Tophoney | ENHANCING THE QUALITY ATTRIBUTES OF PROCESSED HONEY AND AVOIDING ITS CRYSTALLISATION BY THE APPLICATION OF A NON-THERMAL TREATMENT PROCESS

PARTNERS AND ROLES

The Consortium

The consortium is formed by 3 RTDs (Research and technology development centres): Centre de Recerca i Investigació de Catalunya, The National Physical Laboratory and Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, 3 Industrial Associations (Asociación Valle Historia y Miel, National Bee Branch Association and Federação Nacional dos Apicultores de Portugal) and 4 Small or Medium Enterprises (FISA -which is the project coordinator- ,Sociedad Apícola de España, SYNE scrl and T3 Engineering.


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The Coordinator

FISA SA

FISA IBERICA is a member of the FISA GROUP whose core business is the manufacture and installation of industrial cleaning systems. FISA has 2 chemical subsidiaries; one involved in cleaning chemicals (FIMM) and the other (ECAFI) in water engineering. FISA has subsidiaries in all European countries and North America. FISA IBERICA is responsible for the markets of Spain, Portugal and South America. All subsidiaries have research facilities, as well as several labs with different technologies for research and testing.

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Industrial Associations (SME-AGs)

Asociación Valle Historia y Miel

AVHM was founded in 1998, and since that time has organized regular technical workshops for the beekeeping industry. AVHM has participated in national and international projects under the Leader and Leader II initiatives. It participates in round tables of the Ministry of Agriculture Fishery and Food, and is involved in innovation in the area of livestock quality development, and the preparation of the Regulations for honey Quality in the Community of Valencia (Spain) and development of the Strategic Plan for the beekeeping sector in Valencia. It also participates in the activities of the bureaus of the Ministry of Enterprise and Science University, in collaboration with IMPIVA.

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National Bee Branch Association

NBBA was formed and registered in 2003, based on the Beekeeping Act adopted by Parliament, with the mission to work to benefit Bulgarian beekeeping industry. The NBBA has 13,000 members (both SME and non-SME) from the entire honey supply chain, including: 12,891 producers of honey and bee products, 9 processing companies and traders, 4 specialists in bee diseases and treatment, 12 manufacturers of beekeeping equipment, and 7 apicultural scientists. Together with the German Technical Support Facility in Bulgaria and the Ministry of Agriculture, NBBA participated in developing the long term National Program for development of the beekeeping. NBBA has organized a series of international conferences and workshops and issues specialized scientific publications, coordinated and applied work in the branch according to the existing technologies worldwide. Over tha past 3 years NBBA has organized training for 1820 beekeepers regarding Bulgarian legislation. NBBA has been publishing a specialized newspaper/magazine since 2004.

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Federação Nacional dos Apicultores de Portugal

FNAP is the national Portuguese Beekeepers Federation. Their 26 associates come from all regions of Portugal, including the autonomic regions of the Azores and Madeira. Their main activity is representation of Portuguese beekeepers before public and governmental organisms. They also represent Portugal as experts in the EU Commission Advisory Group on Beekeeping, and in the COPA-COGECA Working Party on Honey. Presently they are participating in 2 national research projects: “Residue Survey in Portuguese Honey” with the Escola Superior Agrária de Bragança and the “National Bee Disease Survey” with the Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária. FNAP’s other main activity is to provide technical assistance to their affiliates and the management of the National Beekeeping Program in collaboration with the Portuguese Government.

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Website: http://www.fnap.pt/

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

Sociedad Cooperativa Apícola De España

SCAE was created in the early 1908’s to unite beekeepers throughout Spain and markets the produce of its members using the National Association of Beekeepers (ANAE) trademark. SCAE has 200 members, and is one of the largest SME cooperative packers in Europe.

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Website: http://www.anaemiel.com/

SYNE scrl

The main activity of SYNE is processing honey bought from local beekeepers and sold to national grocers. Apart from bottling honey, the company has developed added value bee based products such as herbal teas made from specific honeys mixed with herb extracts and essential oils, food supplements made with a mixture of honeys with ginseng, royal jelly, propolis and syrups.

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T3 Engineering

T3E was established in 1991 and specializes in R&D and engineering for bakeries, honey and potato chip processing plants. They developed an osmotic and vacuum frying process for potato chips, which was sold to Spain, US, Korea, Netherlands and Switzerland. T3E have designed and installed honey processing plants in the Netherlands, Bosnia, Romania and China. In R&D and engineering projects, they conduct tests, mass balances, layout drawings, energy balances, select equipment, commission the plant, and provide documentation.

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Website: http://www.honeyprocessing.com/

Research and Technology Centers (RTDs)

Centre de Recerca i Innovació de Catalunya

CRIC is a multidisciplinary research centre based in Spain, which aims at assisting small and medium sized enterprises to become more competitive through technological innovation, respecting the environment and improving products, processes or services that contribute to a better quality of life. They have been involved in several EU funded projects, National and Regional projects. CRICs research activity is focused on the areas of electronic sensors, mechanical engineering and technologies for food processing (e.g. atmospheric plasma, high electric field pulses, microwave heating, etc).

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Website: http://cric.cat/en/index.html

The National Physical Laboratory

NPL has been world-leading centre in the development and application of highly accurate measurement techniques since 1900. As the UK’s national standards laboratory, NPL underpins the national measurement system, ensuring consistency and traceability of measurements throughout the UK. NPL offers a unique range of measurement services, contract research, consultancy and training services. Other areas of expertise include the design and characterisation of engineering materials; and mathematical software, especially its application to measurement and instrumentation. NPL undertakes long-term, leading-edge research to develop new and improved measurement methods that will impact on UK future services and products. This covers areas such as the development of novel sensors and optical techniques of measurement, where much of the research is world-leading.

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Website: http://www.npl.co.uk/

Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki

The laboratory of Apiculture-Sericulture (AUTH) was established in 1937. It is a public university research unit that develops research programs related with the physicochemical characteristics of honey, qualitative control and standardization of beehive products (honey, pollen, royal jelly, wax and propolis) control of bee pests, enemies and diseases, apiarian manipulations and other aspects of beekeeping. The laboratory offers undergraduate and graduate courses in Apiculture leading to MSc and PhD degrees. Areas of expertise include chemical analysis of honey and other bee products for market and beekeepers to find quality problems that could be improved. Particular attention is given to the reduction of honey quality by human intervention (thermal processing, chemicals use within the hive to control diseases, adulteration etc). One of AUTH’s major activities is the determination of the botanical and geographical origin of bee product based on the recognition of pollen spectrum and on the volatile substances indicators of plants.

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