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Project name:

Extending the stability of oil during deep frying of snack products

Status: Idea
Creation date: 22-11-2022

Project objectives:

BACKGROUND OF THE PROBLEM

To reduce the impact on the environment and to reduce costs, a solution to extending the life of Oils used in the manufacture of Pringles products would be highly desirable.

We have considered the use of synthetic and natural antioxidants, as well as adsorbents for removal of oil degradation products. We are not looking to re-evaluate these solutions in this challenge unless there is a novel development vis-a-vis what is commercially available. We would not be interested in a solution that requires a Capital investment over $100K per line unless there was a return on investment less than 3 years.

In line with the aforementioned problem background, Kellogg's is looking for any type of solution that will help us extend the lifetime of our oils. Solutions that can be considered can include:

  • Process innovation to extend oil lifetime
  • Potential novel oil or additives
  • Approaches to recycle current oil volume (in situ)
  • Any other solution that could help extend oil lifetime

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS / PERFORMANCE CRITERIA:

Kellogg's would be looking to evaluate the solutions based on the following parameters:

Technical requirements:

  1. We use total polar components as a measure of oil stability and are looking for solutions that delay / slow down the formation of these components during frying. We welcome proposals for other measurement methods as long as it captures the oil stability and can be correlated with end-product shelf life
  2. Any reduction in total oil usage or oil wastage can be considered for further implementation
  3. Solutions must be regulatory compliant for use in Asia, Middle East, Africa

Performance/business criteria:

  • Total cost of the solution (OPEX / CAPEX) and any changes in our operational processes will be taken into consideration for evaluation

COST TARGET

Specific cost targets will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. As a general guideline, we would be targeting no increase in Oil cost and a reduction in Oil waste and usage.

TIMEFRAME FOR DEVELOPMENT

Phase 1: PoC or Pilot (2-4 months)

Phase 2: further commercial roll-out to be discussed on a case-by-case basis

POTENTIAL MARKET / BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

In case the solution proves its efficacy, Kellogg's will consider further roll-out and implementation of the solution across our global manufacturing network.

RESOURCES

  • We are willing to cover the cost of up to 3 trials in our manufacturing facility based in Enstek, Malaysia, upon satisfactory Proof of Concept to be decided by Kellogg's, with a total value up to S$30,000 (or its equivalent).
  • We offer a prize money of S$10,000 if the solution is proven to be successful in plant trials.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Our manufacturing site is located in Malaysia. We would be looking to conduct the trial in that location.

Contact / source: Enterprise Singapore Sustainability Open Innovation Challenge - Sustainability Open Innovation Challenge 2022 (innovation-challenge.sg)

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