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Revalorisation of vegetable processing industry remnants into high-value functional proteins and other food ingredients

Revalorisation of vegetable processing industry remnants into high-value functional proteins and other food ingredients

Objective

The EU28 imports 77% of the protein it requires, for food or feed, representing an important vulnerability for our economy, risking our self-sufficiency and food security.
GreenProtein aims at a major innovation by producing high-added value, food-grade and fully functional proteins and other ingredients, out of vegetal residues mainly from sugar beet.

The main outcome will be the valorisation of 4,000 tons of agricultural residue /yearly into a high quality dried RuBisCo powder ready to enter into food industry production chains as an alternative of the widely extended egg white preparations or whey protein. We are the first team worldwide, covering the whole food chain, to design an extraction system of functional RuBisCO.

The project will design and implement specific equipment to establish a demonstration plant with capacity of 1,500 kg/hour of vegetal residue input, rendering 28 Kg of dry RuBisCO and 82 Kg of dry dietary fibre (25-30% dry matter).

The obtained protein has top valuable functionalities required in food industry, such as gelling, foaming or emulsifying. The outcomes have excellent market projection due to their application in growing consumer needs like high-protein foodstuff, vegan, halal, etc.

Establishing this DEMO plant will allow fine-tuning the extraction process at industrial scale in order to define the optimal conditions for industrial manufacture. It will be built in a compact design, ready to be “plugged” to the production line, an easily replicable system with a high spreading projection in whole EU.
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Coordinator

KONINKLIJKE COOPERATIE COSUN UA

Address

Van De Reijtstraat 15
4800 Mg Breda

Netherlands

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 1 924 068,58

Participants (10)

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NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 374 338,59

FLORETTE FRANCE GMS

France

EU Contribution

€ 217 226,70

RUITENBERG INGREDIENTS B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 51 625

BIONET SERVICIOS TECNICOS SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 389 908,72

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 669 603,75

EURIZON SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 220 488,87

PAZMANY PETER KATOLIKUS EGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 2 132,50

POSLOVNI I PRAVNI FAKULTET

Serbia

EU Contribution

€ 43 750

PROVALOR BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 230 967,41

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 103 251,25

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 720728

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2016

  • End date

    28 February 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 546 519,33

  • EU contribution

    € 4 227 361,37

Coordinated by:

KONINKLIJKE COOPERATIE COSUN UA

Netherlands