NineSigma’s client prepares and processes thousands of raw, animal protein products for human consumption every hour. The substrate protein is maintained in cold (< 40° Fahrenheit) and moist conditions, and individual pieces can range in size from as small as 0.5 inches wide by 1.25 inches long to as large as 4.0 inches wide by 6.0 inches long. Pieces range in thickness from 0.5 inches to 1.0 inches.
In its current operations, the client’s processors treat the surface of the individual animal protein portions in a chilled liquid solution containing water, powdered egg and powdered milk, simulating 1 dozen large eggs mixed into 1 gallon of 4% milk. Immediately following this pretreatment, the animal protein is coated in a flour-based powder mixture, with the egg/milk solution acting as a bonding agent to promote adhesion. The coated product is then immediately deep fried at high temperature until done.
The client has identified significant need to streamline this multi-step process outlined herein to facilitate greater operational speed and efficiency. Furthermore, the need for the existing egg and milk solution represents a minor, but unavoidable sanitary concern which the client would eliminate, if possible.
Therefore, novel technology proposals are sought outlining ways to substantially modify the protein and/or powder coating or otherwise eliminate the liquid pretreatment step of this process.
Of particular interest are food chemistry solutions impacting the protein, powder and/or liquid components of the process.
Solutions – including ingredients and processes – should ideally be compatible with or readily adaptable to use on products intended for human consumption. Proposed solutions should be readily accepted by healthy conscious consumers seeking natural, high quality ingredients and avoiding excessive salt, sugar, and “chemical” additives in their food.
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
Phase 1 – Identification of potential partners
- Review of proposed technologies
- Q1/Q2 2018
Phase 2 – Proof of Concept
- Evaluation of technology/ies in client’s test facility
- Q2/Q3 2018
Phase 3 – Full scale implementation
- Deployment to nationwide production facilities
- Timetable for implementation to be determined by the proposed technology, development plan and economic viability.
Criteria for Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2
Client will consider for advancement an approach that meets performance criteria with acceptable economics and pathway to commercialization and implementation.