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Increased profitability through product diversification and improved sugar quality.

Wijesinghe, B. and Mereddy, R. and Stanley, R. (2010) Increased profitability through product diversification and improved sugar quality. In: Proceedings of the 2010, 32nd Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, 11-14 May, Bundaberg, Queensland.

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Abstract

The proposed simplified Integrated Sugar Production Process (ISPP) using membrane technology would allow the sugar industry to produce new product streams and higher quality mill sugar with increased sugar extraction efficiency. Membrane filtration technology has proven to be a technically sound process to increase sugar quality. However commercial viability has been uncertain partly because the benefits to crystallisation and sugar quality have not outweighed the increased processing cost. This simplified ISPP produces additional value-added liquid streams to make the membrane fractionation process more financially viable and improve the profitability of sugar manufacture. An experimental study used pilot scale membrane fractionation of clarified mill juice confirmed the technical feasibility of separating inorganic salt and antioxidant rich fractions from cane juice. The paper presents details on the compositions of the liquid streams along with their potential uses, values and challenges in getting these products out to market.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Business groups:Agri-Science, Crop and Food Science
Additional Information:© Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists.
Keywords:Composition; diversification; filtration; food quality; fractionation; inorganic salts; membranes; polyphenols; potassium; processing; production; profitability; quality; sugar; sugar loss; sugarcane juice.
Subjects:Plant culture > Field crops > Sugar plants
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural economics
Deposited On:29 Nov 2010 04:22
Last Modified:06 Dec 2011 04:33

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