinue reading “New Food Freezing Concept Improves Quality, Increases Safety and Cuts Energy Use”

World’s first waxed vegan cheese wheels launch in Netherlands

Website Link (Article by Ingredientsnetwork) A Netherlands-based cheesemaker called Max&Bien debuted the world’s first vegan cheese wheel coated in paraffin wax to emulate traditional-style Dutch cheeses. This vegan cheese comes in 1.2-kilogram wheels for cheese and delicatessen stores as well as 150-gram mini-wheels. The cheese itself is made from fermented wheat and comes in threeContinue reading “World’s first waxed vegan cheese wheels launch in Netherlands”

Growing Animal-free Scaffolds for Cell-Cultured Meat

Website Link (Article by Camille Bond) It’s one thing to grow an amorphous blob of muscle or fat cells in a bioreactor—and another thing to recreate the structure of animal tissue. In order to make a complex product like a steak or a salmon fillet, cell-cultured meat producers need to provide their stem cells withContinue reading “Growing Animal-free Scaffolds for Cell-Cultured Meat”

Five Reasons Why Tiger Nut Flour Is The Trendiest Alternative Flour

Website Link (Article by Daphne Ewing-Chow) Tiger nut (or chufa nut) flour, which is ground from tubers that grow on the yellow nutsedge plant, is gaining popularity globally as the perfect substitute for wheat flour, given its gluten-free properties, its status as a super food and its natural sweet taste. The flour, which is madeContinue reading “Five Reasons Why Tiger Nut Flour Is The Trendiest Alternative Flour”