Recovery of High-Value Flavors from Food Processing Waste Streams

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 99-33610-7522
Agency Tracking Number: 1999-00360
Amount: $265,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2000
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Membrane Technology and Research, Inc.
1360 Willow Rd., Suite 103, Menlo Park, CA, 94025
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 J Wijmans
 (650) 328-2228
Business Contact
 J. Farrant
Title: Vice President
Phone: (650) 328-2228
Research Institution
Pervaporation is a new membrane separation technique that can recover high-value flavor compounds from food processing wastewaters and process streams. In the Phase I project the ability of pervaporation to recover onion and garlic flavors from evaporator condensate and crushed onion juice was demonstrated in field trials at an onion/garlic processing plant. The recovered flavors were rated very highly in taste panel tests. Process economics are expected to be very competitive. In the Phase II project additional tests will be performed at a garlic/onion plant, a citrus processing plant and a tomato processing plant. The pilot systems used in these Phase II tests will incorporate a number of improvements suggested by the Phase I experience.

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