Nowadays, the consumers’ global demand for healthier diets is steadily increasing, and the development of novel functional ingredients has become a focus of the food industry. On the other hand, the accumulation of huge amounts of food wastes every year has led to environmental degradation and especially to significant loss of valuable material that could otherwise be exploited as new health-promoting ingredients, fuels and a great variety of additives. In this respect, the biggest challenge of the current scientific world is to convert the underutilised by-products generated by the food and beverage industries into more profitable and marketable added value products which would also contribute significantly to meet the nowadays society needs. This chapter gives an overview regarding the possibility of exploiting the brewing industry wastes as sources of bioactive compounds in order to produce functional ingredients and products with added value.
Part of the book: Brewing Technology
Given the advent of the consumers and producers demands, researches are focusing lately to develop innovative, cost-effective, progressively complex alcoholic beverages. As alcohol consumption has a heavy impact on social environment and health, fast and safe solutions for industrial application are needed. In this chapter, the recent advances in the field of alcoholic beverages authenticity and quality testing are summarised. Solutions for the online monitoring of the process of distilled beverages are offered and the recent methods for identification of raw material and process formed biomarkers of distilled beverages are presented.