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Research and Development Guidelines for the Food Industries.

RESEARCH and DEVELOPMENT GUIDELINES for the FOOD INDUSTRIES by Wilbur A Gould. 172 pages with index. Price: 69.00 [pounds]. (USA: CTI Publications Inc; UK: Food Trade Press Ltd)

As most readers would agree, research and development is the lifeblood of the food industry, in terms of growth and new product launches. Dr Gould found that the few people seem to have set down the rules for this aspect of the food business. In particular, non-one seemed to have set out |the why, the when, the where, the what, the who and the how' of this whole topic. Without some codification system, it was quite obvious that much good research work just never saw the light of day, simply because no-one knew where it was published.

This line of though led on to the idea of developing a systematic approach to research. Over a period of forty years the author has been able to develop his ideas in conjunction with students too numerous to name as they struggled with some research problem.

All this is easier said that done but Dr Gould has created twelve chapters to encapsulate his ideas, and as he is a man who likes to get to the point rapidly, that is perhaps a happy choice of phrase. The actual chapter titles run: R and D and its role in the food industries; The R and D department; Staffing the R and D department; The design and layout of the R and D facility; New product development; Functions and uses of the pilot plant; Equipment and pilot plant layout for the R and D facility; New product development; Packages and packaging; Proposals, projects, reports and reporting; Handling data; Communicating R and D efforts; Costs, appraisals and productivity; and R and D appendix tables.

The reader will find flow diagrams, line drawings, charts and layouts in this text, which is rounded out with illustrations showing suitable equipment. Short and to the point is perhaps rather too simplistic a view of this text but the author does get through a lot of ideas and information.
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