Jake Norman to speak at South African Food Science & Technology Event


OAL’s Jake Norman will be speaking at The South African Association for Food Science & Technology’s (SAAFoST) 21st Biennial International Congress from 6-9 September 2015 in Durban, South Africa. The theme of this year’s event is “Growing Food Science & Technology for a Sustainable Future.” OAL were approached because of our strong innovation agenda targeting step change improvements in food manufacturing. Since 2012 we have accelerated our investment in R&D in excess of 8.2% of turnover.

Jake will be explaining how OAL led collaborative research has and will lead to major advances in food processing. OAL are currently leading two £1million research projects co-funded by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, which seek to develop improved food production systems and technologies.

The first project, “Nutrition for Life”, started in February 2014 has focused on improving the nutritional benefit of food products whilst minimising production costs. Research has covered understanding the full operating envelope of the Steam Infusion Vaction™ unit. Knowledge gained has been used to improve existing products and develop new products that do not currently exist.

The 2nd project, “Improving Supply Chain Efficiency”, launching in September 2015, aims to resolve the major issues effecting food quality, nutritional values, productivity and waste within traditional manufacturing processes. By combining rapid cooking (OAL Steam Infusion) and rapid cooling (Nitrogen), the project seeks to deliver a step change in supply chain efficiency within the fast growing markets for ready meals, soups and other sauce based food products.

Insight will be provided into the successful commercialisation of newly developed applications including maize hydration using Steam Infusion for drinks in Africa.


If you are interested in attending the event, please visit the SAAFost Website.