Breakfast Cereals and How They Are Made

Breakfast Cereals and How They Are Made

Raw Materials, Processing, and Production

3rd Edition - January 9, 2020

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  • Editors: Alicia Perdon, Sylvia Schonauer, Kaisa Poutanen
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128120446
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128120439

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Breakfast Cereals and How They Are Made: Raw Materials, Processing, and Production, Third Edition, covers the transformation of a cereal grain across the supply chain with oversight of the entire lifecycle – from ingredient, to finished product. The book provides essential Information for food product developers on the effect of ingredients and process conditions on breakfast cereal quality. All aspects of the processing of cereals grains into finished products is covered, from batching and cooking, toasting and tempering, coating, the inclusion of additional ingredients, and packaging information. In addition, the book covers the chemistry and economics of cereal crops. Essential reading for all product developers working in the cereal industry, this book will also be of interest to academic researchers and postgraduate students in both cereal science and food processing.

Key Features

  • Provides an up-to-date, end-to-end overview of the production process of cereal products
  • Edited by active cereals researchers working in industry, with experts from both academia and industry supplying content
  • Includes essential information on both ingredients and processes in the production of breakfast cereals
  • Discusses materials, cooking and packaging
  • Includes nutrition, quality and safety


Food developers working in industry developing cereal products, Reference for academics, Postgraduate students studying food processing

Table of Contents

  • 1. Breakfast Cereals and How They are Made - Introduction
    Alicia A. Perdon, Kaisa S. Poutanen, and Sylvia L. Schonauer
    2. Breakfast Cereals-Forms, Ingredients, and Process Flow
    Robert Fast, Alicia A. Perdon, and Sylvia L. Schonauer

    Section One - Raw Materials' Fundamentals
    3. An Agronomic Overview of US Cereal Cropping Systems
    Maria Arlene A. Adviento-Borbe
    4. Cereal Grains and Other Ingredients
    Alicia A. Perdon and Ulla Holopainen-Mantila
    5. Cereal Raw Material Pretreatment
    Kaisa S. Poutanen
    6. Major Changes in Cereal Biopolymers During Ready-to-Eat Cereal Processing
    Victor T. Huang and Alicia A. Perdon
    7. Extrusion--Cooking and Expansion
    Magdalena Kristiawan, Laurent Chaunier, Aleida J. Sandoval, and Guy Della Valle
    8. Thin-Layer Sugar Crystallization Principles
    Richard W. Hartel

    Section Two - Process and Packaging
    9. Material Handling and Transporting
    Sylvia L. Schonauer and Robert B. Fast
    10. Weighing and Blending (including granola processing)
    Robert Fast, Alicia A. Perdon, and Sylvia L. Schonauer
    11. Cookinglwood Caldwell
    Robert Fast, Bradley Strahm, Paul Whalen, and Sylvia L. Schonauer
    12. Drying
    James C. Breslin
    13. Milling and Forming
    Joseph A. George, Elwood F. Caldwell, Robert B. Fast, Charles Lauhoff, and Leon Levine
    14. Tempering
    Elwood Caldwell, Robert Fast, James Ievolella, Harry Levine, Louise Slade, Sylvia L. Schonauer, and Alicia A. Perdon
    15. Toasting
    James C. Breslin and Kevin Knott
    16. Coating
    James C. Breslin, Robert E. Burns, and Wilf H. Jones
    17. Fortification
    Carol Saade and Emily O. Arijaje
    18. Packaging Technology and Food Quality
    Frank E. Pringle, Edward J. Monahan, and Elwood F. Caldwell

    Section Three - Finished Food
    19. Nutritional Aspects of Breakfast Cereals
    Julie Miller Jones and Kaisa S. Poutanen
    20. Environmental Challenges in Breakfast Cereal Manufacture
    John Etzcorn and Alicia A. Perdon
    21. Breakfast Cereals: Current and Future Challenges
    Steve Leusner

Product details

  • No. of pages: 476
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing and AACC International Press 2020
  • Published: January 9, 2020
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing and AACC International Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128120446
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128120439

About the Editors

Alicia Perdon

Alicia Antonio Perdon is a cereal scientist with more than 25 years of experience in the breakfast cereal industry. Dr. Perdon started her career in research at the International Rice Research Institute where she authored more than a dozen papers on rice functionality and biochemistry. While working on her graduate degree, she established the Rice Processing Laboratory at the University of Arkansas. It was at the university where she integrated the food polymer/glass transition concept to understand and improve rice drying/fissuring and co-authored several papers. Working for Kellogg Company and General Mills, Dr. Perdon applied her food material science, sugar crystallization and cereal chemistry expertise to optimize food development and manufacturing processes with a focus on process efficiency and cost reduction while maintaining product quality. Her research resulted in several patents on cereal coating and bran nutritional property improvement. At Kellogg’s, she established a farm to fork global program on rice that included breeding, adoption of sustainable agronomic practices and training on post-harvest processing to reduce waste and improve product quality. Dr. Perdon was a Chairperson and Board of Trustee member for Asia Rice Foundation USA from 2008-16 and the Newsletter Editor for AOCS Food Structure and Functionality Forum from 2006-09. She was a member of the International Food Technologists and American Association of Cereal Chemists for several years.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Fellow, Kellogg Company, Battle Creek, MI, USA

Sylvia Schonauer

Sylvia Schonauer, P.E. is a principal in SSK Consulting, LLC following retirement from the Kellogg Company as Principal Engineer, Advanced Innovation. Dr. Schonauer’s career in the food industry spans over 25 years, previously working in Research and Development for Nestle, Frito-Lay, and KFC organizations. She is coauthor on 35 patent applications or grants worldwide. To date, she has been awarded 6 U.S. patents, several of which were filed worldwide and granted in various jurisdictions. In addition to her patent activity, her academic publications and presentations number approximately 20. In 2015, ASABE, (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers) conferred to her the status of Fellow for her dedication to STEM advancement through ASABE and SWE (Society of Women Engineers) and her many contributions to the engineering profession through the development of unique equipment and processes that positively impacted the company’s ability to have a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal Engineer, Advanced Innovation Kellogg Company, Battle Creek, MI, United States Principal, SSK Consulting, LLC, Bellaire, MI, United States (Retired)

Kaisa Poutanen

Kaisa Poutanen, D.Tech., is research professor emerita at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, with extensive track record in connecting food technology and nutrition sciences. Her research has mainly dealt with development and nutritional physiology of healthy cereal ingredients and foods. She has published over 300 papers in international scientific journals and over 50 book chapters. She has coordinated many international multidisciplinary consortia, including the large European project Healthgrain 2005-2010, and was founder of Healthgrain Forum. She has served in a large number of scientific expert committees internationally. Kaisa Poutanen has received many international scientific rewards and is fellow of International Association for Cereal Science and Technology and of AACC International.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Professor, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, Finland

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