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Characterising the sweet corn postharvest supply chain: travel from Senegal to the UK

Characterising the sweet corn postharvest supply chain: travel from Senegal to the UK
Characterising the sweet corn postharvest supply chain: travel from Senegal to the UK
Sweet corn (Zea mays L.) is a grain harvested before maturity and
consumed as a vegetable. An optimal supply chain, to preserve sugars and
antioxidant (AO) capacity is essential to maintain quality of sweet corn. The
choice of packaging film plays an essential role, especially in products with a
high respiration rate such as sweet corn. Sweet corn grown on a commercial
farm in Senegal was sampled at the harvest day, at the UK arrival date
following 12–14 d of shipping (packaging date), at the best before date (BBD)
and 5 days after the best before date. The results showed that high quality
preservation of sweet corn is possible along a complex supply chain from
harvest in Senegal through transport to the UK. Results suggested that lower
perforation films have a beneficial role in preserving antioxidant capacity.
Furthermore, damaged kernels in the cut-ends of the cobs were shown to be the
main factor reducing the overall quality of the product.
1744-7569
Becerra Sanchez, Felipe
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Taylor, Gail
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Becerra Sanchez, Felipe
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Taylor, Gail
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Becerra Sanchez, Felipe and Taylor, Gail (2021) Characterising the sweet corn postharvest supply chain: travel from Senegal to the UK. International Journal of Postharvest Technology and Innovation. (doi:10.1504/IJPTI.2021.10034827).

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Abstract

Sweet corn (Zea mays L.) is a grain harvested before maturity and
consumed as a vegetable. An optimal supply chain, to preserve sugars and
antioxidant (AO) capacity is essential to maintain quality of sweet corn. The
choice of packaging film plays an essential role, especially in products with a
high respiration rate such as sweet corn. Sweet corn grown on a commercial
farm in Senegal was sampled at the harvest day, at the UK arrival date
following 12–14 d of shipping (packaging date), at the best before date (BBD)
and 5 days after the best before date. The results showed that high quality
preservation of sweet corn is possible along a complex supply chain from
harvest in Senegal through transport to the UK. Results suggested that lower
perforation films have a beneficial role in preserving antioxidant capacity.
Furthermore, damaged kernels in the cut-ends of the cobs were shown to be the
main factor reducing the overall quality of the product.

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Accepted/In Press date: 18 August 2020
Published date: 10 January 2021

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Local EPrints ID: 447818
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/447818
ISSN: 1744-7569
PURE UUID: d1c89be7-8885-4951-a352-64b3122f259b
ORCID for Felipe Becerra Sanchez: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2178-3967
ORCID for Gail Taylor: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8470-6390

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Date deposited: 23 Mar 2021 17:37
Last modified: 24 Mar 2021 02:55

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