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Prospective and Opportunities of High Pressure Processing in the Food, Nutraceutical and Pharmacy Market

  • Ignacio Gracia
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Part of the Food Engineering Series book series (FSES)

Abstract

High pressure processing (HPP) technology is ready to be widely used for the development of new products. One of the most promising applications of HPP processing concerns food, nutraceutical and pharmacy industry, in which several processes are profitable, and HPP products are really available with proven therapeutic characteristics. In spite of the advantages about production, safety, quality, normative and marketing, the industrial implementation of HHP products is scant, and generally associated to high scale production capacities because their products are generally considered like simple substitutes for lower market niche alternatives. This chapter presets some information for researchers to be able to understand basic concepts of economy related to the industrial implementation of HHP. Based on a Business Plan procedure, several tools and strategies are presented in order to be able to determine and quantify the industrial potential of HPP. The SWOT test will be able to identify business strategies and the possibility to change the market segment. New emerging opportunities about regulations, labelling, market demands and high marketing values have to be exploited. Several methods are described for cost estimation, to determine the price curve and to quantify the project profitability in terms of financial ratios. Finally, a review about literature estimations for manufacturing costs for HPP is included, in addition to those costs corresponding to real industrial applications and available products.

Keywords

Food Nutraceutical and pharmacy compounds Economical evaluations Business plan SWOT analysis Manufacturing costs High pressure Scale up Food regulations 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of Castilla La ManchaCiudad Real (España)Spain

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