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Development of cholesterol lowering foods through bioactive proteins and fibres

Objective

BioProFibre will develop a range of cholesterol-lowering foods and demonstrate their effect on humans in a clinical study. This will allow SMEs to participate in the attractive functional food market, giving them improved competitiveness. The new products have the potential to generate 12 Mio ? extra annual turnover and additional employment at the SMEs involved. Society will also benefit because consumers will have access to a wider variety of tasty cholesterol-lowering foods. SMEs represent >99% of all companies and >60% of total turnover in the food sector. But they are under severe pressure from large companies which have bigger and more efficient plants and superior marketing organisations. SMEs hence must move into markets with higher margins and growth rates. The functional food market offers both these benefits. However, the cost necessary to demonstrate the health benefits of such foods cannot be afforded by SMEs. Nine food manufacturing SMEs will develop cholesterol-lowering foods in conjunction with two food ingredient companies and two RTD-performers. The latter possess the expertise necessary to convert plant-based ingredients into foods and to demonstrate the hypocholesterolemic activity via in-vitro tests, animal studies and clinical studies on humans. As innovative approach, BioProFibre will demonstrate the bioactivity of the ingredients and their stability during processing, plus potential synergies from different protein and fibre ingredients. This will significantly reduce the effort required to generate data that demonstrate the health benefits of these foods and will also increase opportunities for making new cholesterol-lowering foods. In contrast to current cholesterol-lowering foods which contain minute amounts of phytosterols or stanol esters added to regular products, BioProFibre will develop new natural foods using bioactive ingredients that also texturize and stabilise the foods and so can partly or completely replace original ingredients.

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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E V

Address

Hansastrasse 27c
Muenchen

Germany

Administrative Contact

Peter EISNER (Dr)

Participants (12)

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VITAM HEFE-PRODUKT GMBH

Germany

SHANNON MINERALS LTD.

Ireland

NATURE ET ALIMENTS S.A.

France

JOSEF RECHEIS EIERTEIGWAREN UND WALZMÜHLE GMBH

Austria

VALFLEURI S.A.

France

PATERSON ARRAN LTD.

United Kingdom

CORMA VLEESWAREN N.V.

Belgium

HAMBOERKE N.V.

Belgium

CREANUTRITION AG

Switzerland

UNIVERSITÁ DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO

Italy

HERBSTREITH AND FOX KG PEKTIN-FABRIK

Germany

LABORATORIOS ALMOND S.L.

Spain

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 32075

  • Start date

    1 July 2006

  • End date

    31 May 2009

Funded under:

FP6-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 970 900

  • EU contribution

    € 1 215 350

Coordinated by:

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E V

Germany