The current work is aimed to give an overview on the most relevant patents available on dairy industry. To the
aim, both processing and product innovations will be reviewed. In particular, novel tools applied to traditional dairy plants
to optimize the heat treatments and reduce the disadvantages derived from the direct use of heat on product quality will be
reported. Advances applied for delivering dairy starter cultures to better control contamination of process lines will be
also discussed. Some relevant inventions to reduce the length of time required during the manufacturing or to decrease the
aging time of dairy products will be presented. Finally, the advances to enhance functional and/or sensory properties of
dairy products will be reported. In particular, processing methods to achieve milk-derived products with desired morphological
and/or compositional characteristics will be reviewed.
Keywords: Dairy industry, dairy quality, functional products, starter culture, thermal treatment.
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