The Hurdle Concept in Fruit Processing

  • Stella Maris Alzamora
  • Aurelio López-Malo
  • Sandra Norma Guerrero
  • María Soledad Tapia
Part of the Food Engineering Series book series (FSES)


Today, and increasingly more often, humans tend to eat healthy diets that include an increase in the intake of fruits and vegetables as their beneficial effects on health have been evidenced. The produce industry is faced with an ever-increasing demand for fresh-likeness, convenience, and “health” in foods with the minimally processed fruit sector becoming one of its fastest growing segments. The trend for mildly preserved fruits comes with the combined preservation/hurdle technology as the principle in designing the overall treatment. Targeted application of the hurdle concept has aimed to improving quality and safety of fruit products at the farm level, and in the whole and fresh-cut minimally processed fruit industry.

The objectives of this chapter were: (1) to revise some basic aspects of the hurdle concept, (2) to present a panoramic view of recent combinations of traditional and novel stressors explored for the conservation of tropical and subtropical fruits and their subproducts, and (3) to point out some areas of study to fully exploit the potential of the hurdle concept in the design and optimization of preservation techniques.


Fruit preservation Design Hurdle concept Novel and traditional stressors 



The authors want to thank the support from Universidad de Buenos Aires, CONICET and ANPCyT–BID from Argentina, from the Universidad de Las Americas, Puebla, and CONACyT from Mexico, and from Universidad Central de Venezuela from Venezuela.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stella Maris Alzamora
    • 1
  • Aurelio López-Malo
    • 2
  • Sandra Norma Guerrero
    • 1
  • María Soledad Tapia
    • 3
  1. 1.Universidad de Buenos AiresBuenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.Universidad de las Americas—PueblaCholulaMexico
  3. 3.Universidad Central de VenezuelaCaracasVenezuela

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