Simone Pucci

Simone Pucci

Chemist, expert of chemical analyses on olive oil, food and beverage. Director of the Chemical Laboratory of CDR S.r.l. "Francesco Bonicolini"

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Taking a cue from the various sets of research carried out on the possibility of determining the state of ripeness of the olives, the researchers of the CDR chemical laboratories conducted a study with the aim of developing a rapid and simple system for obtaining indications on the degree of ripeness of olives, useful for identifying the best time for harvesting.

The 2018/2019 oil campaign can now be considered concluded for this year and, as in other years, we are able to comment on the results of the analyses carried out on a few dozen samples from various areas of Tuscany. Furthermore we have carried out a small study to learn more about determination of the appropriate harvesting period in the case of a heterogeneous olive grove that has several cultivars.

The beginning of the season was rightly perturbed by forecasts of reduced production which came true. In particular, in a few central Italian region, productivity was very low, whereas at a national level, production was below average, despite being slightly up compared to the previous oil production season. What about quality?

The characteristics of ingredients are fundamental in olive oil production. The olive pressing process also plays a key role in determining a high quality product such as extra virgin olive oil. We will examine how it is possible to increase the quality of extra virgin olive oil produced, by constantly monitoring certain chemical parameters, while providing descriptions of detection methods used.

Snack foods are currently consumed by millions of people of diverse cultural backgrounds in many countries because they are tempting snacks if characterized by crispness, brilliant colour and flavours.

However, these products can undergo degradation processes, first of all, the lipid oxidation which causes rancidity and off- flavours.

There are several methods to test the shelf life of snacks and bakery foods, but CDR FoodLab® is the only one, not only to be a green method, but also, it is able to give an actual measurement of oxidative stability of finished products, in a simple and fast way.

Comparison between different methods

Dr. Simone Bellassai presented the speech “Innovative At-Line Quality and Process Control Methods in Food&Beverage Industry” at the 2nd IMEKO FOODS “Metrology Promoting Objective and Measurable Food Quality and Safety” in Benevento. See the slide show»

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