Center for Applied Food Research

A food technology center for the future

The world population is growing and the available area for food production is limited. To guarantee a healthy balanced diet in future, we have to find new resources for vital nutrients like proteins, essential fatty acids, amino acids and vitamins.

Furthermore, consumers are more and more critical concerning composition and production of food. The trend in food research therefore goes beyond “organic” to “clean label” products – products without the addition of artificial substances (flavors, antioxidants, stabilizers, preservatives, etc.).

The Fraunhofer EMB uses marine biotechnology and specifically examines biologically active substances of aquatic origin to be used in food technology.

For this purpose, a “Technikum fuer angewandte Lebensmittelforschung” (TFAL) was set up where new ideas can be efficiently developed and realized from the source, the aquatic raw material, to the finished product. Here, scientists and engineers of the EMB develop food and food additives working along the value adding chain, beginning with exploration of alternative and sustainable raw material sources, extracting substances, up to developing prototypes and final products. The TFAL serves as a multifunctional research platform for the food industry.

Based on fundamental research and in answer to demands of the industry the Fraunhofer EMB uses its skills and expertise to develop foods of the future.

Technical Equipment

- Microbial fermenter 10 l

- High pressure homogenizer up to 2000 bar

- Standard distillation, Soxhelet extractor

- Large capacity rotary evaporator

- Freeze drying plant (10kg/24h)

- Fully automatic fermenter (batch size 20-60 liters)

- Ice Crusher

- Smoking chamber

- Cutter, Wolf

- Double bowl deep fryer

- Grill plate (2/1 GN large)

- Compact combi steamer (6x1/1 GN)

- Vacuum machine and sous vide

- Texture Analyzer HD Plus

- Rotational viscometer

- pH titrator, KF titrator

- Refractometer, N2 storage tank

- Cutting mill

- Sieve analysis machine

- Muffle furnace (tmax = 2200 C)

- Centrifuges (max 6x1 liter)

- Equipment for molecular biological & microbiological analyses)