The main objective of this project is to develop a new technology on resins which will enable extraction and selective recovery of aromatic compounds from food processing wastes. Indeed, nowadays, food industry does not have technologies efficient enough to avoid aromatic losses and to recover the whole aromatic compounds of the product. It results in many losses and biochemical changes which affect the quality of the extracted flavour. The main objectives of the project are: * The development of a continuous process to recover flavours from agro-food processing wastes on-line. This is an important innovation as actual processes are batch one. This is a necessary goal in order to achieve the economical viability for the system.* Improvements for the agro-food industry: amelioration of the taste by using natural reinforcements at low cost.* Taking into account the increasing demand of high quality natural products from consumers. Consumers are now more aware of green issues and are rejecting artificial substances in favour of natural alternative. There is a growing trend in favour of aromatic extracts for a number of large scale uses, including flavouring, fragrances, agricultural, pharmaceutical or medicinal preparations.* Conversion of environmentally-unfriendly wastes into food or non food ingredients. There is considerable industrial and political pressure to convert wastes into useful products. This project will bring together European partners to develop means for exploiting wastes for the extraction of high quality and commercially valuable products. SMEs will be very interested in the results of the project because they will find a new way to valorise their wastes with a high added value. Indeed, the flavour consuming branches of activity are a very interesting target for agro-food industry.The economic gain will be important. Many studies have been carried out in the wine industry (the added value of the recovered product represent up to 5% per bottle) results obtained could be easily extrapolated to other products (fruit, beer...). This project is included in BRITE EURAM Areas. The subject covered by the proposal is Area l: 1.2.2.S that is
Reducing waste and enabling the re-use of materials (e.g. packaging materials), by-products and waste (particularly water and industrial solvents), for example b y enhanced operations of separation for example using membrane technology, purification, cleaning and fluid handling technologies for process applications aimed at preventing releases for hazardous or environmentally harmful substances
. Two other areas are covered by the proposal: 2.4.2.M and 1.2.4.M.
Funding SchemeCRS - Cooperative research contracts
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