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Development of a new premium beverage: sparkling wine from Brazilian native bees honey

Grant number: 19/09109-1
Support type:Research Grants - Innovative Research in Small Business - PIPE
Duration: July 01, 2020 - March 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Food Science and Technology - Food Technology
Principal researcher:Juliana Massimino Feres
Grantee:Juliana Massimino Feres
Company:Mira Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento Ltda. - ME
CNAE: Fabricação de produtos alimentícios não especificados anteriormente
City: São Carlos
Assoc. researchers: Mariana Machitte de Freitas ; Mariana Massimino Feres ; Paulo Renato Matos Lopes ; Thais Guaratini ; Túlio Marcos Nunes
Associated scholarship(s):20/08753-1 - Development of a new premium beverage: sparkling wine from Brazilian native bees honey, BP.PIPE
20/08756-0 - Meliponary management destined for the development of the Project "Development of a new premium drink: sparkling from Brazilian native bees honey", BP.TT


Brazil is one of the largest honey producers in the world and the eighth largest exporter. The main bee species beekept in the country is the exotic Apis mellifera (the Western honey bee), with high productivity and well regulated management in the country. On the other hand, there are more than 1,500 native bee species known in Brazil, and more than 200 are stingless bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Meliponina). The rational breeding of sintgless bees, called meliponiculture, has increased in Brazil during the past 10 years, involving innovative techniques and practices and use of its products. The possibilities of using native bee products are numerous, including not only the honey itself, but also wax, propolis and pollen, as well as its application in landscaping, leisure, tourism, environmental education and scientific studies. The stingless bee honeys present a wide variation of flavor, color and aroma, which make them a rich raw material for the development of new products, although extensive scientific research is still necessary for proper understanding of their chemical and microbiological features. One of the most promising usages is the alcoholic fermentation of stingless bees honey, making an attractive result similar to a dry wine. The beverage sector in Brazil has grown above Gross Domestic Product in recent years, which stimulates the search for new products. The main growth trends in the sector involve premium products made from natural raw material, as is evidenced by the great success of artisanal breweries that have grown substantially in recent years. In Brazil, there are few registered establishments producing fermented beverages from honey and, to date, none could be found using Brazilian stingless bees honey. The great diversity of native bees in Brazil presents a daring opportunity to combine scientific research with the creation of a totally innovative product with no similar contender available in the national market. In this scenario, there are appealing conditions for the goal of this proposal: the development of an innovative product, a premium honey sparkling produced from stingless bee honey, which indirectly values and stimulates the preservation of the Brazilian fauna. The result of this project is going to offer a unique product to the market, developed with social and environmental responsibility, and valuing the Brazilian culture and biodiversity. (AU)

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