6 - GREECE - AVOYOG Smoothie Beverage
School: National Technical University of Athens, School of chemical engineering
Short description: AVOYOG is a functional eco-friendly innovative smoothie beverage from avocado and Greek yoghurt whey.
AVOYOG is a smooth consistency ready-to-drink beverage containing Greek avocado and strained (Greek or Greek-type) yoghurt whey, enriched with prebiotic fibers, natural antioxidant extract and vitamin C. It has great nutritional value as it contains vegetable fats, mainly monounsaturated fibers, proteins, vitamins and minerals and has increased antioxidant activity. It is free of preservatives, colour additives and others, and most importantly no sugar is added. High Pressure processing used for the cold pasteurization to achieve microbiological stability contributes to the preservation of “fresh-like” flavour, taste, appearance and nutritional properties (similar to the freshly blended and prepared smoothie beverages). One essential characteristic is that AVOYOG is an eco-friendly product since it uses strained yoghurt industry by-product (acid whey), the exploitation of which is a major issue for the dairy industry. AVOYOG aims to fulfill consumer demands for on-the-go consumption, fresh-like and health boosting properties offered by smoothies and smoothie-type beverages. It can be consumed as breakfast, workout or between-meals snacks during the day. The shelf life of the product is estimated at 6 months under refrigeration..