Popular science summaries
Here you will find popular science summaries from FINEST in various research areas. The presentations describe benefits and practical applications and can be downloaded in PDF format.
Popular science summaries
Climate impact of plant-based meat analogues
Plant-based meat analogues are often proposed as a viable lower carbon alternative but knowledge is currently limited about their climate impact in relation to other foods. A new study has compiled the state of knowledge and contributes to a more nuanced picture of the climate impact of PBMAs compared to other products, which can support actors in the food chain in product development and in communication with customers and suppliers.
Contact: Elinor Hallström
Bärometer 2021 – where do the wild berries go?
There have long been uncertainties surrounding the collection and trade of wild berries in Sweden. A new study based on interviews with Swedish berry companies has compiled information about the 2021 season. The overall picture is consistent with e
Consumer attitude towards plant-based yoghurt
It is important to understand consumers’ attitudes and expectations in order to know which products need further development and should have a spot on the market as well as how they should be marketed. This study gives insight to how different groups of consumers reason and prioritise when choosing between milk-based and plant-based yoghurt.
Contact: Johanna Östlund
Plant-based meat analogues – nutritional strengths and challenges
RISE has published a study where they have mapped and evaluated the nutritional quality of meat analogues on the Swedish market. Meat analogues have potential strengths, but also challenges, in terms of their ability to contribute to a healthy diet.
Contact: Susanne Bryngelsson
Matchmaking alternative protein sources with products to increase market acceptability
The need to reduce consumption of meat-based products is driving development of meat-free protein-rich foods that are healthier and better for the environment. However, it is unclear which of these products will find market success.
Contact: Elizabeth Hörlin
Consumers rationalisation of dairy consumption
The beneficiaries of this study are companies who are wanting to design new products that will meet the expectations of consumers of a specific segment, i.e. those who had different degrees of rationalisation of dairy products consumption.
Contact: Jun Niimi
The emergence of the Swedish innovation system around plant-based meat analogues
This abstract is currently only accessible in Swedish. Follow this link to access the Swedish version →
Contact: Helena Fornstedt
The environmental impact of the Swedish pea protein value chain
In this study, the carbon footprint, water usage, energy consumption, and several other key environmental indicators for the Swedish pea protein chain have been evaluated. The stages that were found to contribute the most to environmental impact were the cultivation of raw materials and the sausage production itself.
Contact: Edoardo Desiderio
Influence of Swedish bilberry pre-processing technique on juice yield and quality
Bilberries represent a valuable northern European wild berry crop, well regarded for their high content of bioactive compounds and perceived health benefits. In Sweden, other than consumption of fresh whole berries, processing into juice is the most common route. To optimise the extraction of juice from bilberries and to investigate the impact on juice quality, fresh berries were pre-treated using a range of techniques prior to pressing.
Contact: Evelina Höglund
Malolactic conversion of lingonberry juice – impact on sensory properties and microbial stability
Lingonberry is a popular fruit in the Nordic countries, where many variations of lingonberry products are available. The berry naturally contains high amounts of antioxidants and antimicrobial substances which make it an ideal natural preservative. The juice of lingonberry is also naturally low in pH which is often perceived as too sour in taste. To better utilise lingonberry juices as themselves or in combination with other ingredients, transformation of the juices is required to improve the palatability.
Contact: Petter Melin
Analysis of the Swedish wild berry innovation system
The Swedish wild berry industry may contribute to economic development and a more sustainable food system, but labor conditions for migrant berry pickers are a major concern. When analyzing how actors respond to these opportunities and challenges, we find a fragmented innovation system as well as a need for broader networks and new laws and regulations.
Contact: Johnn Andersson
Analysis of the Swedish wild berry innovation system (pdf, portrait format)
Malolactic fermentation of bilberry juices for reduced sourness
Currently, most of the Swedish bilberrys berries are picked, frozen and exported for extraction of high-valued bio-products which are used in, e.g. cosmetics and health supplements. In order, to increase the usage of bilberries in food and beverages in Sweden and in the rest of the world, new sustainable processing methods are needed.
Contact: Martina Bergentall